In the Picture

Bruce Jay Friedman’s darkly comic novels, short stories, and screenplays place him among the past century’s best American writers. In his new memoir, Lucky Bruce, he reminisces about many of them.

Grossman Makes Obama’s Summer Reading List

A few more suggestions

Partisan

The Spanish writer Jorge Semprún, who died in June, survived Buchenwald and had a love-hate relationship with Communism in postwar Europe. A longtime friend remembers his star power and derring-do.

Ecstatic

The author was a fan of essayist Seymour Krim’s lively prose, but it wasn’t until a joint visit to a Taos commune that he saw the man himself come fully alive

On the Bookshelf

Montefiore, Madoff, Mailer, and Maimonides

Today on Tablet

In the Glass family apartment, Jewish pork, Davos Shabbos, and more

Portnoy’s Complaint, Zooey’s Remedy

Salinger may have predated Roth, but he was also a step ahead

On the Bookshelf

New books on bodies visible and invisible

The Irritable Man

Why Harlan Ellison’s personality overshadows his classic science fiction

Master of the Orgasm

A fresh look at the laughingstock of psychoanalysis

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