Susan Comninos


When Meyer Lansky Fell in Love with a Holocaust Survivor

By Susan Comninos

When Meyer Lansky Fell in Love with a Holocaust Survivor
Zachary Lazar’s new novel about Meyer Lansky searches for ties between past and present. In the process, it asks us questions about journalism, identity and ourselves.Read More


Peter Orner Will Break Your Heart

By Susan Comninos

Peter Orner Will Break Your Heart
Peter Orner returns to his bailiwick — namely short stories — in ‘Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge.’ The new collection will haunt readers without exhausting them.Read More


Klezmer Musician's Death Plunges Author Into Exploration of Madness and Grief

By Susan Comninos

Klezmer Musician's Death Plunges Author Into Exploration of Madness and Grief
A lean and beautifully written memoir of psychosis, Sarah Manguso’s The Guardians’ explores her grief after the suicide of a close friend, klezmer musician Harris J. Wulfson.Read More


Radio Kvetcher Jonathan Goldstein Is Still Learning How To Grow Up

By Susan Comninos

Radio Kvetcher Jonathan Goldstein Is Still Learning How To Grow Up
Jonathan Goldstein, producer of WireTap and author of a new essay collection called “I’ll Seize The Day Tomorrow” reflects on his career and his persistent immaturity.Read More


What Has He Done To Deserve This?

By Susan Comninos

What Has He Done To Deserve This?
In his dark, literate and startlingly compassionate memoir, James Lasdun explores being harassed by a former student whose writing he championed.Read More






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