Book Review: Devotion: A Memoir by Dani Shapiro

When I was ten years old, I decided I would no longer eat pork. Partly brought on by the appreciation for the animal itself, I realized that I’d never much liked pork to begin with. Rather than say to people something like, “Well, I hate pork chops, but sometimes I end up eating sausage when my mom makes red beans and rice,” it was easier to eliminate it entirely.

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Has It Always Been The End?

“I’m breaking in, shaping up, then checking out on the prison bus/This is it, the apocalypse/Whoa.” -“Radioactive,” by Imagine Dragons, aka the official song of 2013.

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Make ‘Em Say Rosh!: Reflections on the Jewish New Year 5773

Last night marked the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the Jewish calendar year. It’s a celebration of a new year and new beginnings, to be sure, but Rosh Hashanah is also a commemoration of the anniversary of the creation of humanity, and a call to repentance – symbolized by repeated blasts on the shofar, a ram’s horn. Read More Make ‘Em Say Rosh!: Reflections on the Jewish New Year 5773

“Unorthodox” Offers Fascinating Glimpse into a Private World

I usually write about television, but I completely forgot to DVR the show I was going to review. Then, I couldn’t get the video of it to play online. So, I’ve come to the conclusion that the universe is trying to tell me to do something else, and that’s talk about a new book that I had to stop myself from reading all in one sitting.  Read More “Unorthodox” Offers Fascinating Glimpse into a Private World

Persephone Pioneers: Deborah Feldman

Deborah Feldman is presumably like most twenty-somethings living in New York, working hard at what they love, day by day, struggle after struggle. Only Feldman’s story and her struggles are a bit different from most of other twenty-year-olds. Read More Persephone Pioneers: Deborah Feldman