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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Eye Anxiety

On eye color, privilege, and embarrassing admissions.

From Kveller.

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Talking With Judy Batalion About The Light of Days

I spoke to Judy Batalion about the Jewish women who smuggled weapons in their underwear, assassinated Nazis, and sabotaged a city’s water supply.

In Alma: These Young Women Risked Their Lives to Fight Nazis. We Should All Know Their Names

In Lilith: The Hidden Heroines of World War II

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The Allure of Mysteries

What makes mysteries, both fictional and real, so compelling? I attempt to find out. From The Psychologist.

“Outside the Forbidden Bedroom,” photo by Holly Andres.

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I No Longer Have Bad Hair Days, Thanks to This 2-in-1 Dryer

My ode to the greatest hair styling tool EVER. From SELF.

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Image courtesy SELF.com.

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How to Choose Baby Clothes Without Losing Your Mind

It may seem … uh trivial, in light of coronavirus, but at one time I was completely flummoxed by clothing choices for my kid. From TheWeek.com

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Kids and Medical Over-treatment

Does your child really need those antibiotics? Here’s how to find out. From TheWeek.com.

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