Is there a better feeling than being on the homepage over at Food52? In these pandemic days, I think not. I wrote about missing my mother’s cooking — specifically her spinach — and my mother. And father. And sister, aunt and second mother. You can read all about it by clicking here.
Don’t we all need more dance (and more TV!) in our lives? In December, you’ll be able to binge Tiny Pretty Things on Netflix. I wrote about this super juicy drama for Dance Spirit.
And I loved talking to and writing about Ryan Heffington for Dance Teacher, whose dance classes on Instagram have been keeping millions of people sane. Read about him here!
It would not be an exaggeration to say that Food52, that catch all for recipes, products, cooking hacks and wonderful food-related essays, has helped get me through the pandemic (really). So I am beyond thrilled to have an essay and recipe (!!) up on the site today.
This one is about the homemade cookbook my sister made me when I graduated from college, the book that helped make me a mother. Somehow *everyone* ended up in this one — my sister, parents, aunts, uncles, friends in Vienna and Brooklyn, which feels especially sweet. I miss them all so, so much.
Well, hello! It’s been a while. I’ve been writing a lot lately, about all aspects of these terrible times. A sampling! Pour toi!
I wrote about forming a pod, which has, no joke, saved my life.
About my strange and complicated loneliness.
About how the pandemic has stolen my marriage.
About missing my parents.
About the pandemic making me yearn for another baby.
About how to not kill your spouse.
And of course you can always find more on my Tiny Letter, People + Bodies.
I’m offering two new classes this summer, both over Zoom: One is an open level writing class to get your juices going. The other is an intensive essay-writing class. We will workshop! And rewrite! And critique! And laugh and cry. Both will be fabulous.
You don’t need to be in L.A. to take them. Find out more info here. Can’t wait to work with you.
Hello! In these weirdo times, The Forward has relaunched A Bintel Brief, which was its original advice column from 100 years ago. Now, Abby Sher and I are dishing out advice about, well, everything: love, family, living in a Christian world, Judaism, anti-semitism — and, of course, Covid-19 (ugh). This is us, drawn by the amazing Liana Fink (I’m on the right, obvs):
Send us your Jewey questions! We will answer them! Email email@example.com.
I wrote about Debbie Allen for Dance Magazine and it was a Life Moment. She’s such a glorious, brilliant inspiration and it was an honor to write about someone who’s contributed so much to the world. You can read the story here. xox
Hello, hello! I wrote about the biggest taboo of all — when your book doesn’t sell. Check it out on Electric Literature.