Talya Zax, The Jewish Daily Forward

Talya Zax

The Jewish Daily Forward

New York, NY, United States

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Recent articles by Talya:

The wonderful, horrible afterlife of Leni Riefenstahl

Riefenstahl crafted an autobiographical mythology that obscured her participation in the Third Reich and framed her as a persecuted genius. → Read More

The monumental effort of translating ‘Harry Potter’ into Yiddish

A Yiddish 'Harry Potter' translation has finally arrived, courtesy of translator Arun Viswanath. → Read More

Culture minister fired for giving a speech by Goebbels — literally

There’s subtly invoking Nazi ideology, and there’s giving a speech written by Joseph Goebbels over the strains of one of Hitler’s favorite operas. → Read More

Deborah Lipstadt, Etgar Keret and Ilya Kaminsky take home National Jewish Book Awards

Deborah Lipstadt, Bari Weiss, Etgar Keret and Ilya Kaminsky won 2019 National Jewish Book Awards. → Read More

‘Oh, my Gawd!’ Rachel Bloom and Fran Drescher are making a ‘The Nanny’ musical

Fran Fine, Mr. Sheffield, Yetta and the rest will soon make their Broadway debut. → Read More

Acclaimed British Novelist Howard Jacobson: ‘It’s An Anxious Time For Jews’

Howard Jacobson, Booker Prize-winning author of "The Finkler Question," discusses his new book "Live a Little," Zionism and Brexit. → Read More

Inside The Mind Of Arnold Schoenberg, The Genius Who Defined 20th Century Music

Composer Arnold Schoenberg escaped the Nazis, redefined classical music and inspired Thomas Mann, Theodor Adorno, Glenn Gould and Kandinsky. → Read More

The Odd, Jewish Story Of Hillary Clinton’s Surprise Performance Art In Venice

Hillary Clinton made a surreal visit to Kenneth Goldsmith's Venice Biennale exhibit, titled "Hillary: The Hillary Clinton Emails." → Read More

When Jews Embraced Tin Pan Alley

Jewish publishers and theater stars hired couplet-writers to compose Yiddish parodies of the most popular American songs. → Read More

Bari Weiss Has Answers, But She’s Not Asking The Right Questions

The big question about Bari Weiss’s “How to Fight Anti-Semitism” is: Who is it for? → Read More

Ken Cuccinelli Isn’t The First The Trump Official To Go After Emma Lazarus — Just The Latest

Lazarus’s poem has in recent years been a point of contention for officials from the Trump administration. → Read More

Paula Vogel’s ‘How I Learned To Drive’ Will Debut On Broadway With Some Familiar Faces

Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse will reprise the roles they originated in 1997. → Read More

‘Diary Of Anne Frank’ Billboard Vandalized In Australia

Following the vandalism, the community showed up to support the production. → Read More

By Telling Art Spiegelman To Ditch A Trump Reference, Marvel Betrayed Its Own History

For the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman, comics — for all their pulpy origins — are a political art form. Spiegelman, author of the serialized graphic novel “Maus,” is something of an elder statesman of the form. He’s also a scholar of its history. So when the Folio Society, a London publisher of glossy illustrated tomes, approached him to write the introduction for its… → Read More

The Secret Jewish History Of ‘Lord Of The Rings’

On the 65th anniversary of ‘The Fellowship of The Ring,’ remember Tolkien’s affinity for the Jews. → Read More

Deborah Levy, Salman Rushdie And Margaret Atwood Make 2019 Booker Longlist

Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie and Deborah Levy are among the familiar names nominated for the 2019 Booker Prize. → Read More

500 Refugees And Migrants Watched Yiddish ‘Fiddler On The Roof’ Together — ‘This Is My Story’

500 immigrants, refugees, and employees of aid organizations watched the Yiddish-language revival of 'Fiddler on the Roof,' on World Refugee Day. → Read More

Eating Cake With Maira Kalman

Maira Kalman, author of "The Principles of Uncertainty," discusses cake and heartbreak. → Read More

‘Leaving Eden’ Gives The Creation Story A Feminist Spin

Jenny Waxman and Ben Page's "Leaving Eden" premieres as part of the New York Musical Festival July 16 at the Pershing Square Signature Center. → Read More

Giving Voice To Jewish Characters In Children’s Literature — A Conversation with Lesléa Newman

Children's book author Lesléa Newman on her new book "Gittel's Journey" and the importance of having Jewish characters in children's stories. → Read More