Sex, Drugs and Gefilte Fish: The Heeb Storytelling Collection [NOOK Book]

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Scoring weed for your uncle...Hanging out with porn stars on Christmas Eve...Eating nachos with the Mossad...Observing the Dyke Days of Awe...Getting held up at a Weight Watcher's meeting...Spying on your naked Hebrew School teacher.

From Heeb magazine--the definitive voice of a proud, searching, and irreverent new generation of American Jews--this first-of-a-kind fast and fun showcase spotlights the hilarious and heartful raconteurial gifts ...
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Overview

Scoring weed for your uncle...Hanging out with porn stars on Christmas Eve...Eating nachos with the Mossad...Observing the Dyke Days of Awe...Getting held up at a Weight Watcher's meeting...Spying on your naked Hebrew School teacher.

From Heeb magazine--the definitive voice of a proud, searching, and irreverent new generation of American Jews--this first-of-a-kind fast and fun showcase spotlights the hilarious and heartful raconteurial gifts of many of today's leading writers, comedians, actors, artists, and musicians. Laura Silverman, Michael Showalter, Andy Borowitz, Joel Stein, Ben Greenman, Darrin Strauss, and others navigate sex, drugs, work, youth, family, and, on the lighter side, body and soul. You'll never bleach your arm hair again.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Liebman, arts editor of the hip Jewish lifestyle magazine Heeb, introduces a refreshing set of essays that reveal an array of both ordinary and extraordinary modern-day Jewish experiences. Arranged by theme (sex, drugs, work, youth, family, body and soul), these four dozen essays—the products of a Heeb storytelling performance series—explore the humorous, scandalous and often sentimental moments in life. Rebecca Addelman re-evaluates the college summer she spent in Israel getting naked with another kibbutz volunteer and a middle-aged Israeli. Andy Borowitz conveys the irony of a Jewish Harvard graduate (himself) writing a hip-hop sitcom for Will Smith: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Most outstanding is Eric Weingrad's account of spying his loathed Hebrew school teacher naked during a Sabbath night spent at her house. The contributors—musicians, actors, comedians and writers—will be familiar to many. Full of wit, irony, heartbreak and vindication, these essays will undoubtedly please those in search of an honest but creative look at Jewish life and its many trials. B&w photos. (Oct. 26)
Entertainment Weekly
[This is] the era of Sarah Silverman, Heeb Magazine and Curb Your Enthusiasm
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446558822
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/26/2009
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Shana Liebman, the Arts Editor of Heeb Magazine, conceived and now curates the Heeb Storytelling series. She has a BA in English from Brown University and an MFA in fiction writing from Columbia University. She is also a freelance writer and editor who has worked for The Village Voice, PAPER, Salon, The New York Observer and The Independent, and is a regular contributor to New York Magazine.

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Table of Contents

Foreword A. J. Jacobs Jacobs, A. J.

