About Robert Birnbaum

Isadore Birnbaum was born in Bamberg Germany and grew up, changed his name and was badly educated in Chicago. He lived and plied his trade in Boston for many years. Robert is editor – without portfolio – at Identitytheory.com and a contributing writer at The Morning News.org and given the diminutive earthly rewards of literary journalism contributes to numerous publications, far and wide. He lives in New Hampshire with his shiksa blonde Labrador, Rosie.

Disappearing Act

Disappearing Act
By June 4, 2007

Nathan Englander disappeared for nearly a decade. In 1999, he was a promising young ex-Orthodox author with a widely-praised short story collection, For the Relief of Unbearable Urges. Then he dropped off the radar to write a book about Argentina … Read More

Disappearing Act: Part Two

Disappearing Act: Part Two
By June 1, 2007

What was the size of the manuscript before you cut the book down? The finished book is 350 pages. I probably handed in 600 pages to my agent, but really, with the footnotes and my annotated raw notes, it was … Read More

How Daniel Mendelsohn Remembers the Holocaust

How Daniel Mendelsohn Remembers the Holocaust
By January 11, 2007

Daniel Mendelsohn's resemblance to his great-uncle Shmiel, who died in the Holocaust, is so stark that young Daniel could make his relatives weep just by walking into a room. Should it come as a surprise that this writer is so … Read More