Saul Bellow, Cancel Culture, and the Dangers of Setting Limits on Imaginative Freedom

July 23 2021

To the delicate sensibilities of the early 21st-century, the treatment of race relations in Saul Bellow’s 1970 novel Mr. Sammler’s Planet is, to put it politely, “highly problematic.” One could say the same of Bellow’s literary treatment of women. And that’s not to mention the works of his younger contemporary, Philip Roth, a biography of whom itself caused a scandal in the literary world. Howard Jacobson reminisces about his first encounters with Bellow’s fiction (“Mr. Sammler’s Planet, it has to be said, was not an encouraging novel for a first-time visitor to New York”), and the fate of Bellow’s work in our censorious present:

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More about: American Jewish literature, Cancel culture, Philip Roth, Saul Bellow, Sexism

 

Against Iran, Israel Remains the Last Line of Defense

June 29 2022

With the Islamic Republic drawing ever closer to producing nuclear weapons, and the United States increasingly disengaged from the Middle East, only the Jewish state has the will, ability, and courage to stop the ayatollahs. So argues Reuel Marc Gerecht:

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More about: Abraham Accords, Iran, Israeli Security, Middle East