Books on my Night Table July 31, 2019 by Robert J. Avrech Leave a Comment In the year 1000 there was the fervent belief that the oceans would rise, the crops would fail, and that the world was going to end in fire and ice and fury. In short Democrats would have felt right at home in Medieval Millennium Europe. Modern critics dubbed Roth, Bellow and Malamud as important Jewish writers. Chaim Grade was a real Jewish writer whose subject matter was the vanished world of the European Jew in the years before World War II. A great and sadly neglected writer. Before Peter Bogdanovich directed the best movies of the 70s, Targets, The Last Picture Show, What’s Up Doc?, and Paper Moon he wrote some of the best, most well observed essays about movies and movie people.