Simon Schama Discusses His New Documentary

The Story of the Jews, a five-part TV series, premieres this week on PBS

Five Books to Read on Adam Kirsch’s Birthday

How better to celebrate Tablet’s literary critic?

Close Encounters With Talmud

Seven months into a seven-and-a-half-year study cycle, book critic Adam Kirsch is hookedand flummoxed

Liel Leibovitz vs. Adam Kirsch on Philip Roth

The two Tableteers debate the author’s legacy ahead of his 80th birthday

Another Look at Herman Wouk’s Latest

The sweet surprises of The Lawgiver‘s archaism

Post-Script: Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal through the pages of Tablet

Happy 100th, M.H. Abrams

Cornell to host a massive birthday for its celebrity mainstay

Philip Levine, Fierce About Poetry

The U.S. poet laureate on growing up Jewish in Detroit, playing tennis in verse, and hanging on to his memories, which are the source of his art

No Exit

Life and Fate, Vasily Grossman’s indispensable account of the horrors of Stalinism and the Holocaust, puts Jewishness at the heart of the 20th century

Jerusalem Stone

Robert Stone’s 1998 novel Damascus Gate sets spies, cultists, and terrorists loose in the Holy Land

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