Boris Fishman


Seeking Bernard Malamud on His 100th Birthday

By Boris Fishman

Seeking Bernard Malamud on His 100th Birthday
There was a time when Boris Fishman felt stymied, lovelorn and miserable. But then he started reading Bernard Malamud, who was born 100 years ago today, and everything changed.Read More


What Gabriel Garcia Marquez Taught Me

By Boris Fishman

What Gabriel Garcia Marquez Taught Me
You wouldn’t think that a Soviet-Jewish immigrant would find much in common with Gabriel Garcia Marquez. But the late novelist once helped Boris Fishman find his first love.Read More


Wedding the Personal and Political

By Boris Fishman

Politics so comprehensively saturates Israeli life that even the most apolitical Israeli film ends up invoking it, if only by assiduous omission. In “The Syrian Bride,” opening November 16 in New York, Israeli director Eran Riklis not only acknowledges the elephant in the room but also gives it central billing. Ironically, he ends upRead More


Airing the Family’s (Blood-stained) Laundry

By Boris Fishman

Blood Relation By Eric Konigsberg HarperCollins, 288 pages, $25.95. * * *As a teenager at a boarding school, journalist Eric Konigsberg came across a groundskeeper who once had worked the mob beat as a New York cop. The man asked Eric if he was related to infamous mob hitman Harold Konigsberg. Thanks to his family’s well-meaningRead More


In a Corner of Austria, A Curator Plays With a Taboo

By Boris Fishman

The far-western Austrian market town of Hohenems (population 14,000) is a good place to take in a chamber orchestra during one of many regional summer music festivals or to learn about water-driven mill technology, once a mainstay of the town’s economy. Less predictably, it’s also the location of one of Europe’s most innovativeRead More



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