About Jason Diamond

I'm the former editor-in-chief of this hot dog stand

A Zine Writer Gets the Essay Treatment

By May 12, 2010

Aaron Cometbus came into my life the year after my Bar Mitzvah.  I was sick of everyone and everything (family, religion, school, etc.) and becoming an angry little punk rocker.  For a nerdy/nervy Jewish kid living in the suburbs of … Read More

Question of the Day: Was Daria a Jew?

By May 12, 2010

The life and times of Daria Morgendorffer will finally be released on DVD today, and as Salon points out, the series that ran for five years on MTV was one of the last great programs before the cable channel descended … Read More

Tuesday Playlist: A Nice Jewish Boys Guide to Great Songs About Jesus

By May 11, 2010

I’m not sure why or how I got into songs about Jesus; why I started making mixes for my friends called “Jesus Tapes” or scouring countless record stores, thrift stores, garage sales and Ebay for old gospel records.  I’ve never … Read More

Breaking! Gary Shteyngart Talks About Food…Again!

By May 10, 2010

We’ve said it before but we will say it again: whether it’s talking about eating lard sandwiches with Aleksandar Hemon or the countless other instances we’ve kept track of, Gary Shteyngart loves to talk about food.  As if we needed … Read More

The Weekly Yiderati: Emily Gould, Shalom Auslander, Deborah Eisenberg, and Bill Murray

By May 6, 2010

The Millions talk Deborah Eisenberg: "For Eisenberg, the first accident was to be raised in Winnetka, Illinois, a predominantly Gentile suburb 20 miles north of Chicago. Some of the Eisenhower-era temperament of the place can be glimpsed in her Reagen-era … Read More

Mike Edison: Rock n’ Roll Liner Notes as Art

By May 6, 2010

As I was preparing my introduction to the interview below, an e-mail popped into my inbox for the upcoming Literary Death Match, featuring the same person I had just finished interviewing.  I wasn’t really surprised– it’s no less than Mike Edison, … Read More

Crackpot Conspiracy Theory About Anti-Semitic Smurfs Might Not Be So Crackpot

By May 4, 2010

My Father, my uncle, my aunt, a teacher in Hebrew school, and this blogger all think The Smurfs are anti-Semitic.  Until yesterday when I caught them filming part of the forthcoming live action film about the little blue creatures running … Read More

The Homegrown American Terrorist Fiction Trend

By May 3, 2010

Recently, The Daily Beast called David Goodwillie’s book, American Subversive, "A novel for our times", prompting me to think that The Beast was maybe giving me a hot heaping of hyperbole: "David Goodwillie has set his expansive novel in the … Read More