Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Here I Am” was 11 years in the making. Yevgeniya Traps asks if the new novel was worth the wait.
Controversial Jewish photographer Nan Goldin’s new exhibit at MOMA revisits her classic “Ballad of Sexual Dependency” and suggests some parallels with the author Elena Ferrante.
Artist Eva Hesse, who died of a brain tumor at 34, is the subject of a new documentary and a new volume of letters. Yevgeniya Traps explores Hesse’s art, her recklessness, her authenticity and her depression.
Nobel Prize-winning author Patrick Modiano writes as if through a scrim — his work transparent yet cloudy. Yevgeniya Traps reviews a raft of newly translated Modiano and explains how a grim incident in the author’s childhood inadvertently helped to create his wondrous career.
Carrie Brownstein was the co-creator of both “Portlandia” and Sleater-Kinney. The rocker turned alt-icon has now turned memoirist with “Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl.” Yevgeniya Traps offers her assessment.
Garth Risk Hallberg’s debut novel starts on New Year’s Eve 1976 and ends on the July 13, 1977 New York City blackout. But is it worth the 944-page trek to get from Point A to Point B?
Gego’s exhibit “Autobiography of a Line” reveals eerily beautiful sculptures reminiscent of the Holocaust and the artist’s past.
Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector has been dubbed the most important Jewish writer since Kafka. It’s said she wrote like Virginia Woolf — and looked like Marlene Dietrich.
Colombian artist Doris Salcedo, whose provocative work is on display at the Guggenheim, confronts ideas of violence, oppression and injustice through her art.
Psoy Korolenko — a mad professor type who resembles a jet-lagged Allen Ginsberg after a couple of espressos — is one of the most intriguing and idiosyncratic performers at Kulturfest. Yevgeniya Traps tries to keep pace with the high-energy artist.