Saul Bellow Was a Cranky Essayist

A new collection of the writer’s aggrieved nonfiction sends readers running back to his masterful fiction

Mark Greif’s Brilliant Contribution to the History of Ideas

‘The Age of the Crisis of Man’ traces the fall and rise of individualist pragmatism in America

A Trip to the Library

‘This is a report on a library trip to Israel from a bookish girl who is now a bookish old lady’

The Time of His Time: Letters From Norman Mailer

The turbulent private—and public—affairs of a titanic figure in American Jewish intellectual life

The 13 Worst Jewish Fathers in Literature, From Abraham to Mr. Portnoy

They lie. They cheat. The treat their kids terribly. This Father’s Day, be thankful your own dad is such a mensch.

Joshua Ferris Takes on All Kinds of Decay in His Ambitious New Novel

‘To Rise Again at a Decent Hour’ wrestles with faith, community, baseball, and what it means to refuse to fill your cavities

Ben Sidran, the Original Jewish Hipster

Talking to the musician about jazz, Lenny Bruce, and being an outsider

Dangling Men

Saul Bellow was a complicated father to his three sons. In a new book, the eldest tries to parse his inheritance.

Don’t Ask, Don’t Ask

Artists, particularly in theater, are still plagued by the slur “Gay Commie Jew.” But how did it come about?

On “Jewish” Writing

Starting a conversation about Jewish fiction

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