arts & culture
I love to find out the movitation behind an artist's creation -- whether it's a film, a book, a performance or an exhibit -- and to give readers a sense of what the piece could be and/or what it says about society today.
Jason Biggs loves being mistaken as Jewish
The 'Orange is the New Black' and 'American Pie' star has been playing Jewish roles since he was a child and calls himself 'the Jewiest looking non-Jew. Read article
Flowers of the Incest
Why did we teenagers love the sick VC Andrews book series, Flowers in the Attic? Read Article
The "Circumcised, Certified Dick" is Back!
The Hebrew Hammer returns in time to save his people. Read Salon Article.
If You Leave me, I Delete You (or, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)
The International Art of Botching Foreign Movie Titles. Read Article
The Evolution of the Apatow Male
He's either a virgin, a stoner, professionally inept or emotionally stunted. And he's whipped. He's always whipped. Read Article
Graphic Novels Take on the Middle East
Illustrator Harvey Pikar Disappoints, Guy Delisle surprises, in these illustrated tomes about the Middle East. Read Article
Bless Those Long Island Princesses
Bravo's latest reality TV show will make members of The Tribe Run in Shame. Read Article
The Return of Rick Moranis
The star of Ghostbusters and Honey I Shrunk series now has a new album out. Read Article.
Whither Art Thou, American Male?
Jason Segel's character in The Five-Year Engagement signals the end of the American male onscreen. Read article.
Why The Hunger Games Kicks Twilight's Butt
With the advent of tough teen heroines like The Hunger Games' Katniss Everdeen, the age of the simpering, love-sick teens like Twilight's Bella Swan has finally come to an end. Read Article
Why Can't Hollywood Get Jews Right?
Before Jesse Eisenberg made The Social Network he wore awful sidelocks in Holy Rollers. Read Salon Article
Who's the Victim Now, Dawg?
If you think Tova Reich's "My Holocaust" is only making fun of the Holocaust, you've missed the point. This somewhat uneven novel satirizes those who base their identity -- and business -- on tragedy. Read San Francisco Chronicle Article.
Book Agents? In California?
Of course in the age of the Internet it's possible to get an agent in California, but is it preferable? Read PDF
Uma Thurman, Shiksa Goddess
What's a nice Jewish boy doing falling in love with Uma Thurman? That's the conceit of Prime, starring Meryl Streep as the Jewish mother/therapist caught in a triangle between her patient and her son (unknown actor). An interview with writer/director Ben Younger. Read article.
Hey, Watch Where You're Going With That Beard!
Esquire Editor-At-Large A.J. Jacobs practically invented the "quest" book, first with "The Know-It-All," and now with "The Year of Living Biblically," which is about...guess what? Read Article.
It's Not Unusual To Be Tom Jones
Don't get your panties up in a wad just because Tom Jones is coming to Israel. The aging rocker still had fans -- although their underwear -- and throwing arms -- had seen better days. Read PDF.
Religious Bodice-Rippers: "Oh, Moses, Take Me!"
"Heber's amused expression quickly turned to exasperation, and he grabbed me.... And with no more care than a stallion takes a mare, and with just as much roughness, he took me." -- "Women of the Bible: Jael's Story," by Ann Burton (2006) Read Article