Cynthia Ozick, grande dame of Jewish letters, has some issues with critics. And our critic, David L. Ulin, takes issue with some of her criticisms.
“Ben-Hur” has been on the silver screen before, but Ezra Glinter explains that the new version starring Jack Huston might do the best job of showing what life might have been like during the time of Jesus.5
One of the unexpected pleasures of recent years has been the second coming of the South African-born British novelist and playwright Deborah Levy.
After a Kafka-esque process, the Israeli Supreme Court ruled that papers belonging to Franz Kafka should come to Israel.
Unlike T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Wallace Stevens and William Carlos Williams, poet Marianne Moore had an affinity for the Jewish people. Editor Linda Leavell reflects upon Moore’s decided lack of anti-semitism.
Helen Gurley Brown, editor of Cosmo and author of “Sex and the Single Girl” is the subject of Gerry Hirshey’s new biography “Not Pretty Enough,” which considers her Jewishness and her feminism.
Contrary to popular opinion, in WWII, Adolf Hitler could be influenced by public pressure — at least that’s what’s argued in Nathan Stoltzfus’s “Hitler’s Compromises: Coercion and Consensus in Nazi Germany.”
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg brought humor and drama to a production of “Merchant of Venice” set in the Venetian ghetto. Would that the same were true of the production itself, says critic A.J. Goldmann.3
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