Posts by Michael

Zionavar

On the Jewish themes, characters, and subtexts of Guy Gavriel Kay. Read the essay at the Jewish Review of Books. …

The 2,000-Year-Old Women

Two of the most highly praised novels of 2018, Dara Horn’s Eternal Life and Sarah Perry’s Melmoth, feature a Jewish woman born in …

Best Books of 2018

My picks–a novel, a poem, and a history of American sci-fi–in good company. Read the full list chosen by Mosaic …

Of Were-Owls and Wandering Jews

My fantasy reading this month included Jewish shape-shifters and “Pharisees,” Michael Moorcock and Rudyard Kipling, and a new Israeli novel …

Israelis in America

New books by Maya Arad and Galit Dahan Carlibach portray Israelis making their way as best they can in America …

My Funny Levantines

Two new novels offer angles of vision into Jewish experience in the (pre- or non-Israeli) parts of the modern Middle …

Literary Currency

Simplicity, in poetry, is complicated. How do we translate the poet Rahel for English language readers? Read the full essay …

Famous Amos

Judas, the latest novel by Amos Oz, is ostensibly an allegory about both the state of Israel and the betrayal …