I much appreciated this show, particularly the discussion of the difficulty of truly classifying Jewish-American fictiion as such, and the opening discussion about the literary explosion among Jewish-American authors. It's interesting to explore the connection between the reception of and coherence of Jewish-American fiction vs. African-American fiction... are there points in common as well as real differences? I also appreciated the discussion of the overlap between what would be classified - to the extent, again, that it can be - as Jewish-American fiction vs. fiction deriving thematic material from the immigrant experience, or fiction in general that explores the alienation of individuals from themselves and their communities. You gave us a lot to chew on and for that as is always the case with the podcast I'm thankful.
You also gave me a number of works to explore - my experience with Jewish-American fiction is essentially limited to the work of Chaim Potok and short stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer; I'm a lot more familiar with Kafka than any domestic Jewish authors (now there's a show idea... Kafka?)
I came into the broadcast assuming I might hear a little of your thoughts on Chaim Potok - both out of particular interest and enjoyment of his fiction, but also because an off-Broadway production of My Name is Asher Lev has been winning lots of accolades of late. Any comments on Potok's particular brand of Jewish-American writing? Certainly he's different because of his focus on Hasidic communities rather than the more assimilated Jewish communities that you spoke of on the show, but his works do explore some quite powerful themes.
Thanks as always for great work,