Gimme a job and you’ll instantly get me invoooooooooolved

A Chorus Line reference! Because I am a big ol’ theater nerd! Sorry not sorry.  So I’m looking for work, freelance or full-time. My book with Susan McCarthy, SORRY SORRY SORRY: THE CASE FOR GOOD APOLOGIES, will be out next year (it’s based on our apology-analysis web site, SorryWatch) and I’m working on other stuff,… Continue reading Gimme a job and you’ll instantly get me invoooooooooolved

the best LGBTQ children’s and young adult books IMHO

Happy Pride! I think I last did a booklist about this topic in 2016. Here are the books I’d add to it today: Board Books Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer Baby’s First Words/Mis Primeras Palabras by Stella Blackstone and Sunny Scribens Picture Books  Julián is a Mermaid by Jessica Love  This Day in… Continue reading the best LGBTQ children’s and young adult books IMHO

Holocaust kidlit and current politics (and a podcast)

For International Holocaust Remembrance Day, I wrote for Tablet about the best children’s Holocaust books of 2020. No Anne Frank bios; no picture books. FOR REASONS.  This was my last piece for Tablet. I quit, after over a decade. I’m sad and still having dreams about it, which I realize is a bit pathetic. But… Continue reading Holocaust kidlit and current politics (and a podcast)

hanukkah alert: best jewish children’s books of 2020

To be fair, these are the best books to give as gifts. All are delightful, none are too edumacational. In the last few years, I’ve published a whole separate list of best Holocaust books for children and teens (welcome to writing for the Jews) because I want to give a shout out to all the wonderful… Continue reading hanukkah alert: best jewish children’s books of 2020

The Quarantine Cat Report

The last time I posted, Vinnie had just gotten stuck between the screen door and the glass door, with the cat door RIGHT NEXT TO HIM. A month later, this sweet moron is still struggling with the notion of the cat door. Here is my daughter offering him moral support.  please enjoy my daughter cheerleading… Continue reading The Quarantine Cat Report

Stuff I have been writing and ALSO! NEW KITTEN!

I have been out of touch. Sorry. Updating the site feels a little frivolous right now. Also on a personal note my job at Tablet has expanded and I’m still learning the new design and content management system. And also also: NEW KITTEN! I SAID NEW KITTEN! Look again upon my NEW KITTEN! Anyway, here… Continue reading Stuff I have been writing and ALSO! NEW KITTEN!

the secret Jewish origins of spaghetti Bolognese, and more

In completely non-me news, I just saw Birds of Prey with my teenage kid who loves girl-power ass-kicking in media, and to my surprise, I loved it. I did not get any of the comic-book references and it did not matter. I also thought there was a direct visual reference to the Margaret Atwood line,… Continue reading the secret Jewish origins of spaghetti Bolognese, and more