“Her Sister’s Tattoo” is a fictional story that enables readers to understand the tragic case of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.
Shysters chase ambulances; critics chase influences. How to characterize this Chandler-Babel stew? Let\'s try the Hollywood idiom. \"The Yiddish Policeman\'s Union\" is Woody Allen meets Cornel Woolrich. No, better, deeper: S.J. Perelman meets Y.L. Peretz meets Harry Turtledove. Martin Amis meets Stanley Elkin who is chatting with Sholom Aleichem about Jorge Luis Borges.
\"The Final Solution: A Story of Detection\" by Michael Chabon (Fourth Estate/HarperCollins, $16.95). Depending on their authors\' predilections, so-called \"literary\" novels are often unsettling, disturbing, enlightening or tragicomic. They are not, in the main, much fun. Fun is left to hacks, those genre writers who churn out the chick-lit blockbusters, weepy romances, thrillers, sci-fi fantasies and blood-and-guts horrors that dominate the best-seller lists.
Eight-year-old Sruli Slodowitz from Pico-Robertson likes dressing up as his favorite hero; no, it is not Batman, Superman or even Harry Potter -- but Agent Emes, \"an ordinary kid with an extraordinary mission\" who is the 11-year-old protagonist in a new mystery adventure video series for Jewish children.
The big surprise of the holiday season, if you caught it, was Jerry Seinfeld\'s wedding.\nIt turns out the man whose television persona perfectly embodied men\'s fear of commitment was, in real life, simply waiting for the right Jewish woman. Once he found her, baddaboom, baddabing, you\'ve got a traditional Jewish wedding, chuppah, broken glass, the works. It\'s so traditional, the crabmeat canapes come out only after the rabbi leaves. They even saw to a kosher Jewish divorce for the once-married bride. Who knew television\'s darkest satirist was such a sentimental traditionalist offscreen?