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  • The secret of Warren Bennis’s success

    By Marty Kaplan

    August 6, 2014 | 12:23 pm

    Though the size of Warren Bennis’s obituary in the New York Times was epic – all six columns across, filling most of the space above the fold on the back page of the A section – its text made no mention of something about him I always thought inextricable from who he was and the...

  • If Norman Lear at 92 is what 92 is, I’ll have what he’s having

    By Marty Kaplan

    July 23, 2014 | 2:50 pm

    It is not widely known that Norman Lear and I have the same mother.

    Norman once called his mother in Bridgeport, Conn., and said, “Mother, I just got this call. The Television Academy is forming a Hall of Fame. And the first inductees are going to be General Sarnoff and Edward R....

  • Letters to the editor: Garcetti’s gaffe, Sar-El, revenge and more

    July 9, 2014 | 9:21 am

    Existential Offensive

    Excellent piece, David Suissa (“Revenge is Not Enough,” July 4). Shame and humiliation are indeed useful weapons in that region, and it must be part of the political arsenal, same as the appropriate military options. God and faith must be part of the...

  • How to organize your books

    By Marty Kaplan

    June 30, 2014 | 1:34 pm

    It’s a sin to throw away a book.

    I don’t mean e-books.  If they’re cluttering your e-reader, all you have to do is delete them, and you don’t even have to do that, since you can pretty much fit the Library of Congress on a thumb drive.

    But physical books – the creepy retronym...

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  • Letters to the editor: Mount Athos ethics, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and Michelle K. Wolf

    June 25, 2014 | 10:21 am

    Trojan Horse Tourism

    My late mother-in-law, Betty Lipsman, stood before Dr. Josef Mengele at Auschwitz and when asked if she was Jewish, and, with life and death on the line, replied, “Yes.” Marty Kaplan stood before a number of Greek Orthodox priests and monks and when asked if...

  • Five doubting dudes and the holy relics of Mount Mortality

    By Marty Kaplan

    June 16, 2014 | 1:14 pm

    “Protestant,” I lied, not for the first time, when the Holy Mount Athos Pilgrims Bureau officer asked me my religion.

    In January, when my friend Sandy, who was born Greek Orthodox, applied to the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs to allow five of us to set foot on the Mount Athos...

  • What if we really knew what media does to us

    By Marty Kaplan

    May 5, 2014 | 10:31 am

    What if we knew that the fictional rapes in HBO’s mega-hit “Game of Thrones” caused real rapes in the real world?  What if we knew that the portrayals of gay characters in “Modern Family” caused actual states to legalize same-sex marriage?

    The catch, of course, is causation. ...

  • Letters to the editor: Election tactics, survivors and interfaith discussions

    April 30, 2014 | 9:41 am

    More Than Just Surviving

    Looking at those amazing faces on the cover and learning their stories, it struck me, perhaps for the first time, that the term “Holocaust Survivor” may be insufficient (“My 50 Best Friends Are Holocaust Survivors,” April 25). 

    Those brave people faced...

  • One God, one vote

    By Marty Kaplan

    April 21, 2014 | 10:06 am

    I wonder if Tavis Smiley got the same Happy Passover mailer from Amy Howorth that I did.

    Mr. Smiley and I are neighbors in California’s 26th State Senate District, which includes coastal Los Angeles County, Beverly Hills and Hollywood.  Amy Howorth, the mayor of Manhattan Beach,...

  • Letters to the editor: Israel, Palestine, peace, John Kerry and global warming

    March 5, 2014 | 10:08 am

    The Dark Before the Dawn

    Rob Eshman’s piece in this week’s Journal brought to mind a couple of analogies (“The Bright Side,” Feb. 28). The first that occurred to me is all the things I could accomplish if only I had the winning ticket in one of those humongous lotteries. The...

  • No news is bad news

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 28, 2013 | 11:54 am

    If you think the widening chasm between the rich and the rest spells trouble for American democracy, have a look at the growing gulf between the information-rich and -poor.

    Earlier this year, a Harvard economist’s jaw-dropping study of American’s beliefs about the distribution of...

  • Jewish Journal receives top honors at SoCal Journalism Awards

    June 24, 2013 | 12:27 pm

    The Jewish Journal won top honors in three categories at the Los Angeles Press Club’s 55th Southern California Journalism Awards ceremony, which took place June 23 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

    Jewish Journal columnist Marty Kaplan, who pens a...

  • Letters to the Editor: NSA, Western Wall, Millepied and super grads

    June 21, 2013 | 2:57 pm

    If You Have Nothing to Hide …

    Whilst [Marty Kaplan] may be right vis a vis freedom versus security, my main concern is who is minding the minders; absolute power corrupts absolutely (“Dear NSA [NSFW],” June 14). The president may have lofty ideals and good intentions, he is a...

  • GOP smart on copyright for 24 hours

    By Marty Kaplan

    November 19, 2012 | 8:26 am

    They threw Derek Khanna under the bus.

    On Friday afternoon, the Republican Study Committee – the House caucus that promulgates right-wing orthodoxy – posted on its website a startling policy brief about copyright law.

    Written by RSC staffer Derek Khanna, a 24-year-old...

  • My Chris Christie hypocrisy

    By Marty Kaplan

    November 5, 2012 | 11:00 am

    I was against Chris Christie before I was for him.

