Benjamin Pollak


American Eccentrics

By Benjamin Pollak

Homer and Langley Collyer became reluctant celebrities in the late 1930s when their decaying Harlem mansion began to attract the attention of neighbors and the press. Scions of an old New York family, the Collyer brothers had lived alone in the four-story brownstone since their mother’s death in the late ‘20s, leaving their home less and less often, as Homer lost his eyesight and the once-fashionable neighborhood sank into poverty. Instead, the brothers brought the outside world to them, compulsively collecting, among other things, newspapers, books, outdated medical equipment, pianos (at least 14 were later found), and the better part of a Ford Model T.Read More


Holy Scriptures Batman! Bible as Comedy

By Benjamin Pollak

Holy Scriptures Batman! Bible as Comedy
We all know the stories of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, and Noah and his ark, but not quite the way Jonathan Goldstein tells them in “Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bible!” In his latest book, a collection of stories, Goldstein revisits seminal episodes from the Tanach, rewriting its heroes as a vaudevillian caste of schlemiels and ruffians selected, in God’s inscrutable wisdom, for greatness.Read More



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