Arts & Culture


A New Jersey Tale of Two Alfred Doblins — and One Umlaut

By Allan M. Jalon

Weimar era novelist Alfred Doblin is little appreciated outside literary circles. His strange connection to New Jersey’s Bridgegate scandal lands him a spot in Our Promised Lands series.Read More


The Origins of Yiddish: Part Fier

By Philologos

The true origins of Yiddish may never be found. Philologos argues that a synthesis of three different theories may best explain the migration of the language over time.Read More


Writing About Gaza From Comfort of Debra Winger's Manhattan Pad

By Sayed Kashua

Israeli Arab writer Sayed Kashua asks if he can sound credible writing about Gaza while sitting in a Manhattan apartment that belongs to a friend named Debra Winger.Read More


Remembering More Than a Century of Bel Kaufman's Rebellious Charm

By Benjamin Ivry

Born Bella Kaufman in 1911, the legendary author of ‘Up the Down Staircase’ and granddaughter of Sholem Aleichem has died at 103.Read More


Ari Goldman Goes From New York Times Journalist To Amateur Cellist

By Anna Goldenberg

When Ari Goldman took up the cello in earnest for his 60th birthday party, he learnt that being a late starter meant giving up perfection. It also has a lot in common with Judaism.Read More


Anya Ulinich Makes Her Graphic Debut

By Paul Berger

“You will stomp us into the dirt,” is how her mother responded to Anya Ulinich’s new tragicomic graphic novel. Paul Berger had a more open view of ‘Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel’!Read More


Richard Linklater’s 'Boyhood' Captures the Spirit of the Time

By Jay Michaelson

Richard Linklater’s coming-of-age epic ‘Boyhood’ shows the interplay between sublime moments and the everyday — just like in Jewish esoteric traditions, writes Jay Michaelson.Read More


Avery Corman's Bronx Tale

By Gabe Friedman

The Bronx used to be filled with candy stores, movie theaters, and kids playing stickball. The author of ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’ offers an ode to a lost New York era in his new memoir.Read More


Woody Allen’s 'Magic in the Moonlight' Will Be Forgotten Soon

By Ezra Glinter

Do rotten people make great art? Maybe. But whatever you think of Woody Allen, his new film ‘Magic in the Moonlight’ offers little evidence to back up that theory, Ezra Glinter writes.Read More





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