happy new year (?)

by marjorieingall on January 3, 2020

Here’s hoping 2020 is better than 2019.

In upbeat news, I am enjoying Oscar Isaac and John Boyega giving Disney agita as they promote Star War: Rise of the War Star. (Oscar Isaac, repeatedly: “I wanted my character to bone John’s character, you Mouse cowards.” John Boyega: “Reylo SUX.”) I did not like this movie for many reasons — mostly that it was incoherent — but what I liked best were these guys’ performances.  

More upbeat news: Here is my annual list for Tablet of the best Jewish children’s and young adult books of the year. It was a particularly strong year! Which is good, because we Jews need all the help we can get at the moment. This reminds me: Non-Jewish friends, please explore the “Love Your Neighbor” booklists compiled by the Association of Jewish Libraries: Four lists of children’s books on various Jewish topics, designed to foster understanding and solidarity.

Also, I reviewed four picture book biographies for the New York Times Book Review. 

On SorryWatch, we have a poor apology for racism in the restaurant world and a poor apology for tree destruction. Please send us your good apologies. We need them right now. (And as we said on Twitter: The Pope’s apology was fine. It was not great.) 




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