From Brooklyn to Beverly Hills
Growing up Jake Fuchs thought of his father as a screenwriter. At 12, he discovered otherwise.
Daniel and Jake Fuchs, c. 1940
In the 1930s, Daniel Fuchs made a name for himself with a trio of novels about the slums of his native Brooklyn, which earned him raves from critics but little income. Seeking his fortuneor, at least, a comfortable life for his familyhe headed out to Hollywood to write screenplays, largely abandoning his literary aspirations.
Over the years, as he penned popular noir films like Crisscross, Fuchs grew to feel that the lives portrayed in his novels were inconsequential. His fans begged to differ. In the 1960s, Irving Howe sparked a Fuchs revival. And more recently, both John Updike and Jonathan Lethem have championed Fuchs’s prose, which has just been reissued in two volumes, The Golden West and The Brooklyn Novels.
Nextbook talks with Daniel Fuchs’s son, Jake Fuchs, also a writer and a retired professor of English, about his father’s life and career.
In Family Law, the Argentine director Daniel Burman returns to the relationship he knows best
Daily rate: $2
Monthly rate: $18
Yearly rate: $180
WAIT, WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY TO COMMENT?
Tablet is committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing on Jewish life, all free of charge. We take pride in our community of readers, and are thrilled that you choose to engage with us in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. But the Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion, allowing vocal—and, often, anonymous—minorities to drag it down with invective (and worse). Starting today, then, we are asking people who'd like to post comments on the site to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. All proceeds go to helping us bring you the ambitious journalism that brought you here in the first place.
I NEED TO BE HEARD! BUT I DONT WANT TO PAY.
Readers can still interact with us free of charge via Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels, or write to us at email@example.com. Each week, we’ll select the best letters and publish them in a new letters to the editor feature on the Scroll.
We hope this new largely symbolic measure will help us create a more pleasant and cultivated environment for all of our readers, and, as always, we thank you deeply for your support.