Could Boris Gelfand become the first Israeli world chess champion?
Zackary Sholem Berger explores the Hasidic literary underground.
White-collar criminal Andrew G. Bodnar wasn’t just ordered to write a book as part of his sentence, he also considered “Call me a schlemiel” as the opening line.
- Sacha Baron Cohen is being criticized for presenting negative stereotypes of Arabs in “The Dictator.” Can’t say this one was hard to see coming.
Aaron Sorkin has signed on to write the script for a Steve Jobs biopic.
The online Museum of Family History has a new exhibit on “The Remarkable Zalmen Zylbercweig,” editor of the six-volume “Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre.”
Joseph Epstein reflects on his friendship with art critic Hilton Kramer in The New Criterion.
Frieda Vizel talks to David Assaf, scholar of Hasidic history, about contemporary Hasidism and whether a rebbe ever condemned him to Hell.
Who are the great literary roommates of history? Saul Bellow and Ralph Ellison, to start with.
The Evergreen Reviews pays tribute to its founder and longtime editor, Barney Rosset.
David P. Goldman writes about Michael Willens, grandson of Yiddish theater composers and head of one of Germany’s premiere chamber orchestras.
In the latest issue of the LABA Journal, Karen Loew chats with passersby at the corner of 14th Street and First Avenue in Manhattan, Elissa Strauss reflects on urban enlightenment and Stephen Hazan Arnoff writes about “A City Built on Rock and Roll.” Also make sure to check out the LABA Festival, happening this weekend at the 14th Street Y.
Jordan has freed the publisher of an online newspaper charged with propagating “anti-regime sentiment.”
Actor Elliott Gould has become the new face of Aish HaTorah.
Watch Mandy Patinkin speaking at a Peace Now conference in Jerusalem.
Read an excerpt from Isaac Bashevis Singer and Maurice Sendak’s “Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories.”
Seth Lipsky defends the Obama campaign’s new “Forward” slogan.
Roman Polanski is set to direct “D,” a thriller about the Dreyfus Affair.
Comic book legend Stan Lee is writing an Elvis comic.
Listen to a recording from the legendary Yiddish poet, partisan and Shoah song collector Shmerke Kaczerginski.
Take a look at the first book illustrated by Maurice Sendak.
- The New York Freudian Society is attempting to update its image by changing its name to the Contemporary Freudian Society.
Listen to the only known recording of Freud speaking.
Watch a previously unseen Beastie Boys video from the unaired third season of “Chapelle’s Show.”
Director David Cronenberg will take a turn in front of the camera as a crazed scientist on the Syfy show “Rewind.”
The New York Times’ Dennis Lim talks to the Supreme Leader of Wadiya.
The International Writers’ Festival at Jerusalem’s Mishkenot Sha’ananim will include meetings with Palestinian authors.
The Spielberg family has honored 95-year-old Arnold Meyer Spielberg with its first Inspiration Award from the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation Institute.
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