Michael Chabon

Milt Gross' Cartoons Get Stage Treatment

06/01/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Before Matt Groening, before Art Spiegelman, before even Charles Schultz, there was Milt Gross. Gross was a pioneering early-20th-century American cartoonist, one whose comic strips, graphic novels, and animated films were all inflected with an immigrant Jewish accent and sensibility. Almost a century later, Gross’ parody of Jewish life in 1920s New York, “Nize Baby,” has been adapted to the stage by the Medicine Show Theatre, a company that is known for its experimental approach to classic works.

Solving Jewish History

06/29/2007
Special To The Jewish Week

In the epigraph to his Pulitzer-winning novel “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay,” Michael Chabon quotes Will Eisner, the innovator of the serious graphic novel, regarding the history of the Jews: “We have this history of impossible solutions for insoluble problems.” In that novel, about young men escaping the poverty of Brooklyn and the ruins of the Holocaust, the “insoluble problem” was the powerlessness of the diaspora experience, and the “impossible solution” a retreat into art, the precarious redemption of unexpected love, and

How Chess Explains The (Jewish) World

02/20/2008
Special To The Jewish Week

For a bright yeshiva student, hungry to understand the nature of the world, there is little to distract from the promise and genius of the Talmud — except, perhaps, for chess.

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