Windows of the Soul

This is the fifth of five guest blog posts I wrote for Powell’s Books. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins tonight, and for me — possibly the only person in the world who looks at the High Holidays this way — it’s time for window wars, pitched...

A person of the Book

This is the fourth of five guest blog posts I wrote for Powell’s Books. I could never see any point to getting out of school. Coming from a family that occasionally clawed its way into the lower middle-class for up to two years at a time, I was acutely aware of...

Gimme a pigfoot

This is the third of five guest blog posts I wrote for Powell’s Books. Anybody who’s ever seen me try to hammer a nail into a piece of wood or build a scale model of the Temple of Solomon out of kitchen matches and popsicle sticks will know what I mean...

Can’t keep from kvetchin’

This is the second of five guest blog posts I wrote for Powell’s Books. I’m working desperately to finish a book manuscript in the next four to six weeks, so accounts of my day-to-day adventures in the world at large, not to mention life in the fast-paced...

Matzohs with the Fuehrer

This is the first of five guest blog posts I wrote for Powell’s Books. It’s been quite a while since I attended shul — synagogue — with any regularity. Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, holidays that feature memorial prayers, and the anniversaries of my...