Louie Kemp, Bob Dylan’s pal since childhood and Camp Herzl, will write a memoir of their lifelong friendship and, perhaps, his own success story as a frozen fish entrepreneur.
In the mid-1970’s, beat poet laureate Allen Ginsberg composed the poem “Father Death Blues” about the passing of his father.7
Shortly before his death, Edgar Bronfman completed “Why Be Jewish?” — an earnest, chatty book about his faith. But Bronfman left one surprising item out of his testament, and that makes it a quietly subversive volume.7
Raphael Magarik tries to figure out why the Holocaust memoir “But You Did Not Come Back,” by Marceline Loridan-Ivens has become such a phenomenal international success. The answer has something to do with the current anti-Semitic climate in France.
Nobel Prize-winning author Patrick Modiano writes as if through a scrim — his work transparent yet cloudy. Yevgeniya Traps reviews a raft of newly translated Modiano and explains how a grim incident in the author’s childhood inadvertently helped to create his wondrous career.
This year marks the 450th anniversary of Nostradamus’s death. A little known fact is that the 16th century seer — who was said to foretell 9/11 and the death of Princess Diana — hailed from Jewish ancestry.
Arthur Miller’s 1953 masterpiece of witch trials and McCarthyism returns to Broadway in a brilliant revival that reminds the viewer all too well of what Philip Roth referred to as “The indigenous American berserk.”10
Nobel Prize-winning author Imre Kertész has died at the age of 86. Benjamin Ivry recalls the author’s identity as a Jewish writer and his pointed criticism of those who wrote about the Holocaust.
Israeli writer Aharon Megged has died at the age of 95. Benjamin Ivry remembers the legacy of the fiery and contradictory scribe who was anything but the hackneyed stereotype of an inward-looking kibbutznik.
Almost exactly years ago, A.J. Liebling became infatuated with a French stranger named Albert Camus. Robert Zaretsky chronicles the surprising friendship between the Jewish New Yorker writer and the French existentialist.
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