Tarot and Talk Therapy

I interviewed three psychotherapists who also read tarot cards for patients or clients. We talked about Jung, universal symbols, and predictions. From Esoterica.

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NYC Misses You

And here’s what NY’s been up to lately. New New York: The City’s Latest Attractions. From the Jewish Chronicle.

Cadence interior by Eric Medsker. Photo features bar, barstools, exposed brick wall.)

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Sponsored Content II (Beauty)

Sponsored content for the fabulous Jaime Carson. From Tribeza: Austin Curated.

Photo by Robert Cameron Connolly. (Photo of client lying on back, receiving a facial.)

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A Brief Foray into Movie Criticism

My ode to the greatest of all holiday movies–A Christmas Story: Then and Now, and Possibly Forever. From Thursday Matinee.

Even a pacifist can appreciate this gift! (Photo of A Christmas Story‘s Ralphie, standing next to a Christmas tree in his pajamas and aiming a BB gun.)

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Living with Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Syndrome (AMPS)

Coping with and thriving despite chronic pain–an interview with an AMPS patient. For Practical Pain Management.

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Sponsored Content (Beauty)

Sponsored content for the fabulous Jaime Carson. From Tribeza: Austin Curated.

(Photo of Jaime Carson treating client. Not sure of photographer; credit Tribeza. I think.)

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Paul Rudnick. PAUL RUDNICK!!!

Playing the Palace

I interviewed the great Paul Rudnick about his new novel, Playing the Palace, and now I’ve peaked. From the Jewish Chronicle.

Here is a brief excerpt from this extremely funny novel, about the romance between the gorgeous, gracious, and openly gay Prince Edgar, and Carter, a Jewish party planner from NJ:

“… It’s like, if you were a cologne, which would sell trillions of units, it could be called Slightly Rumpled Royalty. it’s like a movie star with just the right amount of bedhead. Do it.”

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An Author with a Plot for Success

“Usually when your book comes out, it’s like you’re holding your breath, and nothing happens,” says The Plot author Jean Hanff Korelitz. “I’ve never experienced anything like this. It’s just been wonderful.” From the Jewish Chronicle.

Jean Hanff Korelitz. Photo by Michael Avedon.

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The Pleasure and Politics of Writing Queer Romance Novels

“It was never true that the only people who ever fell in love were skinny, white, cis, hetero people. It’s a political act to honor that” by centering the experiences of, and writing happily ever afters for, characters who don’t fall into those categories. An interview with the novelist Roan Parrish. Includes atypical heroes, Jewish leads, and baked goods. From Lilith.

Roan Parrish and collaborator

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Meet the Rabbi of Twitter

Rabbi Ruttenberg’s posts include retweets from colleagues and activists and Schitt’s Creek gifs, but there’s also a fascinating explanation of how Jewish medical ethics expert Rabbi Eliezer Waldenberg decided that Israeli trans pop star—and 1998 Eurovision Song Contest winner—Dana International was legally a woman. From the Jewish Chronicle.

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg. Photo by Sally Blood.

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