Literary giant Philip Roth died Tuesday night. While the first words frequently used to describe him are “Jewish-American writer,” he would vehemently oppose that characterization.
I know that…because I got to personally ask him about it. I interviewed him as a reporter for my college newspaper 25 years ago. (Yes, I find that as unbelievable to type as you must find it to read). In the course of our almost hour-long interview, he ranged from snarky to petulant, but he was vehement… >> Read More
Philip Roth, a literary giant, passed away at age 85. As Charles McGrath wrote in his obituary in The New York Times, "he was drawn again and again to writing about themes of Jewish identity,…anti-Semitism and the Jewish experience in America." But what Roth provided, of course, was a uniquely American Jewish male experience. As Shayna Goodman wrote in Lilith Magazine in 2014, "In his novels, Roth often writes about masculinity impaired by female sexuality; and this reveals something big and troubling about Roth’s attitudes towards women." And as… >> Read More
Attention Amazon shoppers (read: everyone): While Amazon founder Jeff Bezos may be literally getting richer by the second, there's some bad news in store for those of us in search of cheap and…convenient online shopping. It turns out that Amazon's famously super-lax return policy may not be so lax after all. The online juggernaut is now banning customers who make too many returns. For those of us who rely on Amazon for just about everything — groceries, clothes, and especially last-minute travel items and birthday gifts —… >> Read More
Ten people were killed last week at a shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas, and 13 more were injured.
Among the unnecessarily dead is Shana Fisher, a 16-year-old year old girl who allegedly…turned down romantic advances from the shooter, Dimitrios Pagourtzis, and, after four months of unencouraged overtures from him, stood up to him in class. Her mother contends that Fisher was deliberately targeted for having refused the Pagourtzis’s attention. I’m enraged by this, for a variety of reasons. I’ll start with the obvious: Nobody should be… >> Read More
Mrs. Maisel is coming back, again! The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, a very funny Jewish show, was just renewed for a third season — and that's before a premiere date has even been set for season…2. Amazon Studios announced the show's renewal this weekend. It may seem premature (just like season 2, which was picked up after only the pilot aired) but, like everyone else, Amazon is clearly loving Mrs. Maisel. Season 2 is set to premiere later this year, with the opening episode reportedly taking place in Paris. "Something that… >> Read More