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Isaac Bashevis Singer

Yentl, the Yeshiva Boy: A Modern Transgender Hero

Dana Beyer | Posted 12.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

As a young trans girl growing up as a yeshiva boy in Queens, New York, I found that this play resonated deeply within me. The eponymous Yentl, who goes by the name Anshel as a yeshiva boy, challenges the gender norms of that extinct European world of the Jewish Pale and its predominantly Orthodox Jewish communities.

Does Everybody Have a Book in Them?

Dianne Collins | Posted 10.15.2014 | Books
Dianne Collins

So if you, too, are thinking of writing a book, ask yourself: Who will want to read it? What is my art form? How can I better hone the craft of writing? What will be the value of it to our culture?

Interview With Critically Acclaimed Author, Alan Kaufman

Lisa Chau | Posted 03.25.2014 | Books
Lisa Chau

Alan Kaufman, the Bronx-born son of a French-Jewish Holocaust survivor, is author of the critically acclaimed memoirs Jew Boy and Drunken Angel. Kaufman's writings are subversive articulations of extreme outsiderness.

Recognizing Ourselves in Literature

Dave Astor | Posted 08.25.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Readers can love a novel or short story for many reasons -- including expert prose, a compelling plot, and well-drawn characters. There's also the appeal of what might be called the "recognition apparition."

Theater: "Shlemiel The First" Klezmer Musical Sings But What's With The Restraint?

Michael Giltz | Posted 02.15.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

SCHLEMIEL THE FIRST ** 1/2 out of **** NYU'S JACK H. SKIRBALL CENTER Writer Isaac Bashevis Singer helped popularize folk tales about the foolish men ...

Exclusive Interview With Award-Winning Fiction Writer Richard Burgin

Anis Shivani | Posted 01.29.2012 | Books
Anis Shivani

Richard Burgin has long been a mainstay in American literary circles, as five-time winner of the Pushcart Prize, editor for more than a quarter century of the award-winning journal Boulevard, and author of numerous critically acclaimed short story collections.

Q&A With Nicole Krauss, Author of Great House and The History of Love

Elana Estrin | Posted 11.15.2011 | Books
Elana Estrin

While studying art history in graduate school, novelist Nicole Krauss spent hours in the library researching Rembrandt, only to find that she preferred imagining the details of his life instead.

A Jewish King And Queen Of England? It's Possible

Bernard Starr | Posted 08.17.2011 | Religion
Bernard Starr

What's the chance of running into two Jews at Buckingham Palace and discovering that they are the King and Queen of England? Some curious emerging facts suggest that it could happen.

Stage Door: Behanding in Spokane, Sin, Lady Rizo

Fern Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Fern Siegel

Martin McDonagh is famous for dark, bloody humor. The curtain opens in Lieutenant of Inishmore with a dead cat dripping blood and ends with bullet-rid...