Arts & Culture


From ‘Gullboy (a novel)’ by Wade Rubenstein

Each month, in coordination with “Novel Jews,” our reading series in New York, the Forward publishes an excerpt from the work of that month’s series guest or guests. Though the reading series takes a hiatus this month, we figured everyone still could meet on the page. In celebration of summer, we offer readers a selection fromRead More


Jewish Music Goes Grunge

By Mordechai Shinefield

Recently, before a packed audience in New York, a musician named Yaniv Tsaidi readjusted the clip holding down his yarmulke, stepped toward his microphone and began to scream. But the 29-year-old singer wasn’t just screaming. He was screaming his prayers.Tsaidi is the lead singer of Heedoosh, a new grunge-pop Jewish band that played to aRead More


Ultra-problematic

By Philologos

‘Thousands of Israeli ultranationalists rallied Tuesday against a Gaza pullout,” began a Reuters news dispatch on Wednesday, August 3. Is this an accurate or a biased description on Reuters’s part?“Ultra” is an odd prefix because it can have either a positive, negative or neutral connotation depending on what word it goes with.Read More


Anna Kamienska in The Wilderness

By David Curzon

The wilderness in the Torah is both a geographic place and a figurative region.Moses, in the first chapter of Deuteronomy, speaking “to all Israel,” recapitulates the journeys they have taken. He reminds them that God, condemning the generation that came out of Egypt, told them to turn back from the Promised Land after the incidentRead More


Kubrick’s Unrealized Vision

By A.J. Goldmann

When Stanley Kubrick died in March 1999 during the post-production of his final film, “Eyes Wide Shut,” he left behind several pet projects he had been working on for decades. These included a science-fiction riff on “Pinocchio” (later finished by Steven Spielberg as “A.I.”), a historical biopic of the life ofRead More


Wild at Heart

By David Kaufmann

Maurice Sendak, the focus of a retrospective running at The Jewish Museum in New York until August 14, is the poet laureate of ambivalence. In a career of more than 50 years spent writing and illustrating children’s books, he has largely managed to avoid the sentimentalizing idealization that ruins so much of our thinking about kids. HisRead More


Masada’s Jazz Legacy Endures

By Fred Kaplan

John Zorn’s Masada is one of the tightest, wittiest, most energetic, most appealing — simply one of the best — jazz bands to emerge in the past 15 years. So it’s no wonder that Zorn, a man as cleverly entrepreneurial as he is creatively passionate, should turn the name into an infinitely expansive genre.The band cut its finalRead More


Forced March

By Miklos Radnoti

Crazy. He stumbles, flops, gets up, and trudges on again.

He moves his ankles and his knees like one wandering pain,

then sallies forth, as if a wing lifted him where he went,

and when the ditch invited him in, he dare not give consent,and if you were to ask why not? perhaps his answer is

a woman waits, a death more wise,more beautifulRead More


Windy City Offers a Window Into the Heart of America

By Saul Austerlitz

The Washington Story By Adam Langer Riverhead Books, 416 pages, $24.95. * * *Once may have been an honest mistake, but twice, it must be a trend. Adam Langer’s second novel is titled “The Washington Story,” though it has little to do with our nation’s capital — just as his debut, “Crossing California,” took placeRead More


Forced March

By Dan Kaufman

Sometime in early 1946, about one year after the Red Army liberated Hungary, local officials in the western Hungarian town of Abda unearthed a mass grave filled with the decomposing corpses of 22 Jewish slave laborers. Among the bodies lay the 35-year-old Hungarian-Jewish poet Miklós Radnóti, executed in November 1944 by a bullet to the neckRead More


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