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A Jewish Myth Reimagined as a Vaudeville Dominatrix: Julie Weitz Interviewed by Jennifer Remenchik
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Self-discovery through a performative critique of fascism and bigotry.

Digging Beneath the Polite Veneer: Eileen Pollack Interviewed by Taylor Larsen
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The writer discusses growing up in the Borscht Belt, the prevalence of literary humor, and the power of feminist punch lines.

Three Poems by Rachel Alexandra Kass
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Lying on the couch all day glass of water a highly disgusting smoothie four coloring books, / a myriad of psychiatric and “anti-inflammatory” medication / anti-inflammatory Jewish history books / anti-inflammatory pretzel sticks / anti-inflammatory medicinal cannabis 

An Occupation: Joshua Cohen’s Moving Kings by Robin Giles
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Jewish identity and oppression, at home and abroad.

Tamar Ettun by Naomi Lev
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A live conversation about performance, adventure, and objects.

Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin by Sabine Mirlesse
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When I arrived in London this past September to meet Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin at their studio, the first thing we discussed was the power play between interviewer and interviewee.

Rama Burshtein’s Fill the Void by Liza Béar
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It’s a rare delight when a film makes a little-known, hermetic community that is bristling with traditions, customs, rules, and regulations come alive, transcending that subculture through its humanity.

Alina Szapocznikow by ​Joanna Malinowska
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My first reaction to her much deserved show at MoMA was: Where are the monkeys? 

Meyer Lansky Breaks his Silence by Zachary Lazar

Gila looked at the photographs and tried to connect them to the man she’d been secretly meeting this past year, but the pictures came from a different order of reality. 

Four Poems by Harvey Shapiro

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At the corner of Simonton and Amelia

Charles Reznikoff’s By the Waters of Manhattan by Betsy Sussler
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Charles Reznikoff (1894–1976) writes prose like a poet, indeed he is one, with his rock-hard choice of words styled into deceptively simple sentences.

Peter Manseau’s Songs for the Butcher’s Daughter by Katie Przybylski
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Let’s begin with an image Peter Manseau’s character Itsik Malpesh always returns to: a toddler clenching her fist in the air to stop a mob, mid-pogrom.

Margot Singer’s The Pale of Settlement and Peter LaSalle’s Tell Borges If You See Him by Betsy Sussler
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The Pale of Settlement was once the swath of land designated by Imperial Russia as the only legitimate home of their Jewish population, one they reluctantly inherited after partitioning the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. 

Margo Glantz by Álvaro Enrigue
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That dinner party was unforgettable: there was an abundance of very proper and elegant guests, seated in the living room with coffee and desserts, when suddenly the dogs burst in like a gale. 

David Albahari’s Götz and Meyer by Deborah Eisenberg

“Götz and Meyer. Having never seen them, I can only imagine them.” 

Pearl Abraham by Aryeh Lev Stollman
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In The Seventh Beggar, Pearl Abraham has created a novel about the nature of storytelling beginning with Genesis. She takes us into a world that ranges from golems to robotics, mystical systems to artificial intelligence.

Jerome Charyn by Frederic Tuten
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Both first-rate novelists, Frederic Tuten and Jerome Charyn grew up in the Bronx, meeting as teenagers at the home of Fay Levine, the Bronx’s own Elizabeth Taylor. The two reminisce after the release of Charyn’s novel The Green Lantern.

Aryeh Lev Stollman  by Betsy Sussler
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A neuroradiologist and writer whose father is an Orthodox rabbi, Aryeh Lev Stollman grew up in a home surrounded by both religious and secular books. 

The Middle of the Night by Daniel Stolar

My mother died in the middle of the night. In my mind’s eye, I see it like the lights turning off in an old factory, shutting down one circuit bank at a time, an electric hum the only thing remaining.

Three Poems by Gershom Scholem

This First Proof contains the poems “Jerusalem,” “The Sirens,” and “Greetings from Angelus (Paul Klee Angelus Novus).” Translated by Richard Sieburth.

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