Jewish Journal

Francesca L.

by Seth Menachem

January 9, 2013 | 12:04 pm

Photo by David Miller

Francesca, a British woman I’m pegging to be in her late 30s, shows up wearing gloves. She seems flustered. She’s holding a notepad full of notes and a Broadway-style hat. She tells me she... read full article

  • Bryan Michael S.

    by Seth Menachem

    January 2, 2013 | 12:45 pm

    Bryan’s a nice guy. And he makes nice films. A spoof he made of Michael Jackson was so well liked that Jackson called Bryan to ask for a copy, sparking a friendship that lasted 20 years.

    Bryan, 52, hails from eastern Canada, but moved to Los Angeles to attend the American Film...

  • My Single Peeps: Tami M.

    by Seth Menachem

    December 19, 2012 | 4:10 pm

    Tami’s running late to meet me at Starbucks, so I call her to ask what kind of coffee she’d like. “House coffee. Hot.” That’s it. I order my usual froofy drink — any kind of sweetened Frappuccino, usually involving chocolate, caramel or a combination of both. That Tami’s a lesbian...

  • Lou Y.

    by Seth Menachem

    December 12, 2012 | 2:11 pm

    I met Lou’s dog before I met Lou.  I was eating in the park with my family when his dog ran over excitedly, stepped into my daughter’s lunch and then took off again when he saw his owner running toward him. Lou apologized, took a look at me and asked, “Do you write the My Single...

  • Denise M.

    by Seth Menachem

    December 6, 2012 | 11:48 am

    Denise, 46, shows up at our interview dressed to the nines. The woman is put together — from her perfectly coiffed hair down to her Christian Louboutin shoes. A few years back, I was running around Manhattan with a friend and we met a group of tipsy girls on the street. My friend...

  • Kristina L.

    by Seth Menachem

    November 28, 2012 | 3:26 pm

    Most Jewish parents don’t name their child Kristina, but Ukraine — when it was still the former Soviet Union — was very secular. “So my parents just gave me what was the cool, European name of the moment, not wanting to give me some very traditional and typical Russian name like...

  • My Single Peeps: Marcos E.

    by Seth Menachem

    November 20, 2012 | 1:35 pm

    I met Marcos through my friend Michael. Marcos, who is often standing by Michael’s side, is 6 feet tall with the stance and demeanor of an Israeli bodyguard. He’s not Israeli. He’s 37, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and raised in Houston. And he’s not a bodyguard. He’s a...

  • My Single Peeps: Shmush S.

    by Seth Menachem

    November 15, 2012 | 3:11 pm

    How do you grow up one of 12 kids in a house full of people, with a congregational rabbi father who hosts strangers for weekly Shabbat meals at home, and still feel ill-equipped talking to women? You grow up in an ultra-Orthodox house, attend a yeshiva — where you’re taught that...

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