Yid Lit: Hannah Seligson

By Allison Gaudet Yarrow

What do you call couples who live together, co-own pets and property, and celebrate the Sabbath with each other’s families, all without ever uttering “I do”? Journalist Hannah Seligson calls them “a little bit married” (ALBM), a term she coined after her own painful breakup and after watching her friends — urban, college-educated 20- and 30-somethings — build long-term monogamous relationships unbound by state law. The Forward’s Allison Gaudet Yarrow caught up with Seligson, whose new guide, “A Little Bit Married: How to Know When It’s Time To Walk Down the Aisle or Out the Door,” published in December by De Capo Lifelong Books, dissects this burgeoning trend.Read More

Writing Israel: A Love Letter, A Tragedy

Rich Cohen often writes books about eccentric Jews: Brooklyn mobsters, World War II resistance fighters, and even his own family (he is the disinherited grandson of the inventor of Sweet ‘n’ Low). His latest book, “Israel Is Real” (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux) is what Cohen calls a love letter to the Jewish state. But the Forward’s senior columnist J.J. Goldberg insists that Cohen has written a tragedy. They spoke recently in the Forward’s studio about Israel of past, present and future, its false messiahs and how the Jewish state is like the Third Temple.Read More

Yid Lit: Abby Sher

When Abby Sher lost her family before her bat mitzvah, she became obsessed with preventing others’ deaths. Her new memoir “Amen, Amen, Amen” chronicles her journey, which she recounts in this podcast.Read More

In Remote Communities, Familiar Traditions

Writer Charles London recently spent a year, traveling to far-flung Jewish communities abroad — from Rangoon, Burma to Esfahan, Iran — as well as to two vibrant communities in the American South and, ultimately, to Israel. He recounts the journey in his new book, “Far From Zion: In Search of a Global Jewish Community” (William Morrow). He recently visited the Forward’s studio to discuss the lost Virginia shtetl that was the impetus for his journey, what the Jewish communities of New Orleans, La. and Uganda have in common, and where, in his travels, he felt most and least comfortable as a gay, Jewish American.Read More

Thelonius Monk's Muse

“The Jazz Baroness” is a made-for-television documentary that traces the background and mutual influence of the inventor of Bebop, Thelonius Monk, and his great supporter, muse and mentor — Baroness Pannonica de Koenigswarter, also known as Nica Rothschild. Abandoning her husband, children and famous banking family in the late 1940s, she came to New York to become an aristocrat of a different kind: jazz nobility. The film makes its American debut November 25 on HBO2 and its director, Hannah Rothschild — Nica’s great-niece — recently sat down with the Forward’s art and culture editor to discuss cool cats, Rothschild secrets and what she’d learned from researching the woman Clint Eastwood said fully embraced the “rebellion” of Jazz and Bebop.Read More

The 'Schmatta' Business — on HBO

“Schmatta: Rags To Riches To Rags,” a documentary about the rise and decline of New York’s garment district — and the efforts to preserve what remains of a sector that played a vital role in the American Jewish experience during the past century — premieres October 19 on HBO. Its director, Marc Levin, recently sat down with the Forward’s senior writer Nathaniel Popper to discuss the Jewish workers, employers and gangsters who shaped the fashion industry; how the garment district influenced designers like Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Donna Karan, and what the Torah has to say about what we wear.Read More

Yid Lit: Darin Strauss

By Allison Gaudet Yarrow

In his new novel, “More Than It Hurts You,” Darin Strauss asks how well can you know the person you wake up next to?Read More

Raised by an Impostor

Laurie Sandell, grew up listening to her father tell dazzling tales about his wartime heroism and his friendship with Henry Kissinger— only to find out, as an adult, that those stories were pure fiction. She recently sat down with the Forward’s arts and culture editor, Dan Friedman, to discuss that shocking discovery, which she details in her new graphic memoir, “The Imposter’s Daughter” (Little, Brown).Read More

My Father, Myself

In this podcast, Forward contributor Michael Kaminer speaks with former “Seinfeld” writer Carol Leifer about her new memoir, “When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win,” her relationship with her late father, working with Larry David, and what a body builder and a challah have in common.Read More

Podcast: From 'Jew Boy' To 'Self-Hater'; Ramah Reunion To Remember; Saving Sudan

Forward Editor Jane Eisner discusses some highlights from the August 14 issue with Web Editor Gabrielle Birkner.Read More

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