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New Yorker Talk of the Town: Prodigy

New Yorker, April 23, 2012

My piece on teen chef Flynn McGarry brought national attention to a culinary wunderkind who had been serving up elaborate 10-course tasting meals in his mom’s living room.

Sh’ma Essay: Nouns Versus Verbs

Published in Sh'ma, a monthly Jewish journal, April 2013

I was asked to contribute an essay for a special issue “on the communal impact - over the past decade or so - as Jews by choice and ‘fellow travelers’ have assumed positions of communal leadership.”

Details feature: Fetishization of the Jewess

Details magazine

The December issue of Details includes my feature on the fetishization of hot Jewish women. Read on for quick, snappy, not-terribly-deep take on “JILFS,” semi-observant hardcore queen Joanna Angel and the glory of frum porn.

Details feature: “Are You Jealous of Your Kid?”

Details magazine

Flame-bating feature on wellspring of resentment that builds up among over-involved parents as they create ever-more-awesome educational and enrichment opportunities for their precious progeny.

Michael Lewis book review in LA Times

Published in book review section of LA Times

Finally getting around to posting this review from LA Times of Michael Lewis’ daddy memoir. I love Lewis’ style, but in the end felt weirdly depressed reading his cynical take on the basic drudgery of raising kids…

Parents urge kids to live on the wild side

"Family Life" column, distributed by Reuters

On recent family trip to Denmark, wife and I loved how dangerous everything was—perilous play equipment, no bike helmets, creaky amusement park rides. Got me thinking about sanctity of safety among parents at home and recent books that celebrate virtues of sketchy situations for kids…

Adventures in Family Air Travel

"Family Life" column, distributed by Reuters

That dad with the hyper disruptive brats two rows back? I’m that guy. In this essay-as-desperate-apology, I try to make amends and imagine an airline geared specifically for families…

Is my son a dick, or is he two?

Published by Salon

My son bullies me, insults his mother and once punched an old man in the nuts. I know it’s probably just a phase. But what if it isn’t? Check out the insane letters of response here.

When treating kids like royalty has to stop

Published by Reuters, June 18, 2008

Commentary on how kids today are spoiled and coddled became a more limited but truthful account of how I spoil and coddle my kid.

Parents, unite! Ban birthday party blowouts

Published by Reuters, May 5, 2008

Latest Family Life column is parental call to arms to stop the madness around kiddie birthday parties. Si se puede!

Hear ye, hear ye! My parenting manifesto!

Published by Reuters, April 23, 2008

Family Life column on Parenting Manifestos, including a few self-evident foundational truths of my own…

Boys, Guns and the ‘Bang Bang Gene’

Published by Reuters, March 25, 2008

Family Life column for Reuters on boys, guns and the “bang bang gene.”

Fear Fuels Baby Business Boom

Published by Reuters, April 9, 2008

Latest Family Life column details my nightmares in babyproofing and the billion-dollar “mommy market.”

Dads Grapple With New Role: Tech Support

Published by Retuers, March 11, 2008

This week’s column wonders why being a dad today so often means being an IT guy.

Can Enthusiasm for Breastfeeding Go Too Far?

Published on Reuters, Feb. 1, 2008

The second installment of my new Reuters column involves a celebrity pediatrician and my wife’s boobs. Response has been highly enjoyable, ranging from the dad who took the opportunity to rave about how he can bring his wife to orgasm through nursing to the New Zealand feminist blogger who can’t believe we didn’t get more worked up about our our groovy pediatrician.

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