Articles, Chapters & Stories

2010
Goldstein R. Love, Tough and Not: I.J. Singer’s "The Brothers Ashkanazi". The Book, The New Republic online [Internet]. 2010. Website
Goldstein R. Hearts Full of Sorrow (Review of Nicole Krauss's "Great House"). New York Times Book Review [Internet]. 2010. Website
Goldstein R. When Clarity Isn't a Virtue. Wall Street Journal [Internet]. 2010. Website
Thirty-Six Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction
Goldstein R. Thirty-Six Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction. Pantheon; 2010.Abstract
Equally adept at fiction (a winner of the National Jewish Book Award) and philosophy (a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation “genius” prize), Rebecca Newberger Goldstein now gives us a novel that transforms the great debate between faith and reason into an exhilarating romance of both heart and mind. At the center: Cass Seltzer, a professor of psychology whose book, The Varieties of Religious Illusion, has become a surprise best seller. He’s been dubbed “the atheist with a soul,” and his sudden celebrity has upended his life. He wins over the stunning Lucinda Mandelbaum–“the goddess of game theory”–and loses himself in a spiritually expansive infatuation. A former girlfriend appears: an anthropologist who invites him to join in her quest for immortality through biochemistry. But he is haunted by reminders of the two people who ignited his passion to understand religion: his teacher Jonas Elijah Klapper, a renowned literary scholar with a suspicious obsession with messianism, and an angelic six-year-old mathematical genius, heir to the leadership of an exotic Hasidic sect. The rush of events in a single dramatic week plays out Cass’s conviction that the religious impulse spills out into life at large. In 36 Arguments for the Existence of God, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein explores the rapture and torments of religious experience in all its variety. Hilarious, heartbreaking, and intellectually captivating, it is a luminous and intoxicating novel.
2006
Goldstein R. New York Sun Interview. The New York Sun. 2006.
Goldstein R. Consciousness is a brain process. In: Brockman J What we believe but cannot prove: Today’s leading thinkers on science in the age of certainty. New York: Free Press; 2006.
Goldstein R. Review of “The Literary Animal” Gottschall J, Wilson DS. Nature. 2006;April.
Goldstein R. Review of “Philosophy Made Simple” by Robert Hellenga. New York Times Book Review [Internet]. 2006. Website
Goldstein R. Reasonable Doubt. New York Times [Internet]. 2006. Website
Goldstein R. Review of Deborah Blum's “Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life After Death”. New York Sun [Internet]. 2006. Website
Goldstein R. Review of Daniel Mendelsohn’s “The Lost: A Search for Six of the Six Million”. New York Observer. 2006. new_york_observer.pdf
Goldstein R. Review of Robert Richardson’s “William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism”. New York Times Book Review [Internet]. 2006. Website
Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity
Goldstein R. Betraying Spinoza: The Renegade Jew Who Gave Us Modernity. Nextbooks/Schocken; 2006.
2005
Goldstein R. Contribution to World Question Center 2005. Edge: The World Question Center [Internet]. 2005. Website
Goldstein R. Commentary on Richard Foreman’s “The Gods are Pounding My Head!”. Edge: The Third Culture [Internet]. 2005. Website