Greenhills School

March 17th, 2015

I had a great morning at The Greenhills School in Ann Arbor talking about how to put down the screens and let yourself dream, and then tell stories. I was amazed at the kinds of subjects these young writers, grades 6-11, chose for their writing contest entries: A play set during WWI, an essay about the corrosive effects of the Disney Princess image on girls’ self esteem, a piece of theater criticism on the casting of a production of Into the Wood. And those are just a few. Wow.

S is for Sentence

November 13th, 2013

This week I’m close reading the very brilliant Deborah Eisenberg on S is for Sentence:

http://sforsentence.com/nov-9/

My TEDx Talk is now Available

May 13th, 2013

My TEDx talk from April 5 is now available.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-lMzPDlvWs

She distills whiskey and reads novels…

May 6th, 2013

Those in the Pittsburgh area should stop by Wigle Whiskey, which sounds like a whiskey drinker’s paradise. Meanwhile, I love what Meredith Grelli said about Rich Boy in this interview:

http://eastendbookexchange.blogspot.com/2012/05/books-in-burgh-wigle-whiskey.html

My Newest in The Forward

May 6th, 2013

Embarrassing when a novelist writes about television, but we ARE living through a great time for television narrative. Here is my latest, on Girls and The Good Wife:

http://forward.com/articles/175785/what-girls-could-learn-from-the-good-wifes-wife/

How I spent my winter vacation, or part of it.

January 7th, 2013

I was at my mother’s in Philly for the first part of this winter break. She doesn’t have internet or WIFI and it was a holiday week, so it was some challenge getting in this assignment for the Forward. In the end, here it is, titled, “Requiem for the American Jewish Novel?” out this week in their double edition. I love working with the Forward Staff. They are such smart, interesting people. My editor on this was Gal Beckerman who wrote the terrific book, “When they Come For Us, We’ll be Gone,” about the Soviet Jewry movement. It’s won a wide variety of awards. Anyway, here’s my piece on Philip Roth’s retirement: http://forward.com/articles/168470/requiem-for-the-american-jewish-novel/

Rich Boy Still Alive and Well on CBS News Blog

December 13th, 2012

Larry Swedroe’s list of best books of the year:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505123_162-57558560/my-year-end-book-list/

Honored to be Speaking on December 5

November 19th, 2012

Honored to be speaking at this year’s Harold U. Ribalow Prize for Jewish Fiction on December 5. This year’s honoree is the brilliant short story writer Edith Pearlman for her collection Binocular Vision.

Repeat Post

October 27th, 2012

One of my favorite reviews on Rich Boy, a repeat performance. Thank you, Jane Eisner. http://forward.com/articles/130658/wealth-and-self-loathing/

Wishing you a happy Jewish new year, and a beautiful fall!

September 15th, 2012

Wishing all my Jewish readers a happy new year and all my readers a wonderful fall! Sorry I’ve been so out of touch. The summer got away from me; I spent much of it with my wonderful ¬†friend, Meir Ribalow, teacher, writer, director, and ¬†mentor to so many. I feel lucky to have had the time with him that I did, though of course I wish he could have stayed around longer. Generous, openhearted, talented, passionate and boundlessly energetic, he was truly one of a kind, and his loss is a profound one for so many people:

http://www.fordham.edu/Campus_Resources/enewsroom/topstories_2503.asp