Jessica Young

Jessica Young currently teaches at American University, in Washington, DC. She completed her undergraduate work at MIT, and her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Michigan. Her first full-length poetry collection, "Alice's Sister" (published by WordTech), came out in Fall 2013.


When Borscht Belt Comedy Went to School

By On July 31, 2013

“The birth of modern stand-up comedy begins in the Catskills Mountains,” so says When Comedy Went To School, a new film that traces the evolution of comedy as we know it. Narrated by Robert… Read More


A Jewish Pop-Up Museum in a Random Portuguese Town

By On July 16, 2013

For the past month, residents of Cabanas de Viriato, a small town in central Portugal have been greeted by a strange site outside a dilapidated old mansion: frosted glass pavilions with 30,000 embossed… Read More


Norway, Jews, and Political Murder

By On July 12, 2013

Derek B. Miller‘s debut novel, Norwegian by Night, is about aging snipers. Or, it’s about parenting and loss. Or, the lingering traces of the Korean and Vietnam Wars. It feels about as full as life… Read More


An Illustrated Kafka For Kids

By On June 27, 2013

Children’s books, with their large glossy pages and sparse text, often follow puppies on magical adventures, and always end happily. My First Kafka: Runaways, Rodents & Giant Bugs is no such book. The pages… Read More


The Last Jewish Waiter

By On June 26, 2013

David Manheim, a 38-year-old waiter at New York’s famous Katz’s Deli, hates his job. Really hates his job. And he’s always wanted his own talk show. So on April 20th, he merged his only love with… Read More


The Birth of the Crock-Pot

By On June 25, 2013

While you may be familiar with the gloppy yet delicious Shabbat afternoon stew that is cholent, you may not know about the word’s French etymology, nor the fact that we have a  Jewish inventor… Read More


Shivah: The Video Game

By On May 23, 2013

If we had a shekel for every time we’ve paid a shivah call and wanted to make a game of it…we’d be broke. But that hasn’t been Dave Gilbert’s experience. Gilbert’s brainchild, “The Shivah,” is a murder mystery game… Read More


Drugs and Strippers Under God

By On May 2, 2013

Polish Bar, a recent movie starring Judd Hirsch, Meat Loaf, and Richard Belzer (the Law and Order guy) is packed with the drama of what the filmmakers call Chicago’s “ludicrous underbelly”: money, drugs, sex, religion,… Read More


A Bus Accident in Israel, and Afterward

By On April 30, 2013

“After living with a disability for 22-plus years and trying in vain to write about it for almost as many, I’ve finally gotten my thoughts down on paper.” So Joshua Prager introduces… Read More


The Maccabeats Jam With Obama

By On March 7, 2013

In 2010 the Maccabeats became famous for their Hanukkah song “Candlelight,” which was a cover of Mike Tompkins’ “Dynamite,” which was itself a cover of Taio Cruz’s“Dynamite.” After their delightful music video became a YouTube sensation, the Yeshiva University… Read More