bella by alice neel!

I do get to write about a lot of random stuff. Thank you, Tablet. Of late: 

An art gallery had a show that was purportedly a tribute to activist Bella Abzug. LIAAAAAR.

Yum, delicious in-vitro meat grown from fruit-fly larvae. But is it kosher?

Review of a fascinating, award-winning book about the founder of Mad Magazine.

A whole passel of new children’s picture books about death!

Get a gander of my Jewy tattoos. 

In non-writing news, J and I saw Bryan Ferry at the Beacon Theater uptown, the perfect glamorous setting for this louche and seductive gentleman. He’s still got it. Voice wasn’t great, but stage presence all there, band is top-notch, and at 71 he’s got a luxuriant head of age-appropriate hair (note: Donald Trump is 70) and big, long-fingered hands.

Hello, Bryan Ferry.


We also saw an odd and snazzy show at the Lincoln Center Festival that was a modern-day version of the Golem legend, but with more edge, sass, and surveillance. Also humans interacting with projections and animations. Nifty.

And my beloved cat Bookie had an aortic thromboembolism and his back legs were paralyzed, and I thought for sure this was the end, since he had already been diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy after a near-death experience four months ago, but he totally rallied, to the shock of the entire veterinary office, and he did not die, and now he is snoozing in his favorite spot in the garden. Good things can happen!



  1. Susan Kerner August 5, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Hi – wish you had included my books about loss for children. Pls check them out:
    Always By My Side
    Mama’s Right Here
    I know many widowed parents and their kids have responded and loved them –
    Both through Star Bright Books
    Susan Kerner

  2. tanita August 5, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    You go girl, with that ink. It’s beautiful. I was under the misapprehension for whatever reason that tatts were frowned on by the faithful in the Jewish world, but cheers to embracing your faith in your way – and celebrating your girlies every single day you’re given.

    I’m going to pass on the Super Meat, tho. #thankfullyvegetarian

  3. marjorieingall August 10, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Hi, Susan! The piece was about books published in the last twelve months. Best of luck with your writing!

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