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

In byline news:

Meet Kay Thompson, who wrote Eloise and starred in Funny Face, and was a piece of work. 

The thrilling history of the slow cooker! (And please shut up about your Instant Pot.)


Musical theater people are magic. (I do not comprehend how this non-Jewish actress learned to speak and sing in totally believable Yiddish in three weeks. But she did.)

Saul Steinberg, brooding doodler. 

La Estrellita, the 1920s Spanish dancer, vaudeville superstar, and inamorata of Jack London…who was actually a Jewish girl from Ohio. 

courtesy of the Oakland Museum

The 5 Worst Torah Portions EVER!

And as ever, lots of hot apology action on SorryWatch, including but not limited to a crappy apology from a producer of Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 for a racially insensitive and artistically belittling casting decision, and a truly horrid apology tale regarding fatphobia in yoga


  1. tanita August 4, 2017 at 8:51 am

    WHEN were you at the Oakland Museum??? I went for the Lange show about a month ago, and now I live in Alameda County so can pop over and see La Estrellita, wherever she is…

    It is SUCH a good museum.
    I am also having cat envy…

  2. marjorieingall August 4, 2017 at 9:17 am

    DAMMIT, I forgot you lived in the Bay Area!!!

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