Josh Richman


High School Unmusical: A Comic Book Artist Draws Adolescence in All Its Awkward Splendor

By Josh Richman

High School Unmusical: A Comic Book Artist Draws Adolescence in All Its Awkward Splendor
Ariel Schrag, 28, is almost done with high school. Actually, she graduated from Berkeley High School in California a decade ago, and since then she has earned an English literature degree from Columbia University, authored or edited several books, and spent two years as a staff writer and story editor on Showtime’s hit series “The L Word.” One of her books is being made into a movie, and she’s accomplished enough — her art having appeared in regional and national publications as well as in museums and galleries across the United States, Canada and Europe — to be teaching master classes.Read More


Jewish Insider Tapped To Be Golden State’s Most Powerful Democrat

By Josh Richman

Long before Darrell Steinberg was tapped to become California’s most powerful Democrat, the labor lawyer-turned-legislator developed his political acumen in the Jewish communal world.Read More


Beatle Mania

By Josh Richman

Beatle Mania
Folk singer Gerry Tenney breaks into song midway through an interview: “Ze ikh a royte tir ikh vill es farbn schvartz….”Read More


Final Frontier Calls to Nimoy

By Josh Richman

Final Frontier Calls to Nimoy
The new “Star Trek” film’s trailer shows a vast shipyard where the U.S.S. Enterprise is under construction, as a voice intones that famous phrase, “Space, the final frontier….”Read More


House Leaders Vow Tough Stance on Iran

By Josh Richman

House Leaders Vow Tough Stance on Iran
In the wake of Rep. Tom Lantos’s announcement last week that he will retire from Congress later this year, both potential successors to his chairmanship of the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee are promising no significant shift in policy toward Israel and Iran.Read More






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