    If Obama wins, when all the exit polling gets sorted through, it’s those images of the Democratic president touring the hurricane damage arm-in-arm with the Republican governor that may turn out to have given him his advantage. ...

  • What do (suburban) women want?

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 18, 2012 | 12:32 pm

    If you watched any of the debates on CNN, you saw two worms at the bottom of your screen. Well, they looked to me like worms, or maybe caterpillars, scrunching and stretching throughout the 90 minutes. Actually they were real-time graphs — with one color for men, another for women...

  • The end is nigh. Seriously.

    By Marty Kaplan

    June 18, 2012 | 11:54 am

    In countless cartoons, there’s a guy in a robe and long beard who’s walking around carrying a sign saying The End Is Nigh. The joke is that he’s ridiculous – some loony who takes the Book of Revelation literally.  But what if the joke’s on us?

    The June 6 issue of the...

  • Don't know much about history

    By Marty Kaplan

    May 7, 2012 | 11:53 am

    The reason that our financial system isn’t going to crash and burn again, the reason that taxpayers won’t have to fork over another trillion dollars of no-strings-attached bailout money, is – well, I forget.

    I haven’t forgotten the reason, because there isn’t any.  What...

  • You don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got that swing

    By Marty Kaplan

    April 9, 2012 | 10:37 am

    If you’re reading this, your vote for president won’t count.

    Don’t get me wrong.  Everyone should vote; I think it should be compulsory, as it is in Australia, with fines for no-shows.  Too much patriots’ blood has been spilled to protect our right to vote for America to be...

  • Political March Madness

    By Marty Kaplan

    February 13, 2012 | 10:57 am

    Will Hillary be Obama’s running mate, with Biden going to State if they win? Will Romney wrap things up on Super Tuesday, or will there be a brokered Republican convention, with Ron Paul as kingmaker? Will Democrats take back the House but lose the Senate?

    Who knows? Who cares?

    ...
  • Don't be naked

    By Marty Kaplan

    January 30, 2012 | 11:00 am

    Entertainment executives are fond of saying that no matter what happens with technology, what will always matter most is good storytelling. What they don’t say — but what they’ve begun to wonder — is whether those stories may be on the way to becoming loss leaders and if the...

  • Opinion: Tim Tebow Is Jewish

    By Marty Kaplan

    January 16, 2012 | 4:38 pm

    “Should The Times Be a Truth Vigilante?”

    That was the headline last week on a blog posted by New York Times public editor Arthur Brisbane.

    Brisbane is The Times’ ombudsman; his job is to hold the paper accountable to journalistic standards and to act as its readers’...

  • Opinion: Campaign colonics

    By Marty Kaplan

    January 3, 2012 | 3:43 pm

    What did I miss?

    For seven days I didn’t have salt, meat or CNN.  My mornings began without “Morning Joe” or “Morning Edition”; I saw sunrise on a mountain hike, not with a clicker in my hand.  My daily hour devoted to The New York Times was given over to stretching....

  • Marty Kaplan: Newt winked at me

    By Marty Kaplan

    December 12, 2011 | 10:58 am

    Did you see how Newt Gingrich kept winking during the Dec. 10 Republican debate? I’ll bet you $10,000 I’m the one he was winking at.

    Maybe you thought it was just a “there he goes again” wink to his Iowa audience, like the Reagan twinkle that made Jimmy Carter seem like a...

  • Opinion: Warning -- Political ads make you stupid

    By Marty Kaplan

    November 28, 2011 | 10:39 am

    This is the disclaimer that Britain’s Public Interest Research Centre recently proposed for inclusion on billboards:

    “This advertisement may influence you in ways of which you are not consciously aware.  Buying consumer goods is unlikely to improve your wellbeing, and borrowing...

  • Opinion: How Occupy will end

    October 31, 2011 | 12:15 pm

    No one knows what difference Occupy Wall Street will turn out to make. 

    This could the start of something big.  Maybe the burgeoning sense that something is not right in America will reach a critical mass.  It’s already showing up in the polls.  Maybe more and more ordinary...

  • Opinion: Letting animals vote

    By Marty Kaplan

    September 19, 2011 | 3:49 pm

    You look terrific.  Have you lost weight?  Are you working out?  You’ve got this glow about you.  I bet you’re in love.  Wait—you were promoted.  That’s it, isn’t it?  They finally recognized how talented you are.  By the way, did you know that the average global surface...

  • Opinion: How did this happen to America?

    By Marty Kaplan

    September 6, 2011 | 10:06 am

    It was while I was explaining to an Australian student that Rupert Murdoch was the reason America had gone batty that I realized how inadequate my answer to his question was.

    “How did this happen to America?”  I was in Australia just after the debt-ceiling debacle, and by...

  • What story is the Murdoch story?

    By Marty Kaplan

    July 25, 2011 | 4:00 pm

    Following several days of coaching by lawyers and PR experts, it must have been really rattling for Rupert and James Murdoch when show time arrived to learn that the parliamentary committee questioning them would not permit opening statements. Framing, after all, is the name of the...

  • The “Obama’s brilliant strategy” theory

    By Marty Kaplan

    July 11, 2011 | 9:18 am

    If you voted for Obama, here’s what you’re not supposed to be thinking:

    He turns out to be a lousy poker player.  He negotiates with himself.  He thinks compromise takes only one to tango.  He imputes good will to lethal adversaries.  He allows them define the turf he fights...

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