Joshua Furst


'Seinfeld' Revolutionized Pop Culture 25 Years Ago — and That's a Bad Thing

By Joshua Furst

'Seinfeld' Revolutionized Pop Culture 25 Years Ago — and That's a Bad Thing
25 years ago, ‘Seinfeld’ debuted and revolutionized American pop culture. Joshua Furst argues it also paved the way for smug complacency and entitlement.Read More


An Empty Bob Dylan Biography

By Joshua Furst

An Empty Bob Dylan Biography
What does Dennis McDougal’s new biography of Bob Dylan add to the legend of The Bard? For Joshua Furst, not much.Read More


Michael Shannon Makes Eugene Ionesco's Disorienting 'The Killer' Memorable

By Joshua Furst

Michael Shannon Makes Eugene Ionesco's Disorienting 'The Killer' Memorable
Eugene Ionesco’s absurdist play ‘The Killer’ provokes and engages its audience. Michael Shannon’s star turn as a befuddled Everyman has a lot to do with it, as Josh Furst explains.Read More


Still Waiting for Godot

By Joshua Furst

Still Waiting for Godot
Marek Hlasko’s newly translated novel is about two Polish con men in Tel Aviv. It paints a bleak picture of the land in which the author never felt at home.Read More


When Diane Arbus Met a Giant in Her Field

By Joshua Furst

When Diane Arbus Met a Giant in Her Field
Both Diane Arbus and Eddie Carmel, the ‘Jewish giant’ she photographed, can be seen as metaphors for assimilation. The Jewish Museum’s new exhibit explores the curious parallels.Read More






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