a farewell to slinky

by marjorieingall on December 31, 2013

Our kitty Slinky died, too young and too soon. I wrote about it for Tablet magazine.




the case of the problematic children’s books

by marjorieingall on December 18, 2013


The original Nancy Drew mysteries were cringe-inducingly racist and anti-Semitic. What to do, what to do. I ponder. In Tablet magazine.


wonder of wonders

by marjorieingall on December 8, 2013

I reviewed Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof in today’s New York Times Book Review. Spoiler alert: I really liked it. (And whoa, I see the publisher has already put a pull-quote from the review on Amazon. Speedy.)


fun at the Tenement Museum

by marjorieingall on December 6, 2013

Read all about it here. We did not see this dude.


I shot this during the filming of The Knick on Orchard and Broome. (So many extras on iPhones…)


the mega-mecha list of best Jewish children’s books of 2013

by marjorieingall on November 21, 2013

This week in Tablet magazine: the 18 best Jewish children’s books of 2013.

And here, as promised, is the longer list of contenders, some of which may please your young gift recipient more than the ones I chose. The ones with an asterisk are the best of the best and are described in more detail in my column; read about them in Tablet. [click to continue…]


new york times book review

by marjorieingall on November 10, 2013

I have a piece in The New York Times Book Review today. If you have a 3rd-8th grader in your life who gets arch, tongue-in-cheek humor and would enjoy some Pirates-of-Penzance-style rollicking adventure with an awesome feminist twist, you must get The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates. The other book I reviewed, meh. [click to continue…]


guess what? jewish chicken butt.

by marjorieingall on November 5, 2013

This week in Tablet magazine: Why do so many Jewish children’s books feature chickens?
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in which i was annoyed

by marjorieingall on October 17, 2013

New York Magazine ran a piece called “Ethical Parenting” that caused me distress. (My original title for this week’s Tablet magazine column was NEW YORK MAGAZINE IS TRYING TO KILL ME AGAIN.) I responded with a rant. I love Tablet for letting me be go spittily nutballs, though I do not love the house style of hyphenating “asshat.” (Ditto assclown and shitbag. Come on, these words are way funnier without hyphens.) [click to continue…]


things i have written this week

by marjorieingall on October 5, 2013

1. Barilla pasta makes babies cry.

2. Patricia Polacco is a goddess.

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a book under my own name!

by marjorieingall on October 4, 2013

From Publisher’s Marketplace this week:

Tablet parenting columnist and frequent NYTBR contributor Marjorie Ingall’s REVENGE OF THE JEWISH MOTHER, in which the author lays out the ten commandments (“Why mess with a classic?”) for bringing up self-sufficient, ethical, and accomplished children, to Leah Miller for Harmony, at auction, by Sarah Burnes of The Gernert Company (NA).