04 · Issue 4

Urban Kvetch: Amanda Hesser

Amanda Hesser This prissy little New York Times food writer has somehow become my mother’s fantasy of the perfect Jewish daughter, and for this, she must be eliminated. In her columns about souffles and salads, Hesser cloyingly refers to her beau—a New Yorker writer, if you must know—as “Mr. Latte,” which has my mother cooing....

Urban Kvetc: Sanitized Toilet Rings

Sanitized Toilet Rings I don’t feel safe anymore! I feel vulnerable to attack! I yearn for a simpler time, a time when public toilet seats were sanitized for my protection. Growing up, my world was wrapped in a slim paper ribbon, lightly gummed on the end and ringed ’round every motel toilet seat in the...

Exodus

_(excerpted from original article)_ *_Enter an East Village cafe, a West Village jazz club, a Lower East side bar. Don’t be surprised to hear Hebrew in the air. Welcome to New York’s Israeli invasion._* !http://www.heebish.com/files/photos/66/large/704.jpg!=center RAFAEL AVRAMOVICH, 28, Furniture Designer and SALIT DAVIDSON, 22, Psychology Student, both from Tel Aviv: (RAFAEL) _I like the lifestyle...

Staging Change

_(excerpted from original article)_ Kushner’s combination of exacting political analysis and broad artistic vision first earned him wide acclaim in 1993 and 1994 with his play _Angels In America_. That massive, two-evening epic about AIDS, Reaganism, illness and betrayal led to a Pulitzer Prize, two Tony awards, an upcoming HBO adaptation—and a lifetime supply of...

All About the Benjamins

Some of the biggest names in hip hop are Jewish—just not the ones on stage. Matthew Cowan investigates.

Torah for Pyros

Say what you will about Perry Farrell—the drug use, the flakiness—but it’s hard to deny his place on many a high school soundtrack. Jane’s Addiction was the music to which we drove around town aimlessly with our friends, drank beer in the late summer and lost our virginity. It was all things young and wild...