Jay Neugeboren is the author of twenty-two books of fiction and nonfiction, including Imagining Robert, 1940, and The American Sun and Wind Moving Picture Company. His new novel, Max Baer and the Star of David, will be published in February.
 (January 2016)

On Wiseman’s Heights

Thirty-seventh Avenue, Jackson Heights, Queens; from Frederick Wiseman’s documentary film In Jackson Heights
Toward the end of In Jackson Heights, Frederick Wiseman’s wonderfully dreamlike new film—a seeming celebration of a neighborhood in Queens that its city councilman calls “the most diverse community in the whole world”—we see two Cuban grandmothers singing, with great joy and abandon, “Yo Vendo Unos Ojos Negros.” I sell …

Dark Comedies of the City

Michael Greenberg, New York City, 2009
In Hurry Down Sunshine (2008), Michael Greenberg told the story of his daughter Sally’s breakdown—of how, in the summer of 1996, she “was struck mad.” His extraordinary tale of the journey he and his daughter make following Sally’s collapse tells us as much about the complexity and mystery of those …

Infiltrating the Enemy of the Mind

Twenty-seven years old and in her first semester at Yale Law School, Elyn Saks had days when, she writes, I feared that my brain was actually heating up and might explode. I visualized brain matter flying all over the room, spattering the walls. Whenever I sat at a desk and …