in Tablet magazine this week….

by marjorieingall on April 3, 2014

Review/meditation/essay/talking-out-my-butt about Alfie Kohn’s new book, The Myth of the Spoiled Child.

I am going to write a parenting book called THEY LOVE THE CRATE.


More fun with the NYT’s Apology Watch crew

by marjorieingall on March 27, 2014

SorryWatch was sent an internal email — a really, really terrible apology! — from the bowels of corporate apology expert Dov Seidman’s ethical consultancy. (You may recall that we had FEELINGS about the NYT starting Apology Watch, but were informed in deep, condescending tones that NYT columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin and his advisor Seidman had no clue we existed. Despite SorryWatch being the third or fourth hit if you googled Apology Watch. Also we learned that we did not warrant an apology, despite SorryWatch’s having existed for two years. And despite one of us being a NYT bestselling author and the other a writer who has contributed many times to the NYT. But I do go on.

Anyhoo, in the SUPER SEEKRIT EMAIL we learned that the company’s human resources department is called “The People & Principled Performance Council”! A friend pointed out that this sounds like the villain in a dystopian middle-grade novel. It is a hilarious example of a godawful company apology. And it made us realize that there’s a weirdness to someone who has a financial interest in corporate apologies advising the NYT on corporate apologies.

Check it out.




by marjorieingall on March 18, 2014

YouAreStardust_spr2_1Fabulous picture books on cosmology. For the wee. A column in Tablet magazine. Buy these books immediately.


be vewwy vewwy quiet…

by marjorieingall on March 4, 2014

I haven’t gotten hate mail in weeks, so here is a column in Tablet magazine about my fur coat. 

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and in today’s controversy…

by marjorieingall on February 11, 2014

…I look at Tiger Mother Amy Chua’s new book with her husband Jed Rubenfeld, The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America. In Tablet magazine.

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SorryWatch vs. Apology Watch in Gawker

by marjorieingall on February 11, 2014

Gawker discusses the wee imbroglio in which NYT bestselling author Susan McCarthy and I (who have been doing SorryWatch since 2012) are treated super-duper-condescendingly by NYT apology parvenues. “Wall Street bootlicker” Andrew Ross Sorkin, “Terminator with a toothy grin and an expensive suit, quoting Aristotle and Kant while fielding nonstop calls on his BlackBerry” Dov Seidman and editor-about-whom-I-know-nothing Dan Niemi, hello!

Yesterday Sorkin launched his column with a look at Tim Armstrong of AOL. We were pretty sure he would (predictable choice) so I had an Armstrong post ready to go as well. Feel free to compare and contrast.

And how was YOUR evening?


why don’t jews celebrate birthdays?

by marjorieingall on January 29, 2014

SOME Jews. Some of us just kvetch about them. As I discuss in Tablet magazine this week.

Bonus thing: Let’s get writer-you-never-heard-of-who-was-pretty-much-wholly-responsible-for-Batman Bill Finger a Google Doodle! (UPDATE: Finger did not get his Google Doodle. Suck it, Google.)


a quiescently Frozen confection

by marjorieingall on January 15, 2014

Elsa-and-Anna-Wallpapers-frozen-35894707-1600-1200OK, it’s not quiescent. (That means restful.) But the old Popsicle slogan just popped into my head.

Anyway, I wrote a piece for Tablet magazine about why I found Frozen to be feminist and weird and delightful. And I’m a tough room.


the must-have kidlit manicures of 2014

by marjorieingall on January 7, 2014

I have discussed at length the proper shoes to wear while reading bedtime stories to your children. But the proper footwear is not enough to give your spawn every advantage! Your choice of nail polish is almost as important if you want your children to get better SAT scores than Amy Chua‘s children.

In previous posts I named the books in question; in this case, heaven help you if you don’t recognize the source material from the manicures. I am including two books I hate, because I am a giver who respects all literary choices even when they are wrong and horrible.

Click on the pics to learn more about the nail artistes who came up with these jaw-dropping creations. If you can name every book, congratulations! You get NOTHING.

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by marjorieingall on January 6, 2014

I have the cover story in the January issue of Real Simple. I read a dozen or so self-help books about work-life balance and tried to follow their advice. (So the piece is funny-serious.) It’s not online.