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Less Interesting Jewish Books

Thank God we have better stuff to read

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Today’s big trending topic on Twitter is #lessinterestingbooks, the joke being that you take the titles of famous books and re-imagine them as, well, less interesting (so, I dunno, The Okay Gatsby, The Sound and the Calm, and Hamlet, Librarian of Denmark). The best, so far, has been actor Josh Malina’s suggestion, The New Testament (get it?). But what of the great books of the Jewish canon? What would make them less interesting?

• The Triteuch

Isaiah Thomas

A Guide for the Clear-Minded

Quiet Evenings of Augie March

Civilization and Its Benefits

The Diary of Anne Roiphe

• “Gimpel the Sage”

Tevye the Actuary

The Clothed and the Dead

And your special Philip Roth section:

Portnoy’s Compliment

Goodbye, Toledo

A Lesser American Novel

French Pastoral

I Married A Liberal

The Human Smudge

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Dan Klein says:

Marc, Please:

Tevye the Dairy Cow
The Pickle Barrel
The Yiddish Garment Workers Union
The Autobiography of Gertrude Stein


Everything is Illuminated.


The Internship of Duddy Kravitz
Shadows on the Gowanus

Dan Klein says:

Angles in America
Play It Once, Sam
Wag The Tail

Mike Stopped at Eboli
What Makes Sammy Speed-walk?

Dan Klein says:

The Directions
When You Come For Us, We’ll Be Around
Mere Democracy
The Tedium of Yiddish

I’m dancing around the Primo Levi titles here.

Marc Tracy says:

@fw I had a number of Levi ideas which I declined to publish because I like my job

Someone once defined a gentleman as a person who could refrain from making a joke if it was in poor taste, even if it was funny. I’ve tried not always successfully to honor that precept.

M. Burgh says:

Gimpel the Developmentally Challenged.

Benjamin Entine says:

One God Yah

My Brad
The Book of Intimate Punctuation

A Nosh at Noon.

Michael says:

The Sun Sometimes Rises (admittedly, not a Jewish novel, but with a really Jewish character)

Michael says:

Some die of heartbreak but most die of heart disease
To Jersey and Back

For the Relief of Bearable Urges

Chaim says:


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