Son of a writer, grandson of a theater contractor, writer and producer Jack Viertel explains how the greatest Broadway musicals have been built.
So, do we need another biography of Barbra Streisand. Author Neal Gabler seems to think we do, but critic Jesse Oxfeld isn’t entirely convinced.3
Everyone from Nathaniel Hawthorne to Philip Roth has entertained “What If?” scenarios. Now, Amazon’s “The Man in the High Castle” and Israeli sci-fi author Lavie Tidhar take that speculative approach to the Nazi era — with intriguing and disturbing results.20
Owner Isaac Yosef doesn’t want Frena to be the best kosher bakery in the Bay Area. He wants it to be the best bakery, period.
Chicago-born literary historian Daniel Aaron has died at the age of 103. Benjamin Ivry remembers Aaron’s literary and humanitarian contributions at the Library of America, Harvard and beyond.
Noted Democracy Now host and liberal firebrand Amy Goodman explains how being the descendant of rabbis has helped to shape her approach to politics and broadcasting.37
As we observe the 400th anniversary of Miguel de Cervantes’s death, Benjamin Ivry commemorates the occasion by speaking with Cervantes expert Ruth Fine about the Jewish origins of Don Quixote’s creator and some of the stranger interpretations of his novel.3
Has there ever been a Jewier Jew than Barbra Streisand in American pop culture? To Neal Gabler, who has written a new biography of Babs, Streisand’s greatest accomplishment was transforming her Jewishness into a metaphor.14
It wasn’t just that the novel’s prologue seems to feature Sir Isaac Newton in a romantic liaison with a young Italian man that caught my attention.
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