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Short, Nasty, and Brutish

Short, Nasty, and Brutish
By December 27, 2006

Sydney, Australia, 1994. I was in year nine (equivalent to American 10th grade) at Moriah College, Sydney’s biggest Jewish school, when our surly new sports coach gathered us in the auditorium to announce we would be fielding the first rugby … Read More

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Is Unhappiness the Key to Happiness?

Is Unhappiness the Key to Happiness?
By December 26, 2006

Bad posture, beer breath, the Sprockets catsuit—turns out you can sport despair most any way you like. Perhaps, per genre, you are Waspy and gaunt, wear lots of black, read Thomas Bernhard, shun camaraderie and social events, and, most important, … Read More

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Queer Tribalism

Queer Tribalism
By November 30, 2006

It wasn’t until my girlfriend and I were scanning the catalogs of sperm banks that I became aware of my Jewish identity. Suddenly it mattered, the fact that I was Jewish and my girlfriend was Jewish, and—most importantly—that the sperm … Read More

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Welcome to Jewcy

Welcome to Jewcy
By November 15, 2006

“For instance? Well, for instance, what it means to be a man. In a city. In a century. In transition. In a mass. Transformed by science. Under organized power. Subject to tremendous controls. In a condition caused by mechanization. After … Read More

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Jewess Studies

Jewess Studies
By November 15, 2006

In France, they called me Monica—and boy, was that the joke that wouldn’t quit. They chuckled “Monica” when I walked down the street, winked “Monica” when I picked up a baguette, sniggered “Monica” when I bought a bottle of wine … Read More

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