Philip Roth

Why Women Should Do More Literary Manspreading

Stop self-editing and let yourself ramble like a manPhoto by IanM y last book, set in post-WWII Germany, was 353 pages when it was published.The …

Books

VS Naipaul, with his rage and flaws, will be remembered for unflinching honesty, mastery of language

If Philip Roth was the assiduous bard of Newark, then VS Naipaul was the cranky yet meticulous balladeer of the rootless world.<p>Both chronicled the …

Literature

The 1 Time Malcolm Gladwell is Wrong: Why There Are No Guilty Pleasures

Instead, you should just like what you like -- and not feel bad about it.<p>Malcolm Gladwell is almost always right. (Like when he refers to the single biggest problem every successful person faces.)<p>But he does get one thing wrong.<p>I was listening to an episode of Gladwell's reliably excellent podcast …

Money

Living, Dying and the Moral of Phillip Roth’s Life

<b>Living, Dying and the Moral of Phillip Roth’s Life</b><p>Lloyd I. Sederer, MD<p><i>“…he not busy being born is busy dying.”</i> – Bob Dylan<p>The great American …

Psychology

Glenn Close is a powerhouse in slow-burn marriage drama The Wife: EW review

We gave it a <b>B+</b><p>“Wife” feels like too small a word for what Joan Castleman (Glenn Close) is to her novelist husband, Joe (Jonathan Pryce). In his …

Great Books

Q&A | Lisa Scottoline: Author thrives on rapid pace of writing

Lisa Scottoline is one of those authors who produces three books a year — a work ethic that might reflect her years (before becoming a writer) as a …

Lisa Scottoline

On “Ethnic Fiction”

Mark McGurl’s <i>The Program Era</i> is a wonderful book, and I’ve mentioned it several times before on this blog, but it does contain the problematic label …

Race & Ethnicity

August 6 – 10, 2018

• “One has to be somewhat badly behaved to write above the fray in a society most comfortable with palatable mediocrity.” Ottessa Moshfegh recalls a …

Books

NYC Jewish-y Events, August 10 – August 20

<b>Editor’s Picks:</b><p><b>DAVID BROZA WITH TRIO HAVANA</b><p>Israeli singer-songwriter David Broza, Israeli-American flutist Itai Kriss and the NY-based Cuban Trio …

Jewish Culture

Top 10 novels about riots

Fiction is the ultimate rebellion, because it insists on rejecting reality, creating new worlds. Novelists are rebels, and readers are co-conspirators. And if fiction is an act of rebellion, novels <i>about</i> riots are the ultimate Molotov cocktail.<p>My debut novel Graffiti Palace reimagines the Odyssey …

Books

Lord of the Rings-loving Sheffield chemistry professor up for ‘alternate history’ literary prize

A Lord of the Rings-loving chemistry professor from Doncaster has been nominated for a global literary prize focused on ‘alternate history’ fiction. …

University of Sheffield

'Impossible Saints' Is an Empathetic Portrayal of a Starry-eyed Suffragette

Impossible Saints<p>Clarissa Harwood<p>Pegasus<p>Jan 2018<p>The quest for authenticity in a novel of historical fiction comes with more than a few caveats. The …

Books

Riot Roundup: The Best Books We Read In July 2018

We asked our contributors to share the best book they read last month. We’ve got fiction, nonfiction, YA, and much, much more—there are book …

Books

Losing My Son to Reading

Do you remember when you learned to read? Like most of us, I don’t. Still, many people can take comfort in knowing that this event, beyond memory, involved our parents. The parents who took us to school, who read books to us at home, who could speak to us in a shared language. But in my case, one …

Opinion

Ukip leader Nigel Farage set for Jewish Chronicle debate

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage is to take part in a discussion event hosted by the <i>JC</i>.<p>The MEP will be interviewed by the newspaper’s …

Great Books

The Way We Read Now

When the novelist Philip Roth died in May, the obituaries and tributes agreed that he was (to quote a few choice descriptions) “towering,” “pre-eminent” and a “giant of the American novel.” In the opinion of those who create the official narrative of American literature—the critics who write about …

Literature

9 Best Characters in Literature Inspired by Real People

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle<p><b>Sherlock Holmes</b><p>Sherlock Holmes is, without a doubt, the most famous literary detective ever conceived (apologies to Mrs. Poirot and Spade, as well as the inimitable Miss Marple). The inspiration for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s brilliant, mercurial, misanthropic detective is less …

Culture

How Indie Mainstay Alex Ross Perry Came to Write 'Christopher Robin'

The writer/director behind ‘Listen Up Philip’ and ‘Queen of Earth’ discusses his circuituous route to writing for all ages, and how the live-action …

Winnie-the-Pooh

Art Spiegelman gets a MacDowell Medal, and he feels a little funny about it

“I don’t need any more honors to be able to float through my life. I guess if I get another medal it’ll help make my chest bullet-proof,” says the …

Boston

Q&A with author Keith Gessen | Financial Times

<b>Keith Gessen was born in Moscow in 1975 and moved to the US in 1981. In 2004 he co-founded literary magazine N+1 and in 2008 published his first</b> …

Books

Sheriff: Radio host Art Bell died of prescription overdose

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Art Bell, a former syndicated AM radio host best known for nightly shows in the 1990s featuring paranormal themes and conspiracy theories, died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs, authorities in Nevada said Wednesday.<p>An autopsy found the 72-year-old Bell's death April …

Scott Hutchison

Notebooks

<i>Read an excerpt from Amitava Kumar’s</i> Immigrant, Montana <i>here</i>. What you see below are images from my notebooks, recently posted on my Instagram. …

Great Books

When a madman with super-human powers stalks Oklahoma

<b>ANALYSIS/OPINION:</b><p><b>THE OUTSIDER</b><p><b>By Stephen King</b><p><b>Scribner, $30, 561 pages</b><p>If you want complex characters drawn with the insight of a psychiatrist, you go …

Stephen King

I’m A British Jew. Jeremy Corbyn Is Not A Threat To Us.

Last week, the three Jewish newspapers in Britain made a point of publishing the same front page editorial to highlight the “existential threat to …

Israel

'All My Fathers Are Dead Now'

In junior high, I fell for Portnoy. As a neurotic middle-class teen who’d visited Israel (like his character), I over-identified with Philip Roth’s …

Jewish Culture

Geopolitics and Sex, Geography and Desire: On Amitava Kumar’s ‘Immigrant, Montana’

In his new novel <i>Immigrant, Montana</i>, <b>Amitava Kumar</b>’s narrator admits to considering at least three other titles for the book we are now fortunate to …

Literature

Nigerian author Teju Cole gives intimate reading at Jazzhole

On a gloomy Sunday evening, the brilliant Teju Cole was in Lagos. The rain had spread itself all over earlier on in the morning. The roads however, …

Vinyl Records

Checking in With New Plaza Cinema, a Heartfelt Effort to Keep Lincoln Plaza Cinema Alive

From 1981 until January of this year, husband-and-wife team Dan and Toby Talbot co-owned Lincoln Plaza Cinema, the beloved — if slightly dingy — …

New York City

Sex, Love and Architecture

“Genevieve,” a poem by Corey MillerWelcome to <i>Recommended Reading</i>’s new Monday <i>Commuter</i>, our home for flash, graphic, and experimental …

New York State

Opinion: U.S. And U.K. Remain United, Not Divided, By Their Common Language

<i>Geoff Nunberg (</i>@GeoffNunberg) <i>is a linguist who teaches at the School of Information at the University of California at Berkeley.</i><p>"Great Britain and …

Great Britain