About Tod Goldberg

Tod Goldberg is the author of the novels Living Dead Girl and Fake Liar Cheat and, most recently, the short story collection Simplify. His journalism and nonfiction have appeared in numerous papers and magazines, including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Las Vegas CityLife, and Palm Springs Life, earning numerous awards along the way, including three NPA awards for his long running column in the Las Vegas Mercury.

The Best of Harry Potter Fan Fiction

By July 24, 2007

This is a continuation of the comment thread found at http://www.jewcy.com/daily_shvitz/the_best_of_harry_potter_fan_fiction I believe my next article WILL be on reading comprehension. I never said I enjoy fan fiction, Mike. I said I have a sick fascination with it. True, I … Read More

The Best of Harry Potter Fan Fiction

The Best of Harry Potter Fan Fiction
By July 16, 2007

I have a sick fascination with fan fiction, those often epic-novels written by ardent fans of movies, television shows, books, boy bands, video games and, strangely, real people. It’s not simply that I’m interested in the intense fandom exhibited by … Read More

Is This the End of the Stand-Alone Book Review?

Is This the End of the Stand-Alone Book Review?
By July 3, 2007

Each Sunday, I commit a crime in the name of personal literacy: I steal the New York Times Sunday Book Review from Starbucks. I’m not even discreet about it. I order my drink and whatever mound of trans-fat appeals to … Read More

Burning Down the House

By May 29, 2007

One of the more curious aspects of American culture is the way oppressed groups co-opt the words once used to denigrate them, turning them into accepted language within their own culture. Desensitization is a powerful coping tool, though what never … Read More

Shvitz Exclusive: Tod Goldberg Does The LA Times Book Festival

Shvitz Exclusive: Tod Goldberg Does The LA Times Book Festival
By April 30, 2007

A popular misconception about Los Angeles is that it's a town full of illiterate, fame-obsessed aspiring screenwriters whose most intense relationship with literature is Starbucks' employee relations manual. Well, perhaps that's not the most popular misconception — there's the one … Read More

Shvitz Exclusive: Tod Goldberg Fakes It

Shvitz Exclusive: Tod Goldberg Fakes It
By April 10, 2007

[My girlfriend Sarah forwarded me a link to a Chronicle of Higher Ed article on faking literacy. Not sure how this bodes for the state of our relationship, but I knew Jewcy contributor Tod Goldberg would dilate admirably this subject. … Read More

Will Undead Jews Really Roll to Jerusalem?

Will Undead Jews Really Roll to Jerusalem?
By April 5, 2007

Easter is the most brilliantly spooky of Christian holidays. Jesus the Zombie busts out of his grave and struts around for a couple days—some call this theology, I call it the stuff of nightmares. I prefer to think of Jesus … Read More

Does Adult Circumcision Hurt?

By December 18, 2006

Men the world over are pondering their foreskins with a renewed sense of purpose due to a recently published clinical study in Africa that claims circumcised men are significantly less susceptible to HIV. Those curious about the gritty details of … Read More