what’s new?

by marjorieingall on November 17, 2017

Anti-vaccine hordes attack a Jewish children’s book

Transgender Jews are creating meaningful, inclusive mikvah rituals

10 Things I’ve learned after having two kids become Bat Mitzvah.

I reviewed a bunch of YA fantasy novels for the New York Times. 

Also, I am a walking ball of phlegm, please pity me. 



friends, friends, friends

by marjorieingall on November 7, 2017

I was so excited to interview Marty Krofft, of Sid & Marty Krofft, of the newly rebooted “Sigmund & the Sea Monsters” and the classic “HR Pufnstuf” and “Lidsville” and so much more, for Tablet Magazine. And then it turned out that the Kroffts are not Jewish and there was no reason to interview them for a Jewish publication. YET SHE PERSISTED.

Dave Eggers’s new book about the Statue of Liberty is terrific.

There’s a brand new exhibit at the Tenement Museum, this one focusing on post-WWII immigration. 

It’s the ANXIETY TWIG FETISH, a talisman for our neurotic age!

Unrelated: I voted today.

On SorryWatch: Kevin Spacey‘s and Harvey Weinstein‘s apologies, analyzed. (And as a palate cleanser, a far better apology from Thor.)

And most important, my daughter became a Bat Mitzvah. 


The Talmud of Clueless

by marjorieingall on October 11, 2017

Clueless is now on Netflix, and replete with Jewishness!

I took a spooky hard-hat tour of the old abandoned Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital. Look, I took a picture of a spooky window pane.

Here are three new picture books about Israel for parents who are ambivalent about Israel.

What the hell is this vintage goober of an Israeli hat doing on current fashion runways? And, God help us, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art?

Meet the Jazz-Age Jewess behind NYC’s repressive Cabaret Law.

And whoo, a bunch of new posts on SorryWatch, including a close reading of Harvey Weinstein’s execrable, whiplash-inducing apology, and a wee apology-adjacent linguistics lesson, for you word nerds. (Also, a SorryWatcher opined in USAToday about Equifax’s lousy apology.)

My daughter’s Bat Mitzvah is in 10 days and I have to make 200 origami boats. Bye. 






Letting bylines be bylines

by marjorieingall on September 15, 2017

Rosh HaShanah is nearly upon us. Honey cake sucks. Can we science the shit out of it? (The recipe’s by America’s Test Kitchen; the admittedly-delicious-looking cake pic above is by Joe Keller.)

Tupperware parties…for pot!

Saving the Yiddish Theater Walk of Fame.

A terrific biography for young readers (and you, and me) about war photojournalists Gerda Taro and Robert Capa.

And on SorryWatch, why Equifax’s apology sucked. (I am particularly proud of the very old-school-Variety headline.)



New children’s books about refugees

by marjorieingall on August 29, 2017

In Tablet Magazine today. It hasn’t even been a year since my last roundup on this subject, but there are several new and notable titles, and it’s not as if the issue is going away.

I went to Berlin and Prague this summer, so I have monuments on my mind. The United States could learn a lot from Berlin’s memorials. 

And here’s a piece on Bonny Doon, my late dad’s fave winery. Spoiler alert: I got drunk and kinda maudlin. 

I reviewed a truly terrific middle-grade graphic novel in the New York Times Book Review.  

And in SorryWatch news: Hooray, a good apology, which, come on, do we not need this right now? Yeah we do. Hat tip to the March for Racial Justice. 



new kitten!

by marjorieingall on August 3, 2017

Please welcome Dorothy Parker Kaylee Velvet McGonagall, seen here in the company of Novella Zoe McGonagall. 

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Book rec! and other stuff!

by marjorieingall on July 2, 2017

This new picture book about a boy and a stone lion is very touching…and a good way to open a discussion about immigration with one’s children.

If you are in downtown NYC, check out this ship-focused show about migrants and millionaires at the South Street Seaport Museum. (There is a Black Tap milkshake truck parked nearby, if that is an incentive.)

Why are there so few Jewish father jokes?

Maimonides did not discourse upon dad bod,” BUT HE COULDA. 

Wonder Woman gave me Jewy-feminist-y feelings

Also, I am in New York Family magazine being snarky about summer camp photo websites.

As ever, SorryWatch is on the case…this time internationally! Here’s a good apology from Esquire in the Philippines for insensitivity toward a trans singer, and here’s a bad apology from Mamamia in Australia for fatphobic, fake-solicitous idiocy toward writer Roxane Gay. Lots more good stuff, plus shorter apology thoughts on Facebook and Twitter. 

