It’s as if critics of silent films were barred from discussing talkies, or devotees of black and white were banned from discussing color.
There’s something Shakespearian about the grasp of Philip Roth’s fiction.
Some of our critics talk about the books that meant the most to them over the past year.
Our demanding critics supply lists of books that piqued their interest this of the year.
There’s room to wonder if Vladmir Jabotinsky would have accepted Menachem Begin, Ariel Sharon and Benjamin Netanyahu as his legitimate Zionist heirs.
What about today? Has Russia finally hit bottom and recovered? Is the political economy of vodka a thing of the past?
Simon Schama just can’t stop going on about religion and the extra-special Jewish feel for beauty that has, to his mind, kept Judaism vibrant and intact through the ages.
Fuse Writer Harvey Blume supplies some quotations for the new year.
It’s hard to grasp how Jonathan Lethem assimilated all this material — historical and fantastic — and gave it new narrative life in Dissident Gardens, except by granting, to start with, his special genius for absorption.
Writer Elmore Leonard, passed away on Tuesday, 8/20/13, 87 years old. Age no doubt chipped away at him physically but not so far as I could tell at his style and his prose.