Coen Brothers's "A Serious Man" Trumps Michael Chabon's Nostrums

So did many people read this Op-Ed by Michael Chabon in the New York Times last weekend?
I like Chabon’s fiction, though I usually don’t go out of my way to read it. He often comes across as rather glib and light. Here I think he seems awfully smug. The Coen Brothers’s A Serious Man addresses some of the same issues of Jewishness, only without the smug patina covering all. It’s my favorite film of the last few years. Uncle Arthur’s monologue by the empty swimming pool is heartbreaking, classic. And the son adds bathos when needed: “Dad? F-Troop is still fuzzy.”

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