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  • Books: The end of many things, but not of the Jews

    By Amy Klein

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    "The End of the Jews: A Novel," by Adam Mansbach (Spiegel & Grau, $23.95).

    Adam Mansbach was at a "garish" family bar mitzvah with his grandfather some years back when somewhere between the bad '80s music and kitschy dance floor games, his grandfather turned to him and said...

  • Kushmet

    By Rob Eshman

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Last Monday night, I was sitting on stage at American Jewish University interviewing Tony Kushner, talking Life and Judaism and Big Ideas to a man who is arguably America's greatest living playwright, when, suddenly, the words of what is arguably the world's cheesiest bubble-gum song...
  • On the tricky question of ‘who is a Jew[ish writer]?’

    By David Wolpe

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    I do not know who qualifies as a Jewish writer.

    If you wish to count the non-Jewish John Updike because he created a Jewish protagonist (Henry Bech) or if you include genetically Jewish Muriel Spark (who converted to Catholicism and wouldn't know a box of tefillin or a bag of...

  • Books: Brits behaving badly

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "When We Were Bad" by Charlotte Mendelson (Houghton Mifflin, $24).

    As a wedding is about to begin in North London, all eyes are on the mother of the groom. Claudia Rubin is tall, beautiful, brainy and voluptuous, a celebrated rabbi who leads a large congregation. She's not...

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  • UJ’s Levy crafts confab to celebrate authors

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Considering that he's an educator, whose job description is heading up a university adult-ed program, you might not expect Gady Levy to be so ... well-connected. Yet here he is in his office at American Jewish University (formerly the University of Judaism), looking more the...
  • A ‘Victory Garden’ grows (in Brooklyn) from writer’s fertile mind

    By Robert David Jaffee

    October 25, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "The Victory Gardens of Brooklyn" by Merrill Joan Gerber (Syracuse Univ. Press, 406 pages, $24.95)
    In the living room of novelist Merrill Joan Gerber's home in Sierra Madre is a harpsichord that is most often played by her husband, a retired Pasadena City College history professor....
  • Is Don Draper Jewish?

    By Rob Eshman

    October 11, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When they say Jews control Hollywood, I always think to myself: Thank God.

    What if Hollywood were founded by the same people who brought you Detroit or, say, agribusiness? Would our movies and television shows be so much better?

    Understanding the people who shape America's culture...

  • Books: Farce, fascism and dash of Proust create a ‘Wonder’

    By Robert David Jaffee

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "The Eighth Wonder of the World" by Leslie Epstein (Handsel Books, $24.95).

    "I don't think it's possible to write a really interesting or good book without the Holocaust being in it. Even if you're not Jewish, you're a Jewish writer. If it doesn't enter your consciousness, you're...

  • Jewish Writing: A Renaissance Awaits

    By Dara Horn

    July 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    What is Jewish writing, and what is a Jewish writer? The question has so many answers that it has almost become tedious.

    Those who have ventured into the literary world know that if even a page of their work touches upon anything remotely Jewish, they will be sentenced to a lifetime...