Arts & Culture


It’s a Wild Planet, Indeed

By June Scharf

Daniel Grossman can’t help but compare his life to Willy Wonka’s in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” As the founder of Wild Planet, Grossman, 45, spends his day among loads of toys that he manufactures and distributes. The 11-year-old company sells eight brands of gender-neutral, nonviolent toys in the $10-$30Read More


False Messiahs and Whirling Dervishes: A Scholar’s Fresh Take on an Old Topic

By Allan Nadler

The Sabbatean Prophets By Matt Goldish Harvard University Press, 240 pages, $39.95. ——-The following dire, revolutionary proclamation issues forth from a charismatic provocateur in Gaza:“None will be saved from these tribulations except those dwelling in this place. The [very] name of the place [connoting strength] expresses her nature.Read More


At 80, Lang Still Keeps the Flame Alive

By Masha Leon

Guests savored paprika chicken, dumplings, duck liver plus 80 cakes at the June 15 surprise 80th birthday party for George Lang thrown by his wife, Jennifer, daughter Gigi and son Simon. Held at the La Palestra gym — next door to the Café des Artistes, which Lang owns — there was room for Hungarian folk dancers plus 300 well-wishers includingRead More


New Look at False Messiah

well before Shabbetai Zevi’s total defection from Judaism. That latter catastrophe led to the deeper, antinomian apostasy of the later Jewish Sabbateans, as well as to the Donmeh, the school of Muslim believers in Shabbetai Zevi, which persists, very secretly, in Turkey today.Even in contemporary America, though limited to rather marginal JewishRead More


In Defense Of His Amorality

By Jeff Sharlet

Isaac Bashevis Singer’s admirers describe him as a man of impossible paleness, “translucent” skin laced with veins the same shade of blue as his bulging eyes. They say he was small. In photographs, his right eyebrow arches and his thread-thin upper lip sneers. His ears are large and nearly pointed, elegant despite their size, and theRead More


Deconstructing Bashevis

By Ilan Stavans

Addicts, everyone knows, are difficult to satisfy: They don’t want more of the same, but they are ready to test limits, to be exigent in their rewards. Since the first moment I encountered the work of Isaac Bashevis Singer — in Spanish translations in the 1970s — I have been a confessed addict. He struck me as possessed of anRead More


‘Deborah’

The following is an excerpt from Kreitman’s novel, which will be rereleased September 1 from The Feminist Press. Next Deborah had to pay a long succession of calls on her dressmaker and tailor. They took her measure and gave her innumerable fittings. Mechanically Deborah did all they asked her to do; she no longer consulted her ownRead More


Imagination as a Group Effort

By Dara Horn

Among the recurring questions that I and other writers are often asked — along with, “How long did it take you to write the book?” and “Do you use a pencil or a pen?” — there is one that almost always comes up: “Is anyone else in your family a writer?”Those who ask this question are usually wondering about the writer’s parents orRead More


My Favorite Demon

By Esther Schor

Writers are famous for their demons, whether they battle alcoholism, depression or the savage pain of a rotten youth. Isaac Bashevis Singer was no exception, except that his demons were demons. Unlike many writers, he made no secret of them: “I am possessed by my demons,” he declared to Commentary. Later, he made a telling comment toRead More


Hunting for the Magic

By Judy Budnitz

Whenever I’d ask my relatives where my great-grandparents had lived before immigrating to the United States, their answers always seemed strangely, frustratingly unspecific: A little village near Minsk, or maybe Pinsk, they would say. In the part of Russia that is now called Belarus, they thought. It may have been near a river, they conjectured.Read More





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