On the Bookshelf

Transfigurations: iterations of the Holocaust for Christian teens, boxing enthusiasts, bibliophiles, history buffs, and neo-Sebaldians

Jews … They Win Awards!

The National Book Critics Circle and Jewish Book Council’s fêtes

Alternate Route

A new book charts the course of America’s Hebraists, literary iconoclasts who eschewed Yiddish and the Holy Land—and regarded their new home with deep ambivalence

Ghost Puppeteer

In Compulsion, now at New York’s Public Theater, Mandy Patinkin portrays a writer whose obsession with Anne Frank drives him to the brink of madness

Paper Mate

Janis Bellow reflects on her late husband’s letter-writing habits, his feelings about his legacy, and what it was like to read over his old love letters

Pen Pal

In his letters, Saul Bellow was thoughtful, eloquent, feisty—and quite possibly at his most Jewish

Your Jewish Fall Fiction Preview

Ten new novels to know

Sincerely Saul Bellow

A thrilling cache of the late writer’s letters

Sundown: The Freeze Thaws

Plus, making gelt, and bruchot for Beckham?

Idol Chatter

In his essays, Leonard Michaels worried about the line between art and the profane

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