Allison Yarrow


Nechemya Weberman and His Devoted Wife

By Allison Yarrow

Nechemya Weberman and His Devoted Wife
Nechemya Weberman was dubbed the ‘devil of Williamsburg’ for repeatedly sexually abusing a girl in his care. What about the devoted wife he left behind?Read More


Wanted: A Gospel Worth Following

By Allison Yarrow

Wanted: A Gospel Worth Following
For many, college is a first sip of freedom, but for the characters in Justin Taylor’s debut novel, college is an incarnation of the evil machine against which they were born to rebel. “The Gospel of Anarchy,” is set in the inland swamp of Gainesville, Fla., during the summer of 1999. Gainesville is home to one of the country’s largest state universities, and Taylor hones in on its triple threat of “student ghetto,” bourgeois “Republicats” and the parasitic businesses that suck parental money from fun-seeking kids. Offended by this and feeling set apart is David, a secular Jew and former student with a fetish for lugubrious internet porn and a compulsion to perform what must be some of the most glum novelistic masturbation to date.Read More


Mrs. Hugh Jackman Madoff?

By Allison Yarrow

Mrs. Hugh Jackman Madoff?
As the government talks about seizing her assets, did Ruth Madoff throw caution to the wind — and go on a shopping spree in New York City? The short answer is no, but the paparazzi mistook Hugh Jackman’s wife, the actress Deborra-Lee Furness, for 67-year-old Ruth Madoff on the streets of New York City yesterday. In a video posted on the gossip Web site TMZ, a paparazzo claims the mix-up had something to do with Furness’s sunglasses. Perhaps, it also had something to do with the glut of shopping bags the actress was toting.Read More



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