Have a good Independence Day. I will be watching fireworks, wearing my Yael Kanarek RESIST necklace. 



what’s been going on here

by marjorieingall on June 7, 2017

I realize I haven’t posted in a while. My beloved kitty Bookie died. He was a miracle kitty — had a heart defect, battled back from a pulmonary embolism that paralyzed his back legs, put up with us shoving medicine down his throat and never bit or scratched anyone in the process. He was a lovebug. After he threw his first clot we were told we had four to six months tops with him, and we got 13. But I’m still so sad. This past week we got a kitten, because our surviving kitty Novella really needs a friend. I’m wary. Maybe of falling in love with another cat, maybe merely of the fact that a kitten is TINY. JEEZ. (I’ve never had a kitten — I’ve only ever adopted adult cats — and the rest of the fam forcefully advocated for A BABY.) Anyhow, it is a lot of work. I’m adjusting. Novella is adjusting. I’m sure everything will be fine. Yeah. 

But hey, I still write things! Let’s discuss! I wrote about the trailer for the forthcoming movie Wonder, which is raising red flags for some advocates of people with disabilities. I wrote a paean to cheesecake and Jewishness. I wrote about neo-Nazi graffiti that appeared all over my neighborhood (and after I wrote the piece, a lovely person covered up every incidence of it with black paint, so THANK YOU, PERSON!). I wrote about the nifty artsy Noah’s Ark playground at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, and I am grateful that my editor did not use the photo of me squatting in a child-sized hut made of corncobs. On the same trip, I wrote about an all-romance bookstore in Culver City. I adored the youthful proprietresses, and realized only after the piece was finished that I was really writing about mothers, daughters and loss. (I am slow.) I wrote about the cultural reclamation of the word “mom” (I HAVE THOUGHTS) and about a new documentary I found funny, smart, edifying and touching. 

In Mamaleh Knows Best news, I had such a fun time in New Haven! I love you, New Haven! Cambridge can SUCK IT. 

In SorryWatch news — we have been busy, what with the world being what it is, so just go over there and see what we’ve been up to. You might as well follow us on Twitter and Facebook too. (We cover a lot of apologies there that we don’t cover on the site — mostly when you know exactly what we’re gonna say but we all know we’re gonna say it anyway, Bill Maher, Kathy Griffin, talking to you.)


Wolfie Cohen and more…

by marjorieingall on April 29, 2017

I wrote this piece on the late, lamented Wolfie Cohen’s Rascal House on an iPad, in the car, on the way from Orlando to St. Petersburg on vacay with the fam. I nearly barfed. But not because I was remembering the food at the Rascal House, which was DIVOON. 

I had a piece in the April issue of Real Simple (sorry I forgot to mention it, whoops) about a sweet family in Maine who do animal rescue work. It’s a great teaching tool for their kids — about kindness, accountability, the circle of life…

Would you like to read a nifty coffee table book about the history of the card catalog? You are in luck! 

War Paint, Schmore Paint — here’s the story of a 15th century Jewish female cosmetician. Helena Rubinstein had nothing on Anna of Rome. 

Here’s a review of a powerful children’s book about the history of the song “Strange Fruit.”

Here’s a look at a training program to help Jews support Muslims being harassed in their communities. 

In SorryWatch news, a decent apology from an academic journal that assigned an elderly professor with white supremacist views to review a young academic’s book about academic inequities in public schools. (Oops!) And Pepsi issued a pallid apology for that Kendall Jenner advertising debacle. 

I had a delightful visit to St. Louis to promote Mamaleh Knows Best. Next up: Los Angeles! I think this event is private, but if you know any LA radio stations or bookstores who would be open to my self-whoring, let me know. 



by marjorieingall on March 30, 2017

Look, an interesting new graphic biography of Mamas and the Papas singer Cass Elliot! 

In other things-I-wrote news, I enjoyed a genre-smashing lesbian time-travel romance and a queer cabaret about Weimar Germany. I enjoyed learning that Lucius Malfoy attended Orthodox Day School. I enjoyed getting to welcome one of my heroes, historian Jenna Weissman Joselit, to Tablet — once upon a time we both wrote columns for The Jewish Forward. (Re-u-ni-ted and it feels so good!) And in SorryWatch news, I enjoyed this lovely caffeinated apology. 

I am less full of enjoyment about instances of women and female smurfs being erased from ultra-Orthodox media, and about the crappy apology from The Daily Beast for outing gay athletes, but we can’t have everything. 

In book news, I’ll be at Temple Beth-El in Providence, RI (my homeland!) on April 9th at 10:30 am. Deets here.