Jonathan Franzen’s ‘Purity’ contains some of his most powerful writing — and some of his clunkiest. Joshua Furst takes the pulse of our nation’s foremost purveyor of ‘morally serious fiction.’
Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector has been dubbed the most important Jewish writer since Kafka. It’s said she wrote like Virginia Woolf — and looked like Marlene Dietrich.
How Aviya Kushner’s search for the appropriate words to say at her sister’s wedding led her on a quest for self-awareness — and biblical knowledge.
Josh Cohen’s ‘The Book of Numbers’ has been one of the year’s most highly-touted books. Raphael Magarik delves into the meta-meta-meta-meta novel — and finds one meta too many.
Benjy Melendez formed one of the Bronx’s most notorious gangs and later discovered his family’s crypto-Jewish past. If you think that would be a good subject for a graphic novel, you’d be right.
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis, cloning, gene therapy. Some technical advances make us question what personhood means. Jewish philosophy professor Alan Mittleman offers some guidance.
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