The actress who played Mrs. Wolowitz on The Big Bang Theory recently passed away, and with her went a once-pervasive staple of broadcast-TV humor. I wrote about the portrayal of Jewish mothers on television, then and now, in Tablet Magazine this week. [click to continue…]
Mind your head! Fasten your safety belts; clench your buttocks! It’s going be a bumpy ride!
Nah. We had a great time, and I believe we successfully minimized the sullenness that the teen/tween visitor is prone to. Here’s an account of our trip, which might be useful to know if you are planning a visit yourself with tweens/teens of your own. [click to continue…]
I have a quick little piece on holiday apologies — based on Susan McCarthy’s and my work on SorryWatch — over at Health.com.
Perhaps this SantaCon participant should read it. Especially if that’s not her car.
Here is the January 2015 issue of O: The Oprah magazine. It is explained in an editor’s note, in case we couldn’t tell, that Oprah and the lion were never actually in a shot together. Photoshop technology was employed.
I am a bad person, but all I could think when I saw this magazine in my mailbox was this: [click to continue…]
This week in Tablet magazine, my annual roundup of the Best Jewish Children’s Books of 2014. Here are some additional titles I found notable.
Oh, and a reminder: I see my job as helping you buy presents that will make children happy. The ALA, National Jewish Book Awards and Sydney Taylor Awards people all have more knotty and complicated award-granting criteria. I do not envy those guys. I just get to go “OOH, TELL ME ABOUT YOUR KID AND LET ME TELL YOU WHAT BOOKS TO BUY FOR HANUKAH!”
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I have a book review in today’s New York Times. I enjoyed two of the three books I was assigned, and I enjoyed LOOKING at the third. READING it made me cranky.
Aw, look. I feel better now. Whew.
Kvelling like a mofo over here. Tablet Magazine let me do a piece on Josie’s Bat Mitzvah, which I realize is in dangerous STFU Parents territory. But THIS IS MY BLOG SO SCREW ALL Y’ALL LOOK AT MY NAVEL ISN’T IT PRETTY.
The Bat Mitzvah was super-fun, moving, and delightfully bookish (Josie’s only request was to have her party at a bookstore or library). Read the story at Tablet. Here are some more pictures because I’M NOT DONE DAMMIT. [click to continue…]
She’s led a fascinating life (above, here she is posing in her pal Terry Richardson‘s glasses — sure hope she has stock in Purell) but her book is maddening. WHAT THE HELL, DEE-OHHN. Is she being deliberately cryptic or is she totally lacking in self-awareness? In Tablet Magazine this week, The 22 Most Jaw-Dropping Tidbits in DVF’s New Memoir.
Bonus for blog readers: A 23rd tidbit!
Tatiana [DVF’s daughter] always got the best grades in school — she was summa cum laude at her school in Connecticut — and did so well that she skipped the seventh grade. She always did her brother’s homework as well as her own and held it over him for years, constantly telling Alexandre: “I did your homework for you. I did your applications for you and I did your thesis for you,'” but she also admits that now she’s getting paid back by Alexandre through his financial skills.
It’s nice to know I still have the power to be shocked by a parent bragging that one of her children consistently did her other child’s homework (including his THESIS) after I’ve seen parents on Facebook bragging about doing their kids’ high school lit and science research and I watched a relative essentially write her son’s college essay. Huzzah, I’m not jaded!
This week in Tablet Magazine: Come for the cultural appropriation, stay for the grammatical errors!
I am not anti-tattoo. I applaud creative, personal, artistic work. And to address an issue that came up on Twitter: I think it is possible for non-Jews to have thoughtful, well-done, attractive and respectful tattoos in Hebrew. Olympic swimmer Fabien Gilot, in my piece, is an example; his tattoo has actual personal significance, and the lettering is well-done and well-placed.
But to get back to the mockery, here is a bonus (ugly) tattoo, cut from the story because it’s not actually Hebrew: Singer Lily Allen has a Star of David, along with symbols of the other major world religions, tattooed on her wrist. Along with a communist hammer and sickle, a smiley face, a ripoff of Keith Haring’s barking dog, and Homer Simpson’s head. Because of course she does.
Not really. But I did take issue with my colleague Yair Rosenberg’s characterization of a Milwaukee kerfuffle (involving a public school, a sukkah, the definition of the separation of church and state, and the role of the local Jewish Federation). I read the piece while sitting in a miasma of bleach at a Brooklyn hair salon, read the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article that Yair used as his source material, and emailed the powers-that-be at Tablet that I wanted to do a rebuttal. By the time my new lavender-white streak was done, I’d written a response.
What Yair sees as a sinister, demoralizing, defeatist move by Federation I see as a triumph of collaboration and democracy in action. WHOO.
Not Nicolet kids’ sukkah. Our sukkah. Which is ALSO at a private home and not a public school.