It's not that Adam Kirsch's name and criticism are new to me. It's just that for some reason, his Tablet book reviews are raising him to Jeffrey Goldbergesque status in my mind: As soon as I see his byline, I know I'm in for something that's quite likely to resonate. And it will definitely be something terrifically written.
Two recent examples: this review of Rich Cohen's Israel is Real, and this one of Fred Jerome's edited anthology titled Einstein on Israel and Zionism.
Like the aforementioned Goldberg, Kirsch is incredibly well-informed. His incisive commentary has, in the case of these two books, saved me the trouble (and doubtless, aggravation) of reading them. And for that, I am grateful.