Archive for November, 2012

The Famous Lemon Juice

November 30, 2012

As a kind of lay guide to Hasidim, I’ve been asked many a time about the Weberman sexual abuse case that is currently being tried in court.  Only a few people, however, have asked me about the trial itself.  The bigger question seems to be, “Is ‘Lemon Juice’ a traditional Hebrew name?”

Arrested yesterday in court for taking a picture of the accuser.

Arrested yesterday in court for taking a picture of the accuser.

To which I must respond: “No.  No it is not.”

Good shabbos, everyone!

It’s Finally HERE!

November 28, 2012

Matt and Ben, by Mindy Kaling and Brenda Withers, has come off press!  A sampling:

MattInterior.  Ben’s apartment.  A lazy Saturday in Somerville, Massachusetts.  Stage right we see a desk, a computer, all untouched.  Center stage we got a second hand couch.  Pan left we see various junk food… and Ben.  Lights up on Ben.  Alone… at the desk.

(Matt exits.)

(Ben is waiting.  He faces the keyboard.  He types one letter.  Deletes letter.  Waits some more.  He straightens a pile of paper.  Waits some more.  Etc. etc. etc.  We understand Ben is fidgety and anxious, anticipating Matt’s arrival.  Matt enters with a pizza.  He is out of Ben’s line of vision, but Ben senses he is there and begins typing voraciously.)

Matt: Hey Ben.

Ben: Hey, Matt.  Long time no see.  Long time… no see.

Matt: The craziest thing –– I’m walking out of Papa Gino’s, and I run into Naomi…

Ben: You’re like two hours late man.

Matt: No.

Ben: It’s twelve thirty.

Matt: Wow.  Well, I was just, uh, picking up the pizza –– here, I got extra cheese –– anyway, so I ran into Naomi ––

Ben: Who is Naomi?

Matt: Naomi from 10th grade, from Ms. Parson’s history class.  Lesbian.  Do you know how I know this?  She sees me in line.  She comes up to me and says “Hi Matt, how are you, how’s the acting doing?”  And I said, “Oh, can’t complain, Naomi, how are things with you?”  And she goes, “Great.  I work at the Radio Shack, in Burlington?  And I’m a lesbian.”  Just like that.  I know!  I know!  So I was like, “Oh Radio Shack?  That’s cool.”  And I left.


November 27, 2012

Seeking Young Brooklyn Literati For TV Show (Park Slope)

Date: 2012-11-27, 2:53PM EST

Notable Hollywood reality TV producer seeking young, hip (or just plain different) writers of all ilks: bloggers, journalists, novelists, playwrights, essayists, etc. for a new television show that will chronicle the lives of aspiring and published writers living and immersed in the Brooklyn literary scene.

Please send us a 3-5 minute long video of YOU …. recorded on your I-phone, computer camera, etc. (or private youtube link) . We want a real glimpse into your lifestyle as a writer thriving or even just “trying to get by” in the culture of the Brooklyn literary scene. Take us to one of your spots, introduce us some of your writer friends, bring us to a literary get together, include us in a meeting with your agent, argument with your spouse, or just plan old witty rant! The more you reveal of your authentic self and literary lifestyle, the better … Get creative! Tell us about your: mood swings, daily grind, professional experiences, “extracurricular” outlets, personal relationships, rivalries, and, in particular, how you get your inspiration for whatever it is that you write.

The real YOU is desired here.

Videos will only be used for internal casting purposes and will remain strictly private. Do not forget to include all of your relevant contact information, as well as short writing sample in the body of the email. All Genres welcome. You will be contacted for further consideration.

Location: Park Slope

it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

Compensation: no pay



NO PAY!?!?  Writers need to get paid, asshole.  You expect us just to be moody and witty and ranting for FREE, do you?

Wee Poem

November 27, 2012

Happy Tuesday!


The Lunar Waif


The moon hasn’t eaten enough today

She’s a sliver in the sky

She reaches her wan wrist towards the poets and says

“Not tonight, boys.”

