Additional Popular Writing


Film and Television

"Mmmm…brains: Night of the Living Jews is not just another Hasidic zombie movie,"  Nextbook, October 10, 2007

"Creature Presentation: The Golem migrates from Prague to Springfield," Nextbook, November 3, 2006

"Suburban Cowboy: What happens when a Wyatt Earp wannabe goes astray in the Valley," Nextbook, June 13, 2006

"Character Flaw: Fagin’s dearest companions have been villains and thieves. This time Roman Polanski makes him a victim." Nextbook, September 23, 2005

"Riding Shotgun: Why does Deadwood‘s sheriff wear a star with six points?" Nextbook, May 18, 2005

"Suburban Picareseque: Zach Braff traces a jagged line from New Jersey to Harold and Maude," Nextbook, September 2, 2004

"Survivor Challenge: Ten years after Jerry Seinfeld got caught necking during Schindler’s List, reverence for the Holocaust still makes Larry David squirm," Nextbook, March, 26, 2004. (Reprinted in the New Jersey Jewish News)



"What Would Jesus Say?," The Jewish Week, May 4, 2007

"Bookends: Bar Mitzvahs": Reviews of Thirteen and a Day and Bar Mitzvah Disco, Newsday, November 5, 2005

"Winter Camp: Five days, 2,000 participants, and countless pints of Guinness in the English countryside: An American reports from Limmud," Nextbook, January 4, 2005




"Crossover Stars: The flamboyant pioneers of New York’s Yiddish theater crossed continents, genders, and coasts," Nextbook, April 20, 2007

"Off-Broadway Transference: Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and the woman who brought them together, Nextbook, February 23, 2005

"Slights Unseen: A dozen years ago, critics saw Donald Margulies bring a Philip Roth character to the stage. Some scenes have aged better than others," Nextbook, June 17, 2004


"Cultural Evolution: What exactly is 'post-Jewish' art?," Nextbook, July 2, 2008

Profile of photographer Tommy Mintz, 6@30 exhibition catalogue, March 2007

"American Mystic: Hyman Bloom rose to fame, and fell into obscurity, with his eerie paintings of rabbis, ghosts, and demons," Nextbook, February 28, 2007

"Open Panel: Will Corwin’s assimilating art, Nextbook, February 7, 2006


Home and Food

"Jew and the Carrot" Guest Post, The Jewish Daily Forward, March 14, 2012

"Bookends: Competitive Eating": Reviews of Horsemen of the Esophagus and Eat This Book, Newsday, May 7, 2006

"The F Word: Today’s special: Diet-guru crash course—with a side of celeb-chef comfort food," The Village Voice, January 27, 2004




"The Middle-American Way of Death: A lesson Mitch Albom never learned from Morrie," Nextbook, October 17, 2006

(Reprinted in the Los Angeles Jewish Journal)

"Identity Politics: In David Levithan’s latest young adult novel, president-elect Abraham Stein—and his husband—encounter trouble on the way to the White House," Nextbook, September 13, 2006

"Foreign Affairs: Aaron Hamburger’s Americans abroad are not so innocent," Nextbook, October 10, 2005

"Summer Reading: Hear recommendations from Tony Kushner, Myla Goldberg, Gary Shteyngart, and others," Nextbook, May 4, 2005




"Taking Dylan at His Word, Leaving the Rest," preview of John Corigliano's Mr. Tambourine Man, New York Sun, January 24, 2007

"A Different March: Sufjan Stevens makes a record his own way, Nextbook, July 12, 2006

"Kafka Curve: Think Gregor Samsa had it rough? He never had to wait in line at Carnegie Hall," Nextbook, January 13, 2005




"Man of the Cloth: American Apparel’s new spin on the 'shmata business,'” Nextbook, July 18, 2005