Portnoy’s Complaint no longer resonates. It has become a snapshot of a culture that emancipated its scions from itself.
I don’t study ethics much because there is already such a high bar in reaching a minimal level of human decency, so slicing and dicing moral principles feels like buying a fuzzy sweater for a […]
I have a new review up at the Quarterly Conversation about Mihail Sebastian’s first novel to be translated into English, The Accident. Sebastian’s remarkable Journal 1935-1944 was published in English ten years ago. His novel, which […]
An abridged tale from Yaffa Eliach’s Hasidic Tales of the Holocaust: As Ostrovakas and his people were aiming their guns, Zvi fell into the grave a split second before the volley of fire hit him. He […]
I was unaware of the somewhat dismaying recent trend of Crusades scholarship that emphasizes the “Holy” part of the “Holy War” equation. Unlike Steven Runciman and other earlier historians, some of these scholars are rather […]