Little Lucey’s Grave

November 26, 2012

From Sandy-ravaged Greenwood, which is where I will be buried if Pere Lachaise doesn’t take me.

A Tweet

November 26, 2012

Writing an article about Jewish punk rockers — reached out to band Moshiach Oi! — something amazing about seeing “Moshiach” in your inbox.

Who will email me next? Buddha?

Now This Is the Kind of Stand I Could Take

November 25, 2012

From Delano by John Gregory Dunne

Plans on Friday Night?

November 24, 2012

Text from LB, Friday at 8:10 PM: I’m at a suicide prevention fundraiser.  I can’t even write out my thoughts.

ID: Why?

ID: Meaning, why are you there?  (The inability to write being immediately understandable.)

LB: My cousin’s friend’s family has started a foundation for their daughter that committed suicide.

ID: Oh.  Is it… fun?

LB: No.

LB: The food is good though.

ID: Hahaha!

LB: Actually really good.

What Is Anarchism? (As explained by Occupy Sandy)

November 23, 2012

“Put simply, anarchism is a political philosophy that aims to create a world in which people can freely cooperate together as equals.  Anarchists struggle against all forms of hierarchical control, and champion freedom and egalitarianism.

“Anarchists believe that people can organize themselves fairly without systems of violence or power telling folks what they can and can’t do.  They tend to think exploitative and oppressive systems like capitalism, government, racism, and hetero-patriarchy are both harmful and unnecessary, and that we should dismantle these structures and build a world of self-determined individuals and communities in their place.  For over three centuries, this vision has inspired anarchist social movements on every continent in the globe (except maybe Antartica.)

“You may have heard anarchists put down as violent maniacs who want to destroy society and create meaningless chaos.  Don’t believe the type.  These accusations are often slung by the very people who are busy wreaking violent havoc on our communities for power and profit: bankers, bosses, politicians, cops and the media that always have their backs.  To people like these, anarchists are threatening because they take action against the fear and brutality that maintains the halls of power.

“The word anarchy itself comes from Greek, where the prefix an means ‘not’ or ‘without,’ and the word archos means ‘a ruler’ or ‘authority.’  So anarchy literally means ‘without a ruler’ or ‘without authority.;  Anarchism first emerged as an ‘ism’ in 17th century Europe, when revolutionaries of the time started using the word to describe their outlook on society and social change.

“Anarchism spread across the globe in the years that followed, and has since been applied in many different contexts.  Anarchism’s rapid spread makes sense when you consider the struggles for equality, horizontal decision-making and bottom-up popular power are common to most societies across the planet.

“In that case, people can raise the concerns with the proposal in different ways.  Participants can block the proposal, meaning they feel so strongly against it that they will prevent the decision from moving ahead.  If even one person blocks, the proposal is prevented from going through, and discussion resumes until a new proposal emerges or the old one is modified.  Alternately, participants can stand aside, meaning that they have qualms with the decision but won’t prevent it from being made.  They can state their concerns to the group, which makes note of it for the future, and the decision moves ahead.

“Using a decision-making process with more options than simply ‘for’ or ‘against’ allows everyone to participate in the creation of proposals, and takes seriously everyone’s concerns with a particular course of action.  Blocks make sure that group decisions don’t override the needs of individuals within the group, and stand asides allow the group to judge how strong the consensus behind a particular decision really is.

“Consensus processes can be fairly formal in large groups, or can happen organically in small groups with little added effort.  Some large consensus processes may require two or even three blocks to prevent a decision from being made (‘consensus minus two’), while others may only require a proportion of the room to agree to a proposal for it to continue (‘2/3 consensus’).  Still others may prevent a decision from going through if the proportion of stand asides is too high.

“The possibilities are endless, and can be customized to the needs of your group!”


Well, when you put it that way…

Six Studies of a Pillow, by Albrecht Durer

November 21, 2012

The search for a print of this continues…