Culture Minister Miri Regev at the Ophir Awards ceremony in Ashdod, September 22, 2016. Ilan Assayag

Miri Regev: A Paradox Wrapped in an Israeli Flag

Our mission was to find out if the lightning-rod culture minister is playing a role, or if the role is really her. By the end, it was possible to declare ‘mission accomplished.’

Anton Chekhov, considered a master of the short story, had no small amount of criticism for his contemporary writers. Fyodor Dostoevsky, he once wrote, was “prolix and pretentious.” Chekhov believed “brevity...

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