Along the main drag of Squirrel Hill, the shops of Forbes Avenue display a variety of signs along the theme of “Stronger Than Hate.”
Gary Shteyngart outlines his five part survival plan for Trump’s America in an in-depth conversation with Forward executive editor Dan Friedman.
Ten years ago I interviewed Gary Shteyngart for a profile in Zeek. . At the time his hair was brown and mine covered my head. In the time since then he has continued to put out books at a steady rate of one every three or four years. His earlier novels (“Absurdistan” and “The Russian Debutante’s Handbook”) were about Americans’ crazy adventures in the disintegrating Soviet Empire. His most recent two novels have dealt with dystopian visions of America, especially related to the unhealthy distribution and importance of money and credit.
Actress Natalie Portman declined to visit Jerusalem to accept the Genesis Prize, monopolizing American Jewish debates about Israel for a month.
The newly empowered white nationalist movement has a favorite boogeyman — 88 year old Jewish billionaire and Holocaust survivor George Soros.
Jewish Studies professor Keren McGinity spoke out about her own sexual harassment: “There needs to be a Jewish response to the #MeToo movement.”
Becca Heller won the MacArthur “genius” grant for her work providing legal representation for refugees, immigrants and vulnerable people at borders.
Julia Salazar entered the public eye after her upset victory for New York state senate. Then controversy over her Jewish identity arose.
Katle Kanye, a Hasidic blogger disguised by a pseudonym, gives a frank account of life in his community and its scandalously poor education.
Arthur Ashkin won the Nobel Prize in Physics this year for his invention of optic tweezers, becoming the oldest person to collect the honor.