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The Kinkiest Jewish Cowboy in Texas

By On October 14, 2016

  Richard S. “Kinky” Friedman has many faces, and he’s proud of each one. There’s Kinky Friedman, fictional detective, not to be confused with Kinky Friedman, the author who penned a series of… Read More


The ______ [adj] Inventor of Mad Libs

By On December 22, 2014

Writer and producer Leonard Stern was __________ [adv] in need of an adjective, so he asked his friend Roger Price. Before he could tell Price what the subject was, Price threw out… Read More


The Jewish Mail Order Bride

By On August 2, 2012

These days, mail-order brides mostly reside in your spam folder, but in the 1800s, it was a booming industry in the American frontier, and an easy way for women to make it… Read More


Before and After the Holocaust

By On February 17, 2012

H.G. Adler (1910-1988), a writer from Prague, was a younger member of the artists’ circle that included Franz Kafka and Max Brod. In 1942, he was deported to Terezin, and later Auschwitz. Panorama, his epic first novel, was… Read More


Great Jewish Bloggers of the 1920s

By On February 9, 2012

Anzia Yezierska, the Jewish immigrant writer from Poland, is most famous for Bread Givers (1925), her tenement story of hard life on the Lower East Side. But she also harbored a lesser-known rich, snarky, and dark… Read More


Breadcrumbs of the Past

By On February 6, 2012

Until recently, Bram Presser was known as the lead singer of YidCore, a Jewish punk band that played loud, fast versions of songs such as “If I Was a Rich Man” and “Wind Beneath… Read More


The Talmud of Jazz

By On January 2, 2012

Jake Marmer is the self-described offspring of Woody Allen and Bob Marley–driven by the opposing twin forces of being uptight (Allen) and mellow (Marley). Marmer writes poems that are autobiographical and dreamlike, telling at once… Read More


The Things We Left Unsaid

By On November 11, 2011

Moshe Zvi Marvit is an absorbing writer, the kind of author whose descriptions linger in your brain long after you stop reading. His attention to detail is like something between Sherlock Holmes and… Read More


David Sedaris’ Perfect Apartment

By On September 5, 2011

Humorist David Sedaris has made a career out of relating the silliest parts of his life in essay form. In the 2004 story “Possession,” he and his boyfriend had the perfect Paris… Read More


Undercover Goyim

By On October 4, 2010

The Jewish novelist Sidney Luska, author of the 1885 book As It Was Written: A Jewish Musician’s Story isn’t your run-of-the-mill writer. For starters, he didn’t really exist. And he wasn’t Jewish, either. Luska… Read More