PBS blows a kiss to Roth at 80

by Michael Fox Barely a minute into Philip Roth: Unmasked, an “American Masters” salute occasioned by the novelist’s 80th birthday, he makes a familiar, albeit annoying, assertion. “I’m not crazy about seeing myself described as an American Jewish writer,” Roth says. “I don’t write in Jewish. I write in American.” Roth proceeds to define himself… Read More

Ben Feldman hams up the Jew factor on ‘Mad Men’

by Chavie Lieber JTA News and Features NEW YORK — Advertising, it’s fair to say, is in Ben Feldman’s blood. Yes, he technically plays a fictional advertiser, the Jewish copywriter in AMC’s award-winning drama Mad Men. But Feldman says it was his excellent marketing skills that landed him the role. “The casting loved that I… Read More