Preface Shana Liebman Liebman, Shana

Losing It Josh Swiller Swiller, Josh 2

The Anti-Mensch Ophira Eisenberg Eisenberg, Ophira 6

SJF Seeks Donor Lori Gottlieb Gottlieb, Lori 11

Me Make Fire for Lynn Lynn Harris Harris, Lynn 16

In a Different Light Eric Weingrad Weingrad, Eric 20

All Eighteen Inches David J. Rosen Rosen, David J. 25

Let It Breathe D. C. Benny Benny, D. C. 32

Grandma Betty Liz Feldman Feldman, Liz 38

I Am Anxious Jonathan Kesselman Kesselman, Jonathan 42

Benzos and Breast Cancer Stephanie Green Green, Stephanie 45

Unprotected: A Confession Rachel Kramer Bussel Bussel, Rachel Kramer 52

Out of the Bag Noah Tarnow Tarnow, Noah 57

Prime-Time Playa Andy Borowitz Borowitz, Andy 66

My Stalker Mike Albo Albo, Mike 69

The Professional Jacob Austen Austen, Jacob 74

The Money Was Good Robbie Chafitz Chafitz, Robbie 79

A Field Guide to the North American Bigfoot Ben Greenman Greenman, Ben 84

Approaching a Lunatic Adam Lowitt Lowitt, Adam 91

Hollywood Sucks Darin Strauss Strauss, Darin 95

Baruch Atah Nathaniel Simon Rich Rich, Simon 102

We Want Bo Derek Joshua Neuman Neuman, Joshua 109

Gershon Rebecca Addelman Addelman, Rebecca 114

The Mossad Bought Me Nachos and a Sprite Joey Garfield Garfield, Joey 119

Exodus Elliott Kalan Kalan, Elliott 125

Helping Hand Todd Levin Levin, Todd 131

Freaking Jordan Carlos Carlos, Jordan 136

One Night at Gimbels Rena Zager Zager, Rena 140

The True Meaning of Christmas Byron Kerman Kerman, Byron 144

Poop Sandwich Abby Sher Sher, Abby 148

As Time Went By Michael Green Green, Michael 154

And Baby Makes ... Four Caryn Aviv Aviv, Caryn 164

Lesbians atTemple Lisa Kron Kron, Lisa 168

Mama Ann Joel Stein Stein, Joel 173

Phone Home Avi Gesser Gesser, Avi 178

Little Isaac's Nozzle of Love Steve Almond Almond, Steve 184

True Tales from Katzalot Mark Katz Katz, Mark 194

Bar Mitzvah: The Musical! Matthew Loren Cohen Cohen, Matthew Loren 200

Herzog Versus Davis Hal Sirowitz Sirowitz, Hal 206

Fake Farm Laura Silverman Silverman, Laura 209

My Whole Hair Story Todd Rosenberg Rosenberg, Todd 214

Half and Half Raven Snook Snook, Raven 220

Weight Watchers at Gunpoint Wendy Shanker Shanker, Wendy 224

Mustorderitis Michael Showalter Showalter, Michael 228

Boiling Point Allen Salkin Salkin, Allen 231

The Eyes of the Beholder Najla Said Said, Najla 235

Finding My Kegel Muscles Stephen Glass Glass, Stephen 238

Body Hair Annette Ezekial Kogan Kogan, Annette Ezekial 244

Masturbating Class: A Hands-on Experience Alix Strauss Strauss, Alix 249

Contributors 255

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  • Posted December 17, 2009

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    Sex, Drugs & Gefilte Fish

    While I was excited to review Sex, Drugs & Gefilte Fish, I was a bit worried that I wouldn't fully appreciate the humor or the nuances of the writing. I found the book thoroughly entertaining, even though I'm not Jewish. The book is divided into six parts: Sex, Drugs, Work, Youth, Family, and Body & Soul. Each part has from six to twelve short stories, each by a different author. The stories of young love, awkward encounters, and self-discovery are sometimes touching, often hilarious, and fun.

    The stories aren't connected, so you can start with any story. You'll likely not be able to stop at one. I would read at least three or four at a sitting. No doubt the stories would be even more enjoyable to someone fully familiar with the culture and religion.

    Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (October 26, 2009), 288 pages.
    Review copy provided by the publisher.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2009

    Funny, sweet and original

    I loved this collection of funny, loving and original essays that zeroe in on some of what it means to have a Jewish sensibility. These are irreverent, quirky, and off center pieces written by known and unknown mostly Jews in their 20's and 30"s . They are always appealing and self-aware even hyper-alert young Jewish people looking and laughing at themselves.

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  • Posted October 18, 2009

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    This collection is a terrific anthology that uses jocularity to tell the story of Jews adapting in America

    This compilation by Heeb magazine combines humor with a profound look at being a Jewish-American assimilated into the country's culture yet keeping oneself partially immersed in Judaism. The forty-eight essays are divided unequally into six classifications that cleverly reflect like for a Jew in the United States: sex, drugs, work, youth, family, body and soul. Each is well written to bring out an experience using PowerPoint as Caryn Aviv did rather than the Rabbi or "Lesbians at temple" in which Lisa Kron explains the meaning of "Please Rise" during the High Holy days using bowel obstruction for lucid denotation. Whether it is naked at the kibbutz (Rebecca Addelman) or seeing the Hebrew School teacher naked at her home (Eric Weingrad), readers will enjoy this irreverent yet relevant look at being Jewish in America. As my spouse fondly recalls growing up with an Orthodox mom, a pagan dad, and two leaning towards paganism brothers, he remains proud four decades after bringing out into the open over the kitchen table: the point spread during Chanukah with the pot being chocolate money. This collection is a terrific anthology that uses jocularity to tell the story of Jews adapting in America several generations after having our centuries old ancestral names anglicized at Ellis.

    Harriet Klausner

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