“Howl!,” the Allen Ginsberg biopic starring James Franco, comes out this week. Jake Marmer takes a look at Ginsberg’s literary afterlife in print, film and comic form.
On Rosh Hashanah we eat fish heads — architect Frank Ghery made fish lamps instead. Gavriel Rosenfeld tells us why.
On Yom Kippur we wish each other a “good seal.” Philologos recalls the days when a seal was an indispensable personal accessory.
Forward arts and culture editor Dan Friedman talks to Mark Cohen, editor of “Missing a Beat: The Rants and Regrets of Seymour Krim,” (reviewed in the Forward here) about why Krim has been neglected as a Beat, a writer and a Jew.
In our fall books section, Netty C. Gross looks into the Orthodox publishing industry; Rachel Gordan fondly remembers Herman Wouk’s ”Marjorie Morningstar”; Benjamin Ivry remembers, not so fondly, Leon Uris; Julius Novick thinks about Sarah Bernhardt and Yale’s new Jewish book series; Peter Ephross reviews a biography of Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal; Ranen Omer-Sherman praises David Grossman’s latest novel, and Donald Kimelman proclaims Forward staff writer Gal Beckerman’s history of the Soviet Jewry movement a “masterful and highly readable history.”
And this week on the Forverts video channel, Dr. Max Kohn hosts a discussion about the documentary film “The Jews of Ukraine”: