Rachel Gordan


How Phyllis Lambert Changed the Architecture of New York

By Rachel Gordan

How Phyllis Lambert Changed the Architecture of New York
Until the 1950s, architecture in New York was not much to look at. Phyllis Lambert explains how she helped to transform the world’s most famous skyline.Read More


When 'Gentleman's Agreement' Made Jewish Oscars History

By Rachel Gordan

When 'Gentleman's Agreement' Made Jewish Oscars History
‘Gentleman’s Agreement,’ the story of a reporter investigating anti-Semitism, made movie history by winning the Oscar. The true story of author Laura Hobson is even more interesting.Read More


Herman Wouk’s ‘The Lawgiver’ Marks Return to Form

By Rachel Gordan

Herman Wouk’s ‘The Lawgiver’ Marks Return to Form
What kind of author writes himself into his own novel? One with a great deal of hubris. But if that writer is 97-year-old Herman Wouk, we may judge him sympathetically.Read More


Where Is the Jewish Lichtenstein?

By Rachel Gordan

Where Is the Jewish Lichtenstein?
“Jews and comic books” is a topic that has received extensive treatment in the last 15 years. But what of the Jewish visual artists whose paintings are inspired by comic books? What of Roy Lichtenstein? Jewish studies scholars can look forward to the day when a dissertation is written about Lichtenstein as a Jewish artist, or an exhibition is curated on the same theme.Read More


Marjorie at Fifty-Five

By Rachel Gordan

Marjorie at Fifty-Five
“Marjorie,” the story of a bedazzling Jewess on Manhattan’s Upper West Side who dreams of becoming an actress, was not exactly what critics expected from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Caine Mutiny,” although reviewers took the novel as proof of Wouk’s anti-intellectual, conformist point of view. Literary critic Leslie Fiedler called “Marjorie” “the first fictional celebration of the mid-20th-century detente between the Jews and middle-class America.” When Natalie Wood played Marjorie in 1958, it seemed further proof that Wouk’s was a story about, as Time magazine put it, “an American Everygirl who happens to be Jewish.”Read More



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