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A Holocaust Romance Tied to a Necklace, Filled With Clichés

By Raphael Magarik

In Ayelet Waldman’s latest novel, a necklace travels to pre-WWI Budapest, finding love, death and the Holocaust on the way. But it’s a romance of cliches, Raphael Magarik writes.Read More

An Empty Bob Dylan Biography

By Joshua Furst

What does Dennis McDougal’s new biography of Bob Dylan add to the legend of The Bard? For Joshua Furst, not much.Read More

Eli Wallach's 10 Greatest Roles (A Completely Biased List)

By Adam Langer

Eli Wallach was best known for playing villains like Calvera in ‘The Magnificent Seven.’ But his legendary career demonstrated truly impressive range.Read More

A Remembrance of Eli Wallach

By Adam Langer

Eli Wallach was best known for all the big screen roles he played. But Adam Langer, who edited Wallach’s autobiography, remembers the man for the human being he was.Read More

The Pleasures and Contradictions of Being Nat Hentoff

By Erik Tarloff

A new documentary on Nat Hentoff shows how the 89-year-old Village Voice critic and free speech activist was always a little ahead of the curve. Except when he was behind it.Read More

'Bearded Lady' and 'Gender Terrorist' Take Performance Art Beyond the Fringes

By Simi Horwitz

What does doing a strip tease as a rabbi or working under the stage name ‘bearded lady’ have to do with Judaism? For two ‘extreme performance artists,’ faith is everything.Read More

How We Know the Bible Was Written by Human Hands

By Jay Michaelson

Three recent books promise to shock those who believe that the Bible is a record of words spoken by God: They provide evidence that the holy book is a product of many people.Read More

What's the Difference Between Mass Killing and Genocide?

By Philologos

When everything is a genocide, nothing is, writes Philologos. He argues that the word should be reserved for real holocausts — or not used at all.Read More

Kafkaesque 'Wild Tales' Is Jewish Film from Argentina Inspired by Steven Spielberg

By A.J. Goldmann

‘Wild Tales,’ the latest film by Argentinean Damian Szifron includes of surreal, violent vignettes about losing control. Our critic loves the one in which a Jewish wedding gets ruined.Read More

Remembering Julian Koenig, the Jewish Ad Man Who Created Beetle-Mania

By Benjamin Ivry

Julien Koenig, who has died at 93, created the ad campaign for the VW Beetle and invented Earth Day. Benjamin Ivry recounts the Jewish history of a real-life Mad Man.Read More

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