Ruth Margalit is an Israeli writer living in New York. Her essays have appeared in The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine. (June 2018)

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Flirting with Time

Lisa Halliday


by Lisa Halliday
Early in Asymmetry, Lisa Halliday’s astounding first novel, Alice, a young assistant editor at a large publishing house, comes across a stray paper in the apartment of the much older writer she is sleeping with. On it are a few typed lines, including this: “An artist, I think, is nothing …

The Voice of Authority

Nicole Krauss, Tel Aviv, 2016

Forest Dark

by Nicole Krauss
In an essay published earlier this year in The New York Times, the novelist Nicole Krauss questioned the notion of the author as a figure of authority, “someone who invents or causes something.” It is a notion, she writes, that “returns me to a question that bothered me to no …

So When Are You Getting Married?

Menashe Lustig in Joshua Z. Weinstein’s film Menashe


a film directed by Joshua Z. Weinstein


a television series created by Laizy Shapiro and Havvah Deevon
How insular a community is may be measured by its share of members who wish to appear on camera. When a casting call went out to New York’s ultra-Orthodox community, which numbers in the hundreds of thousands, to appear in Menashe, a feature film set in the Borough Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, only sixty people showed up.