A Perfect Title: The Jump-Off Place into Wonder

When searching for the perfect title for her work, Barbara Kingsolver explains this defining process, or possible dilemma, in the back of her latest novel The Lacuna: “A good title holds magic, some cognitive dissonance, a little grit between the teeth, but above all, it is the jump-off place into wonder.” Authors, like Kingsolver, map […]

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Be Like Us, and You Will Become One of Us: The Jew Store and the Double Bind

Sander L. Gilman’s Jewish Self-Hatred: Anti-Semitism and the Hidden Language of the Jews offers an in-depth, theoretical view on Jewish assimilation into American culture, shedding perspective on particular areas where Jews struggled to maintain an old identity, while simultaneously trying to establish a new one in a culture where Jews were seen as insignificant, or […]

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