Author: Abigail Nussbaum

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I have a review of Simon Jimenez’s debut novel, The Vanished Birds, up at Strange Horizons. This is easily one of my favorite books of the year, a chewy far-future space adventure whose focus is capitalist systems and the sacrifices that are required to make them run—of lives, of families, of futures, and of happiness. […]
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Fourth of July with my family was spent eating leftover apple pie and watching the long-rumored, long-embargoed recording of a June 2016 performance of Hamilton by the original cast. I saw the show in its London production in 2018, and long before that I had listened to its soundtrack album so many times that I […]

Mrs. America

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On June 5, 2020

I originally had no intention of watching FX’s miniseries Mrs. America, a biopic of Phyllis Schlafly and her successful crusade against the ERA. Not only because the subject matter seemed incred

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The Plot Against America

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On April 22, 2020
HBO’s six-part adaptation of Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America concluded its run earlier this week. I haven’t read the original novel, for various reasons but mainly because its premise—an alternate history in which Nazi-sympathizer Charles Lindbergh is elected president in 1940, keeps the US out of WWII, and unleashes a wave of anti-Jewish legislative […]

Little America

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On February 24, 2020

Little America is an Apple TV+ anthology series released last month. Based on the column of the same name in Epic Magazine, it dramatizes the true stories of immigrants in the United States in eight h

The Outsider

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On January 28, 2020

The Outsider is a new HBO limited series, based on the 2018 novel of the same name by Stephen King. Four episodes out of ten have aired. The story centers on small town police detective Ralph Anderson

Jojo Rabbit

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On January 14, 2020

[This review was originally posted on my blog.] I’ve grown up with the Holocaust, and with fiction about the Holocaust. The tone and tenor of these stories has changed with my age, and with the

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