in which a yay

by marjorieingall on June 26, 2015



what i’ve been writing lately

by marjorieingall on June 18, 2015


Here is a review of a parenting book that made me want to throw things. Here is a farewell to Phineas and Ferb, the smartest kids’ show on TV. Here’s a look at the fascinating history of a Greek-Jewish community in NYC. And here is a New York Times book review of Jami Attenberg’s wonderful new novel Saint Mazie.

I’m also working on my book (about the history of the Jewish Mother stereotype and why it’s wrong) and other projects, and sitting next to my beautiful cat, who is dying. Which, along with yet another insane shooting of innocent people and Tablet’s huge piece today about ISIS’s murder of journalist Steven Sotloff, puts a lot of things in perspective.


effective sex education (with bonus Mean Girls quotes)

by marjorieingall on May 29, 2015



This week’s Tablet magazine column: A look at best practices for sex education (shout-out to the awesome Population Council) and how some Jewish schools and educators are trying to incorporate them.  I can’t decide which I like more: Tablet art director Esther Werdiger’s work on this story, or her work on Tal Trachtman Aloy’s story about the little-known Jewish history of the Girl Scout movement.


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weekend reading if you are so inclined

by marjorieingall on May 1, 2015


1. Great show at the Studio Museum of Harlem (and no, fellow yehudim, we don’t need our own show about our hair).

2. Please do not watch serial domestic violence all-star Floyd Meriweather in his gazillion-dollar-payday fisticuffs this weekend.

3. What we can learn from a soulful 10-year-old girl with Ewing’s Sarcoma.

4. Fantasy Jewish megafights we’d like to see. (Hint: RBG KO’s all.)

Unrelated note: I am loving Daredevil on Netflix and trying not to binge it all in one crazed sleepless fell swoop. The fight scenes, the humor, the very existence of True Blood’s Deborah Ann Woll on this planet, the heavy Catholicism (as a Jew, I relate to Catholic guilt), Vincent d’Onofrio’s just-enough scenery chewing,  the super-dark, saturated palette. But one thing. [click to continue…]


raising feminist kids and other stuff

by marjorieingall on April 24, 2015


In Tablet magazine this week, I riffed on Lizzie Skurnick’s new book, That Should Be a Word, and discussed how to raise feminist children. I got hate mail for the latter, because MENINISM.

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Also of late I have written some SorryWatch things: A roundup of recent celebrity apologies (Evans! Renner! Affleck! Rai!), a nasty sportscaster’s nasty apology, a fine response to barfing in a bookstore, and an apology-centric “pourquoi tale.”


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more ranting

by marjorieingall on April 17, 2015

In Tablet magazine this week: I did pieces on the plethora of Holocaust books for children, most of which are NOT GOOD, and on the ALA’s list of most-frequently-banned-and-challenged-books of 2014, which does not contain enough Jews.

The art for the Holocaust piece, incidentally, was inspired by an actual book cover.



You know, for kids!


Jewish soldiers, eating matzoh, during WWII, overseas

by marjorieingall on March 29, 2015

A fun-to-report and strangely moving (to me, anyway) piece on how Jewish soldiers celebrated Passover in the European and Pacific military theaters during World War II. It’s a bit freaky, handling these old documents at the Center for Jewish History/American Jewish Historical Society. They don’t even make you wear gloves! (I was super-careful anyway.)

Other recent pieces: The Best Children’s Books for Passover, Josie’s and my annual CHALK expedition in memory of the Triangle Factory Fire, ideas for making your seder sparklier, and more.


stop being paranoid freaks, fellow parents

by marjorieingall on March 13, 2015

My most recent piece for Tablet magazine has over 3,000 Facebook shares, so I’m guessing it’s hit a nerve. It’s about the Meitivs, a family in Maryland who were found responsible for “unsubstantiated child neglect” after letting their kids (ages 10 and 7) walk home (during the day) from a nearby park (on well-traveled streets). And it’s about a woman calling my synagogue to accuse me of being a neglectful parent for letting my 10-year-old take the bus alone.

We talk about wanting our kids to be responsible and independent (and we tell them “Let’s Move!” if we are the First Lady of the United States) but we don’t allow them to actually get out in the world to play, walk and bike in a self-directed way. Grr. Anyway, the piece makes the point that keeping your kids in a lockbox is not actually a Jewish value.


what i have been up to lately

by marjorieingall on March 1, 2015

Working on my book. Pissing off parents of kids with nut allergies. Pondering certification for ethically kosher marijuana. Reviewing a novel I very much respected but did not enjoy. Pointing out a really crappy apology for using racist imagery to sell Photoshop tools. The usual.


Jewy fanfic!

by marjorieingall on February 19, 2015

You guys, I had so much fun doing this story on Jewish fanfiction for Tablet magazine. It made me realize I’ve been interested in established characters plunked into new settings since college, when I did my thesis on Eudora Welty’s The Robber Bridegroom. Have you read it? Such a weird, oblique, troubling book, and I loved it even though I didn’t GET it. There is really troubling sexual mishegas, and the characters are flat….but there’s something GLEEFUL and powerful about the way Welty messes with her characters. (Who really aren’t HERS.) (But for whatever it’s worth, I liked Margaret Atwood’s The Robber Bride, a longer and even more subversive version of the fairy tale that was published after I graduated from college, even more.) (And here is TRIVIA: Welty hated the word novella. But her book is a novella. She’s dead so she can’t come at me.) (This may be the greatest number of back-to-back parentheses I have ever used.)

This playbill for the musical based on the book is way better than any actual cover the book ever had. Please savor it.


But hey, would it have killed them to put Miss Welty’s name on it?

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