Survivor’s Guilt
In his Novi Sad trilogy of post-Holocaust fictions, the Serbian novelist Aleksandar Tišma examines the psychologically warping effects of antisemitism.
Jess Bergman December 14, 2021
The Making of Satmar Williamsburg
In a new history of the Hasidic “fortress in Brooklyn,” a community’s struggle for the right to the city is not always waged in the common interest.
Samuel Stein November 23, 2021
Bad Education
In The Loneliest Americans, Jay Caspian Kang suggests that for Asian Americans, the process of political consciousness raising has gone terribly wrong.
Zoe Hu November 17, 2021
Trick of the Light
In a film adaptation of Nella Larsen’s Passing, racial passing is about seeing as much as being seen.
Adrienne Brown November 15, 2021
That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore
In The Netanyahus, Joshua Cohen tries and fails to reanimate the canonical Jewish American novel.
Nathan Goldman September 29, 2021
What the Record Doesn’t Show
By offering the group as a model for present-day politics, Sarah Schulman’s history of ACT UP reproduces the movement’s failures and exclusions.
Vicky Osterweil September 22, 2021
Portraits of Empire
George W. Bush’s recent book of paintings betrays liberal empire’s role not as fascism’s alternative but as its co-conspirator.
Claire Schwartz September 10, 2021
The Guilty Conscience of Jewish Empire
In The Wondering Jew, the influential Israeli philosopher Micah Goodman—who has argued for “shrinking” the occupation—contends that liberal Judaism requires maximalist Zionism.
Daniel May June 28, 2021
Eternal Return
In Natalia Ginzburg’s fiction—including three recently reissued works—painful things cannot be put off forever.
Jess Bergman June 18, 2021
Who Owns American Judaism?
Lila Corwin Berman’s new book traces the explosion of the American Jewish philanthropic sector over the past 70 years—and its corrosive effect on contemporary Jewish life.
Raphael Magarik June 1, 2021
The End of the World as We Know It
Three recent books reveal the potential—and the limits—of apocalyptic thinking.
Dan Sinykin May 26, 2021
Lost and Unfounded
Will Kafka’s work survive the distorted representations made in his name?
Judith Butler May 3, 2021
A City Without a Country
Mayor, a documentary about Ramallah mayor Musa Hadid, is a devastating satire of local governance under occupation.
Alex Yablon January 28, 2021
Suburban Legends
Jason Diamond’s The Sprawl is a useful reminder that there is no single story to tell about the American suburbs.
Nora Caplan-Bricker December 14, 2020
A Little Bit Nazi
Yishai Sarid’s new novel, The Memory Monster, is a bleak, brilliant reckoning with Israeli Holocaust memorialization.
Mitchell Abidor December 3, 2020
Shelter in Place
Malicroix—a 1948 French novel about a man who has isolated himself in a house to fulfill the strange terms of his inheritance—resonates uncannily with our contemporary experience of quarantine.
Bridget Bergin November 16, 2020
A Compendium of Severance
Susan Taubes’s Divorcing traces the separation of a wife from her husband, a family from their homeland, and a people from their God.
Jess Bergman October 27, 2020
Blueprint for Feminism
Feminist City helps us dream up alternative futures, even if it doesn’t do the dreaming itself.
Kristen Ghodsee October 14, 2020
Shaping the Neo-Hasidic Canon
A New Hasidism, a recent two-volume anthology, offers a compelling alternative to mainstream Jewish spirituality, but fails to fully confront the tradition’s consequences in the world.
Daniel Kraft September 17, 2020
Revolution in the First Person Plural
In Social Poetics, Mark Nowak reclaims the poetry workshop as a space to imagine social transformation.
Philip Metres July 29, 2020
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Unorthodox Bodies
Through its unusually nuanced look at vaginal pain, the acclaimed Netflix series is a show about a Hasidic woman radicalized by disability.
Mari Cohen and Hannah Srajer July 14, 2020
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The More Things Change
Curtis Sittenfeld’s Rodham imagines the world exactly as it always was.
Andrea Long Chu July 8, 2020
It Happened Here
The recent TV adaptation of The Plot Against America rejects Philip Roth’s vision of American exceptionalism.
Alisa Solomon July 1, 2020
No Time for Nostalgia
When We Were Arabs does little to expand the political possibilities for a younger, American Mizrahi milieu.
Emily Suzanne Lever June 29, 2020
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