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A Bellow twofer, Soviet Jews, and more

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

All Turned Around

The hero of I.B. Singer’s newly reissued The Magician of Lublin is torn between bohemia and bourgeois respectability, Jews and Gentiles

Imaginative Assault

An excerpt from a new history of Commentary shows how the fiction published in the magazine’s early years shook not just the world of Jewish literature but the very foundations of American letters

Sincerely Saul Bellow

A thrilling cache of the late writer’s letters

Heirs to the Throne

In a new book, Robert Alter examines the debt American literature owes to the King James Bible

Flight of Fancy

In The Escape, Adam Thirlwell grapples with Jewishness, carnality, and the essence of fiction

‘Greenberg’ Gets Raves

With Ben Stiller as the shlemiel

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

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