Tablet (magazine)

Tablet is a National Magazine Award-winning daily online magazine of news, ideas, and Jewish culture. Founded in 2009 by current editor-in-chief Alana Newhouse, it is a project of the nonprofit organization Nextbook Inc.

Tablet
Tablet Magazine logo.svg
EditorAlana Newhouse
PublisherNextbook
First issueJune 2009; 12 years ago (2009-06)
LanguageEnglish
Websitewww.tabletmag.com
ISSN1551-2940

Current contributing writers include Tony Badran (Levant analyst), Paul Berman, Daniel Boyarin, Jonathan Boyarin, Francis Brent, Menachem Butler, Vladislav Davidzon (European culture critic), Norman Doidge (science columnist), Leslie Epstein, Jules Feiffer, Alter Yisrael Shimon Feuerman, Matti Friedman, Kinky Friedman, Anthony Grafton, Alex Gutentag, J. HobermanDara Horn, Paula Jacobs, Howard Jacobson, K.C. Johnson, Rokhl Kafrissen, Dana Kessler, James Kirchick, Leah Koenig, Bernard-Henri Levy (European correspondent), Michael Lind, Edward LuttwakShaul MagidDavid Mikics, B. Duncan Moench, Joan Nathan, David Patrikarakos, Maggie MacFarland Phillips, Anne Roiphe, Kat Rosenfield, Dan D. Y. Shapira, Samantha Shokin, Jeremy Sigler, Blake Smith, Lee Smith, Izabella Tabarovsky, Flora Tsapovsky, Sara Toth Stub, Michael Walzer, Jeff Weiss, Jenna Weissman Joselit, and Wesley Yang.

Current staff editors and writers include Wayne Hoffman, Liel Leibovitz, and Yair Rosenberg. Tablet’s literary editor is David Samuels.

Notable Tablet alumni include Bari Weiss and Marc Tracy.

Notable storiesEdit

In 2012, writing in Tablet, Michael C. Moynihan raised questions about the veracity of Jonah Lehrer’s reporting on Bob Dylan for his book Imagine: How Creativity Works.[1] Moynihan showed that Lehrer had invented and cobbled together quotes attributed to the singer. His findings led to Lehrer’s resignation from the New Yorker.

In 2018, staff writer Jacob Siegel and writer Leah McSweeney published a 10,000-word investigation[2] of the national leadership of the Women’s March, detailing allegations of mismanagement, racist rhetoric, and antisemitism, including links to famously antisemitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. The report placed the Women’s March under heightened scrutiny, leading to a widespread drop in support and the resignation of founding members Tamika Mallory, Bob Bland, and Linda Sarsour from the board.

Tablet’s news coverage is frequently well ahead of the curve on developing stories. The magazine published a pioneering series of long reported articles over three years by Marc Weitzmann chronicling Islamist violence in France and the paralysis of the French state [3] and Lee Smith’s early coverage of the Syrian civil war, the Iran Deal campaign, the Fusion GPS journalist ring, and the Russiagate hoax. Staff writer Armin Rosen’s coverage of the coronavirus outbreak in Jewish neighborhoods of Brooklyn featured prescient observations about the widely overlooked antisemitism in New York City, and contributing writer Norman Doidge was among the first to seriously consider the coronavirus lab leak theory[4] and the damaging public health effects of widespread lockdowns.

Tablet has also published original fiction from Aharon Appelfeld, Ben Marcus, Leslie Epstein, Bruce Jay FriedmanAnne Roiphe, Ayelet Tsabari, and David Bezmogis.

Publications and other projectsEdit

The magazine has its own podcasting arm, Tablet Studios. Its inaugural and most popular podcast, Unorthodox, is a weekly take on Jewish news and culture that has been described by The Guardian as one of the 50 best podcasts in the world.[5] Other shows include the narrative podcast Adventures with Dead Jews, hosted by Dara Horn, the longform podcast Radioactive about infamous radio host Charles Coughlin, the conversational podcast Anxiously, the daily Daf Yomi podcast Take One, the kids game show podcast Hebrew School, the weekly Torah discussion Parsha in Progress, and the narrative-driven Israel Story, which has been described as the Israeli American Life.

Tablet has published 3 books—the bestselling 100 Most Jewish Foods, The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia, which was co-written by the hosts of Unorthodox, and its own Passover Haggadah.

AwardsEdit

Tablet has received two National Magazine Awards and been nominated for three others. Pentagram, the firm behind the magazine’s interface, has won several design awards for Tablet’s website.

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