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Recycling Norman Mailer

By Danielle Berrin

January 16, 2014 | 5:57 pm

Norman Mailer / Reuters

Thursday is my recycle day, which means I reluctantly toss whole floors from the mounting tower of periodicals that occupy every available surface in my home.

Today I came across a... read on

  • Who Runs the Globes (Girls)

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 13, 2014 | 12:48 pm

    Even though Beyonce wasn’t there, her hit song, “Run the World (Girls)” could have been the theme of Golden Globes night.

    Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler made sure of that, packing their opening monologue with quips and quibbles from a pointedly female point of view. They ribbed... read on

  • Top (Jewish) moments from the Golden Globes 2014

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 12, 2014 | 10:28 pm

    10. In the opening monologue with co-host Tina Fey, Amy Poehler quipped of the Cecil B. Demille award, “I assume the award is for the tiniest man with the biggest glasses,” -- a veiled barb directed at the evening’s honoree, Woody Allen, who was presented with the Demille award... read on

  • Memo to the Zionist Organization of America: Hire Olivia Pope

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 9, 2014 | 11:44 am

    It's too bad ABC's "Scandal" is on hiatus right now, because the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) could learn a thing or two from PR fixer Olivia Pope.

    This morning, the hawkish right-wing group known for its besieged mentality and reactionary portrayal of Israel as... read on

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  • Screenwriter Robert J. Avrech Q&A: ‘The door to Sharia in America is opened’

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 8, 2014 | 2:44 pm

    Screenwriter and producer Robert J. Avrech believes in making message films that articulate morals and values. In 2000, he won an Emmy for penning the Holocaust drama “The Devil’s Arithmetic,” about a petulant teenager who resists her Judaism until offered a portal into the Jewish... read on

  • ‘12 Years a Slave’ director Steve McQueen on the parallel lives of Anne Frank and Solomon Northup

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 6, 2014 | 1:11 pm

    “12 Years a Slave” based on the biography of Solomon Northup and directed by the British-born filmmaker Steve McQueen is the “Schindler’s List” of American slavery films. It portrays the horrors of America’s slave past in wrenching, pristine detail and has inspired a more robust... read on

  • What makes Rabbi Rick Jacobs tick?

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 3, 2014 | 11:02 pm

    In December, 5,000 Jews from around the country gathered in San Diego for the Union for Reform Judaism’s (URJ) Biennial conference. Overseeing it all was longtime pulpit rabbi-turned-URJ president, Rabbi Rick Jacobs. In these excerpts from an interview with the Journal, he talks... read on

  • Kaddish in Mexico

    By Danielle Berrin

    December 12, 2013 | 1:01 pm

    Light and wind poured in through the cracks in the plastic casing the first time we said it. 

    We were in Oaxaca, on the rooftop of a charming but spare hacienda, shielded from the elements by a tent of opaque plastic walls, and the mood was a little bit somber. 

    Three stories... read on

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