Two new books, "The Implacable Urge to Defame" and "Diaspora Boy," explore the portrayal of Jews in caricatures as repulsive grotesques
Josh Lambert is academic director of the Yiddish Book Center, visiting assistant professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and author, most recently, of “Unclean Lips: Obscenity, Jews, and American Culture.”
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong's 'Seinfeldia' is a quirky, readable chronicle of the so-called 'show about nothing' created by Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David.
What happened to Roth after 'Portnoy’s Complaint' is now happening to Ben Lerner, at a time when reality TV and social media have thoroughly muddled our sense of what's real.
What if you could go into surgery and emerge with a new ethnic identity? 'Racial reassignment’ is the premise of a smart new thriller from writer Jess Row.
Just as her first novel,'The Ladies Auxiliary' looked at the Orthodox Memphis community, Tova Mirvis’ new book is an ode to a microcosm she left behind.
Brilliant actors like Larry David and Sarah Silverman are challenging America's powerful religious, family-friendly culture and asserting their Jewishness by glorifying obscenity.