When editor Lauren Wein read Hungarian novelist Peter Gardos’s novel “Fever at Dawn,” she discovered a surprising resonance with the tale of her grandmother and great aunt who survived the camps.
Nearly 100 years ago, ten percent of the population in what was then known as Palestine were Christian. Today, they comprise two percent in the Palestinian territories and their numbers are dwindling. Danish journalist has authored “The Last Supper: The Plight of Christians in Arab Lands,” from which this passage has been excerpted to figure out why.9
The joys of Reiner Stach’s “Is That Kafka? 99 Finds” are too numerous to mention. But Philip Eil digs up a few of his favorites, including early drafts, little-known vignettes, and even his high school diploma.
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
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
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