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Sex + God + Jews in a Tiny Beautiful Chapbook

By On March 27, 2017

“So that I might come to be trusted, I built myself into a city.” I Wanted Just to Be Soft, Temim Fruchter‘s tiny beautiful chapbook of short lyrical stories, is about someone… Read More


A New Novel about American Jewish Life During the Shoah

By On June 23, 2016

Kim Brooks’ debut novel The Houseguest (Counterpoint Press, 2016), offers a refreshing perspective on an often overlooked facet of Holocaust: that of the American Jew. The story begins with the arson of… Read More


An 11-Year Old Orthodox Superhero Named Mirka

By On April 7, 2016

Meet Mirka. Sure, she wears a uniform from her Bais Yaakov (that is, her Orthodox girls’ school) and long braids, but this 11-year-old Hasidic girl is also a superhero who fights trolls,… Read More

A Yiddish-Speaking Parrot and the Pirates Who Love Him

A Yiddish-Speaking Parrot and the Pirates Who Love Him

By On March 10, 2016

Breathe easy, novelty collectors: You can finally fill that hole in your Yiddish catalogue under “swashbuckling,” thanks to Gary Barwin’s delightfully odd new novel Yiddish for Pirates. Wondering what we mean by… Read More


Scary Old Sex: A 73-Year-Old Psychoanalyst’s Debut Story Collection

By On February 9, 2016

Struggling to balance a living with a passion, many writers wonder: what if life gets in the way? For Arlene Heyman, whose debut collection of short stories Scary Old Sex drops in… Read More

Writing the Strange Land of the Gay Jewish South

By On January 8, 2016

  One of the most classic setups in fiction is to place a stranger in a strange land. In Jason K. Friedman’s case—whose debut story collection, Fire Year, is out with Sarabande… Read More

Was John Steinbeck Jewish?

Was John Steinbeck Jewish?

By On September 16, 2015

Was John Steinbeck Jewish? On the one hand, it isn’t totally out of the question—his last name begins with Stein, after all. But back in 1940 when anti-Semitic rumors claimed that the… Read More

Lion Seeker

A Great Jewish Novel, Out of South Africa

By On December 27, 2013

Jews spend a lot of time thinking about “what if?” What if you fall and break your neck, God forbid? What if God had brought us out of Egypt but never given us the… Read More


J.D. Salinger’s Jewish Roots

By On October 1, 2013

Although J.D. Salinger’s most widely-known character is The Catcher in the Rye‘s Holden Caulfield, his most enduring characters may prove to be Seymour Glass, the protagonist of two of his other books, and… Read More


Jewish Crop Circles

By On May 24, 2012

The six-pointed star has appeared in Jewish iconography for a thousand years. But there’s a chance that the Magen David is meaningful to another, far different culture–an alien culture. When Google started mapping out aerial views of Earth,… Read More


A Holiday from the Black Plague

By On December 21, 2011

In The Decameron, a group of 10 young people–three women and seven men–leave the city of Florence, where the black plague is running rampant, to vacation at a country villa. The introduction to this… Read More


Rabbis in Space

By On September 7, 2010

Jack Dann is a brilliant science fiction writer. He’s also Jewish–though in much of his writing, that’s merely a fun background fact. But Dann’s classic short story “Jumping the Road,” originally published… Read More

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