Daphne Merkin

Daphne Merkin is a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine and a contributing editor at Elle. She is the author of two books: Enchantment, a novel, and Dreaming of Hitler, a collection of essays.

Israeli Coming Out

Eytan Fox’s brilliant new film Yossi makes gay love into something much more powerful

How I Learned To Drink

Long before I discovered Bloody Marys and martinis, I loved Manischewitz Concord grape wine

Writing Footnote

Director Joseph Cedar on Orthodox Judaism, The Social Network, and the nightmare scenario behind his latest Academy Award-nominated film

What Makes a Film Jewish?

Critic Daphne Merkin’s all-time top ten

Tunnel Vision

Agnieszka Holland’s new Holocaust film, In Darkness, is a quietly moving take on a subject that should be inexhaustible—but isn’t

Screen Doors

Israel, a nascent cinematic empire, produces great films. But the 28th annual Jerusalem Film Festival, the industry’s most prominent showcase, is still plagued by informality and inattention

Love and Death

In An Exclusive Love, Johanna Adorján tries to make sense of how her Hungarian Jewish grandparents took their own lives—together—decades after having survived the Holocaust

Consolation Prize

Reviewers of David Grossman’s To the End of the Land have confused the author’s grief with his artistry—and have misread the book

Force of Nature

The artist Avigdor Arikha, who died in 2010, lived—and painted—with gusto

Private Drama

Alice Miller was an authority on childhood trauma, but she stayed mum about her own

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