Arts & Culture

How the Birth Control Pill Changed Everything

By Pamela Cytrynbaum

Jonathan Eig usually writes about jocks and gangsters. His latest book is on the creation of the birth control pill, which he insists is more exciting than you might think.Read More

The Spookiest Jewish Museum on the Planet

By Debra Nussbaum Cohen

Brooklyn’s Morbid Anatomy Museum features 5,000 objects celebrating the dead. On Halloween, it also raises a question: Why are so many Jews obsessed with this macabre stuff?Read More

Channeling Freud To Prevent the Next Barry Freundel

By Elie Jesner

Rabbi Barry Freundel probably never sat down in a non-judgmental atmosphere to talk about the sexual dimension of his work. One shrink says all rabbis should do that.Read More

Revival of ‘On the Town’ Goes Forward Into the Past on Broadway

By Jesse Oxfeld

It’s hard get more (delightfully) nostalgic than the musical ‘On the Town.’ Even 70 years later, the musical’s charms translate easily to today’s Broadway stage, Jesse Oxfeld writes.Read More

Utopian Dream of Israel Dies in 'Salt of the Earth'

By Joshua Furst

‘Salt of the Earth,’ a puppet production at BAM, is a brave piece of political theater, Joshua Furst writes. It tells the story of the death of Israeli idealism.Read More

Stunning New Louvre of Jewish Museums Opens in Warsaw

By A.J. Goldmann

Replete with poignant history, shimmering multimedia, and interactive features, Warsaw’s just-opened Jewish museum is like a stunning Louvre of our own, A.J. Goldmann writes.Read More

Childhood Beliefs

By Liana Finck

Liana Finck asks a very intimate question: What were your childhood beliefs? The answers are enlightening.Read More

Is 'Amy Winehouse' Exhibit Too Loving a Portrait?

By Avi Pitchon

A show on the life of Amy Winehouse was curated with the assistance of the late singer’s family. Is it a bit too loving a portrait of the troubled superstar?Read More

'Crossing Brooklyn' Scratches Surface of Hyperlocal Potential in Hippest Borough

By Anya Ulinich

The Brooklyn Museum’s new exhibit focuses on the art of — where else? — the hippest borough. Anya Ulinich finds that many things are left unsaid — in a very Brooklyn way.Read More

King (Norman) Lear Looks Back at Those '70s Shows

By Curt Schleier

Norman Lear created some of the most popular TV series of the 1970s. A new memoir describes his Jewy upbringing and how he stumbled upon the sitcom genre.Read More

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