Friday Links

Blik from Polder Animation on Vimeo.


  1. Michael Idov interviews Pussy Riot in prison
  2. An entire NYT issue on Inspiration
  3. Saving the snow leopard with microfinance
  4. “I won’t miss the casual racism and the relax-I-was-just-joking anti-Semitism. I will miss the fact that just about everyone can do a killer Georgian accent and knows a truly wonderful Jewish joke.”
  5. Why are some foods more masculine?
  6. Mongolia: booming
  7. Manicures
  8. Typical Middle East news story comment section”
  9. OMGGDOWNTON is backkkkk
  10. International workplace culture
  11. Ukranian stereotypes
  12. This is stupid

Hipstagram again

If you’re fasting today, have a meaningful fast.

In honor of the high holidays, and, let’s face it, because I’ve finally picked up the pace on both school and my novel, here’s a filler post with some of my favorite recent Instagrams. (Don’t look if you’re fasting).

 Rain in Moscow by @producer_grom

 “Behind the scenes of the Fido Fashion Show at the Southern Women’s Show. Oh yes. This is happening.” by @harrisuz (North Carolina)

Shabbat by @irincarmon  (New York)

“Fall” by @kirillschitov (Russia)

“Good morning” by @scotspix (Scotland)

“Only in Israel do the buses wish you get written in the book of life!” by @jewlicious

Somewhere between Spain and Africa by @salasjonathan

Angola by @careeen

Japanese lanterns, Kyoto by @caribb

“View from the 7th floor.” Ulaan Bator, Mongolia by @indralina

“The mighty Kenai river” by @bearlyalyssa, Alsaka

(I am obviously also on Instagram @veekaybee)


Friday Links

Notte Sento (English subtitles) from Daniele Napolitano on Vimeo.

  1. A Tumblr of misattributed Shakespeare quotes
  2. How to get addicted to heroin (YouTube)
  3. Hipster Jews
  4. What are important things and advice you usually aren’t told about?”
  5. The Hawaii no one tells you about
  6. Slideshow of photos from Cuba
  7. America in 50 photos
  8. The story of Banana Republic
  9. Ward McBurney’s story is a case study in an emerging trend: the rapid rise of self-publishing.”

The Confession

Pietro Longhi, The Confession

“Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned.”

“Amen. And how long has it been since your last confession, child?”

“Umm…twenty-some years? ”

“Well, that’s a long time, but still, it’s a good thing you came. How can God lift your burden?”



I’m in a book!

Not my own, yet, but still, just in time for Rosh Hashana, I’m legit published.  Along with Kate, Farrah, and a bunch of other talented people from all over the country, writing about what it means to be Jewish to them, from all sorts of angles.   All credit for the hard work of collecting our scribbles and actually pushing this thing through goes to Stefanie :).


[The book] is a collection of personal essays and memoirs from Jewish 20- and 30-somethings from across the country. Each contributor brings a unique perspective as they tell their self-defining Jewish story.”

At once confrontational, comforting, and hilarious this is the definitive ‘Who am I? and why am I?’ book for Jews of our generation. I can only hope to one day contribute to a collection this rigorous, this touching, and this important for the question of our identity as Jews. –Mayim Bialik

“I’m not a Jew…I’m just Jew-ish.” – Vicki Boykis

Can you guess what my self-defining Jewish story is about?  If you guessed medical anxieties or God’s wrath, you’re a great guesser, but that’s not it.

 Other, less stupid stories include: “Converted to Reform” by Rabbi Julie Pelc Adler, “The Rumors of Her Death” by Libby Ellis Lowe, and “A New Kind of Jewish Geography” by Perry Teicher, about the Jews of the CIS republics.

Website is here. Book is available for purchase here.