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short stories


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

How to Prepare Your Mother's Body For Burial

How to Prepare Your Mother’s Body for Burial

By On July 27, 2015

It’s said that the members of a hevra kaddisha, or a Jewish burial society, perform the “ultimate kindness” — that is, helping another person who’ll never be able to repay the favor.… Read More

A Newly Discovered Story by a Great, Dead Yiddish Writer

A Newly Discovered Story by a Great, Dead Yiddish Writer

By On January 23, 2015

  Fans of Yiddish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer have reason to rejoice: this week, The New Yorker published—for the first time in English—“Inventions,” a looping and wonderful new/old short story of the late… Read More

Stealing Cherries

Dating in Brooklyn While Russian

By On December 20, 2013

Today, Marina Rubin is a mainstay of the lower Manhattan poetry scene. But in 1989—when most of the stories in her new collection, Stealing Cherries, take place—she was a refusenik, a new immigrant from the Ukraine,… Read More


Etgar Keret’s “Shiva Tour”

By On November 25, 2013

When Etgar Keret was in the IDF, he gave his first short story to his brother to read while they walked the dog. “It’s beautiful, really moving,” his brother responded. “Do you… Read More


Shirley Jackson’s ‘The Lottery’— and the Jews

By On October 21, 2013

“The Lottery” might be the most famous American short story. Written by Shirley Jackson and published in the New Yorker in 1948, it tells of an unnamed American town where, once a year, residents draw… Read More


Suddenly, a Knock on the Door

By On April 9, 2013

An armed man forces his way into the house of a man named Etgar Keret. He orders Keret, “Tell me a story.” But before Keret can rattle something off, there’s a knock at… Read More


The Stephen King Story About Herman Wouk

By On February 21, 2012

Herman Wouk is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Caine Mutiny, War and Remembrance (a thousand-page epic about World War II), and several other books. He’s also 96 years old, and is still writing. His most recent book, The… Read More


Great Jewish Bloggers of the 1920s

By On February 9, 2012

Anzia Yezierska, the Jewish immigrant writer from Poland, is most famous for Bread Givers (1925), her tenement story of hard life on the Lower East Side. But she also harbored a lesser-known rich, snarky, and dark… Read More


Breadcrumbs of the Past

By On February 6, 2012

Until recently, Bram Presser was known as the lead singer of YidCore, a Jewish punk band that played loud, fast versions of songs such as “If I Was a Rich Man” and “Wind Beneath… Read More


Literary Gymnastics

By On November 22, 2011

Etgar Keret is one of the most versatile writers in Israel today. His short stories–which include such memorable characters as an accident-prone insurance salesman, a manic-depressive clown, and a suicide bomber who’s having second thoughts–are often… Read More


The Things We Left Unsaid

By On November 11, 2011

Moshe Zvi Marvit is an absorbing writer, the kind of author whose descriptions linger in your brain long after you stop reading. His attention to detail is like something between Sherlock Holmes and… Read More