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A Fictional Model of the Former USSR

Maxim D. Shrayer: Papa, let’s start with a basic question. What are the stories gathered in  Dinner with Stalin  about? David ...

Novels and the Art of the Mauritshuis

Last night, I had the great honor of reading from my new novel,  The Anatomy Lesson  (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday) inside ...

Asher Lev as a Model for Rembrandt

After reading the penultimate draft of my latest novel,  The Anatomy Lesson  (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday), a trusted reader and one ...

On Being Jewish in Amsterdam

Recently, a journalist who was interviewing me asked me to describe what it felt like to be a Jewish New ...

A Legacy of Fear

I was biking recently in the foothills of the San Jacinto mountains in southern California, and I found myself far ...

The Path of a Wandering Jew

I never intended to write novels. I also never intended to write for The New York Times. When I was 17, ...

Writing About The Holocaust

It was a day like any other. I was absorbed in the details of my life, answering an overflowing stack ...

Holocaust Education: The Missing Piece

In my many years of schooling across three continents, I’ve attended many Holocaust classes. Yet, during each lesson and every ...

6 Things I Learned Writing About Weddings For The New York Times

My first novel,  The Wedding Beat , was loosely based on my experience as a single Jewish guy writing the ...

A Jew in a Plexiglas Box

A Jew on display in a Plexiglas box, in Germany of all places, stands as a flagrant provocation. But there ...