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Jewish Journal

J. Keith van Straaten

  • My Brilliant Masterpiece

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    All the Casanovas open with some killer line.

    I stick my foot into my mouth every single time.

    If I were a great artist, I would use my expertise,

    Turn this foolish scene into my brilliant masterpiece. -- Don Conoscenti

    That's the chorus of a song by a singer-songwriter I stumbled...

  • Happy Birthday, Me!

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In a few weeks I'll turn 33 and, sadly, I realize I'm long past being anything "for my age." I'm no longer cute for my age, talented for my age, a good reader for my age. All qualifications and special considerations have long passed. There's nothing I can get away with now because,...

  • Bebe and Me

    July 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    A lot of people my age feel pressure from their families to get married, but I think my not being married is the only thing keeping my grandmother alive. Bebe often tells me she just wants to live long enough to see my wedding. I'll say "I do" and then she'll immediately keel over....

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