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The Schmooze

Out and About

  • In Brooklyn, Crown Heights is the new Williamsburg.

  • Steven Spielberg may direct a Moses biopic called “Gods and Kings.”

  • The Village Voice’s Jen Doll publishes her lost interview with “Goosebumps” author R.L. Stine.

  • George Robinson profiles cellist Maya Baiser and her love of tango for the Jewish Week. Read my profile of Beiser from 2010 here.

  • Listen to Leonard Cohen’s new album, “Old Ideas,” in its entirety.

  • Medieval Jewish scrolls from Afghanistan are causing a furor among the scholarly.

  • Bridget Kevane profiles Vanessa Hidary, aka the “Hebrew Mamita,” for Tablet. Read Hidary’s Q&A with The Arty Semite here.

  • Jason Diamond profiles Nathan Englander for Capital New York.

  • Howard Jacobson on Holocaust remembrance: “Little by little, week by week, in country after country, the rights of Jews to remember their recent past with outrage are being whittled away.”

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