Happy 80th birthday, Judy Blume! Let us not allow our collective obsession with Forever distract us from what makes her truly magnificent! (Spoiler alert: It’s her incredible empathy for her characters, her gift for dialogue, and the fact that she’s really fucking funny.) (Also, how psyched was I to see my secular Jewish self reflected in a novel?)
An obituary for Julius Lester, marvelous writer and troublemaker.
A smart, kind, not-too-scary introduction to the Holocaust for very young viewers.
A batshit faux-academic essay (in a journal funded by a libertarian software zillionaire) about how the sneaky Jews are trying to undermine good American values through children’s literature.
Again I must rave about this middle-grade comic novel set in the 1980s and full of Members Only jackets and nuclear anxiety.
And I forget what’s been going on at SorryWatch because everything is terrible.