From artwork about the lynchings of African-Americans to the plight of the poor and socially disenfranchised, Jews have been on the forefront of social awareness. A new book asks why.
On his deathbed, Nobel Prize-winning author Saul Bellow asked ‘Was I a man or was I a jerk?’ 100 years after Bellow’s birth, Zachary Leader’s biography examines why we still care about the answer.
Aleksandar Hemon’s new novel asks us how we avoid turning into either zombies or zombie hunters. Sex, violence, chaos and pointed social commentary ensue in this tale of Chicago.
When she was a teen, Judy Bolton-Fasman’s father wouldn’t let her read ‘Marjorie Morningstar.’ Now, as the book’s author Herman Wouk celebrates his 100th birthday, she thinks she’s figured out why.
Dr. Ruth became a pioneer for talking publicly (and frankly) about sex. Anna Goldenberg asks if the 87-year-old grandma still has anything to teach us about what we do — and don’t do — between the sheets.15
In spite of its brevity, Etgar Keret’s first memoir delivers some very big truths about the public and private lives of the Israeli author, and his society writ large.
When painter Sarah Yuster asked Saul Bellow if she could become his official portrait artist, she was surprised by the Nobel Prize winner’s response.
The greatest irony of the Bible is that it stands for the opposite of irony — yet it is filled with it. Jay Michaelson examines a new study of Jews’ peculiar relationship with the holy book.
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