Roth’s death is the end of many things: Of towering white male novelists. Of America as my Jewish grandparents knew it.
“U.S. Immigration officials had changed the family name to Ginsberg, which it remained until Goodwin was a senior in high school.”
In the 1950s, the culture — in Hollywood and elsewhere — turned increasingly hostile toward women.
Although the events depicted in “BlacKkKlansman” took place four decades ago, Spike Lee’s finger is unerringly on the pulse of Donald Trump’s America
“When Germans see the film, they immediately start talking about Trump. They see Waldheim as an earlier master of ‘alternative facts’.”
If I am under threat for being a Jew, so is every American. But most importantly, if my Black sister is not free, neither am I.
What’s missing is any sense of family dynamic. Where is the poop? Where is the barf and the blood?
Arnold “The Brain” Rothstein was probably the most notorious, but he was only one in a long line of Jewish sports gamblers dating back to 1855.
“When a man extends his hand to me, I’ll say: ‘I’m Hasidic, and men and women don’t shake hands.’”
It’s a haunting exhibit, suffused with anxiety and denial.