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

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IN THE REVIEW

A Mug’s Game

Lionel Shriver, Paris, March 2017

Property: Stories Between Two Novellas

by Lionel Shriver
In Lionel Shriver’s world, there are “Mugs” and there are “Mooches.” Mooches live off the generosity of Mugs, who work, pay taxes, build up insurance deductibles, and generally follow the rules. In our warped society, Shriver’s books argue time and again, Mugs are suckers and Mooches are winners. It’s a …

Flirting with Time

Lisa Halliday

Asymmetry

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

Menashe

a film directed by Joshua Z. Weinstein

Srugim

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.