This Week in Forward Arts and Culture

  • Ethan Pack talks to Amir Benayoun, an Israeli musician who embodies the country’s deepest fears.

  • Benjamin Ivry examines the French Lithuanian novelist, journalist and bon vivant, Joseph Kessel.

  • Allison Gaudet Yarrow takes a look at the Jewish Book Council’s two minute author tryouts.

  • Jeremiah Lockwood teams up with Alexander Benaim of The Harlem Shakes for the latest installment of The Nigun Project.

  • Michael Kaminer reviews “In a Dark Wood,” a magic realist novel by best-selling Dutch writer Marcel Möring.

  • Stanley Siegelman riffs on the finer points of Yiddish grammar.

  • Philologos argues that the New York Times should take another look at Jeffrey Goldberg’s (use of the word) tukhis.

  • Mark Cohen writes about “An American Type,” the new Henry Roth novel culled from a 1,900 page manuscript by New Yorker editor Willing Davidson.

  • Samuel D. Gruber investigates Sukkah City, an architecture competition coming to New York this fall.

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