About Hal Niedzviecki

Hal Niedzviecki is the author of The Program, Ditch, and Hello, I’m Special: How Individuality Became The New Conformity.

Lenny Bruce is Called to the Torah

Lenny Bruce is Called to the Torah
By February 5, 2007

Suddenly, secular young Jews are watching documentaries about Satmars and gay Hassids, grooving to the rhythm of rapper-reggae star Matisyahu, and reading about the sealed ultra-Orthodox communities depicted in the novels of Pearl Abraham and the short stories of Nathan … Read More

Nothing Is Illuminated

Nothing Is Illuminated
By December 19, 2006

I’m tired of the Holocaust—the great tragedy Jews devour like a falafel plate after the Yom Kippur fast. I recently declared a personal moratorium on Holocaust movies, museums, and memoirs. The Pianist: didn’t see it. The new version of Elie … Read More

The Death of Edge

By November 27, 2006

Every writer wants to push boundaries. We all want to be “edgy.” I’m sure I’m not the first writer who has found himself lying awake at night wondering who he has to pay to get banned, seized, and censored. But … Read More