Arts and Culture

Half-Remembered Stories: Three Pieces

July 21, 2010

A Zombie Day of Atonement. A great-grandmother’s infidelities. An escape from Czech nationalists. The next generation of Jews is rediscovering its past on the way to creating a new future.

The Trouble With Toys: Walter Benjamin, Pixar and the Search For Redemption (Part I)

July 20, 2010

In the first installment of this essay, the great cultural critic’s search for meaning in consumer society helps to frame the deeper significance of Pixar’s computer-animated films, particularly their Toy Story trilogy.

This Exhibit Contains Graphic Content: Lauren Greenfield at the Getty

July 13, 2010

Jews and nose jobs: Lauren Greenfield makes it new.

Maira Kalman

July 7, 2010

Maira Kalman is an artist you should know. Learn more here.

Encyclopedic Idiosyncracies: A Review of the Encyclopedia of Jewish American Popular Culture

July 6, 2010

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach (yes); Annie Sprinke (no); Chess (yes); Poker (no); Beastie Boys (yes); klezmer (no). When we have wikipedia, encylcopedias becomes history, giving us one perspective on our times.

Segregation Redux

July 1, 2010


Appeals to the Outcast: The Bowls Project

June 29, 2010

Jewlia Eisenberg and Charming Hostess excavate our polytheistic heritage, showing how women found “back channels” for communication that would otherwise have been impossible.

Fiction: All Because of Baudelaire

June 21, 2010

You don’t know Short-Lou? Never heard of “Two Wheels” Short-Lou? Never saw him down at Hatikva joyriding stolen cars? Man, you surprise me. You really do.

Review: Seth Tobocman's Understanding the Crash

June 17, 2010

How do you make the mortgage crisis and resulting Crash a great read? Get Seth Tobocman to set history to comix.

Get Him to the Theater on Time

June 16, 2010

The latest film from Judd Apatow’s camp awkwardly tackles the subject of same-sex romance, while raising interesting questions about its “brother” films’ treatment of ethnicity.

Poetry Review: Fair Creatures of an Hour

June 11, 2010

New poems by Lynn Levin concern themselves with the business of living


June 9, 2010

Writing is easy; find a title is hard.


June 2, 2010

The paintings of Marlene Burns give body and soul to abstraction, compelling us with their use of color.

Twelve Bites of the Apple: Beth Grossman’s "All the Rest is Commentary"

May 28, 2010

“What is hateful to you, do not do to others.” Goldbard and Grossman offer twelve variations on this rule, in prose and art.

All the way to Flatbush

May 25, 2010

In this new installment of Alma’s story, Vic and Alma go to the pool.

When Realism Was King: Posters of the Labor Movement

May 24, 2010

The posters of the American Labor movement were shaped by the Depression but owed much to shifts in the reproduction of art, especially political art.

Shir Yaakov sings Lecha Dodi

May 21, 2010

A new album from Shir Yaakov (of Darshan) gives us a new take on liturgy.

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

May 18, 2010

Alma is not the first nice Jewish girl to wish Bill Cosby lived next door. If only her family could be more like his.

Daughter of Iraq: An Excerpt

May 12, 2010

Middle Eastern Jews have their own aliyah stories, too. Israeli novelist Revital Shiri-Horowitz paints a portrait of an Iraqi woman planning her departure.

The Promised Land

May 11, 2010

Alma prepares to be redeemed at AA meetings. Not by sobriety, but by Brooklyn, where being Jewish is no big deal, and difference means equality.

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