The Good of A Bad Man

How Stanley Elkin hit his stride

Writing in the Dark

Why an Orthodox novelist shuns Orthodox publishers

What Happened to Mary Berg?

A young girl’s account of the Warsaw Ghetto was a big success. Then the diary—and its author—disappeared.

Forbidden Fruit

Judith Katzir on the lives of Israeli women, both real and imagined

The Ha-Ha

What’s in a joke? Jim Holt finds out.

The Student Who Wouldn’t Go Away

How a bumbling immigrant from Kiev became a literary sensation

Summer Reading 2008

What we’re reading—and rereading—this season

A Passage to Gujarat

Esther David’s novels chronicle a community of Jews in a province riddled with ethnic violence

Disengaged

A murky homeland is hard to stand by

Introduction to Marc Chagall

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