Thursday, May 31, 2012

Profile: Hannibal

The Oedpial thing is not true... Promise!

Yet another excellent suggestion by Joe from Scranton.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Profile: Rumpelstiltskin

This profile led be to dig up the story to read to the three-year-old. As far as Grimm Brothers go, it's actually not that bad. Except the last sentence, when Rumpelstiltskin tears himself in half. Sorry for the spoiler.

Thanks to Tamy from Argentina for the terrific suggestion!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Jews in the News: NY Times asks, JONJ?

In a recent article, the NY Times asked the question whether Willy Loman, the titular character in Arthur Miller's "Death of the Salesman", was Jewish.
These are the sort of questions that defy provable answers. Miller himself changed his view of Willy over the decades, evolving from a fierce defense of his indeterminate identity to a perception of him as an untethered Jew. Literary critics, especially Jewish ones, have long argued the point among themselves. Leslie Fiedler dismissed Willy as the “crypto-Jewish” product of Miller’s “pseudo-universalizing,” while Julius Novick maintained that the Loman family’s “separation from the roots ... is what makes them so vulnerable to the false values that undo them.”

Profile: Eddy Hamel

For more about Hamel, read this. It's... beyond sad.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Profile: Charles Laufer

Charles Laufer was suggested by... absolutely no one. I guess our readers don't read Tiger Beat magazine?

Friday, May 25, 2012

Profile: Max Brooks

We already discussed Max's Jewishness in his mother's profile.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Profile: Ally Sheedy

Sheedy was suggested by Stacie from Corona, CA, who writes "I am a fan of the Brat Pack movies of the 80's (I am dating myself)". Dating yourself with 80s movies??? Sigh...

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Profile: Alfred Eisenstaedt

The identity of the couple in the photo is shrouded in mystery, but the woman is most likely Edith Shain... Jew.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Profile: Sabbatai Zevi

Beware of false prophets...

Suggestion by Mark from the state of Washington.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Profile: L. L. Zamenhof

Esperanto. Good idea... in theory.

Zamenhof was suggested by Matt from Boston and Tony from London.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Profile: Emil Bessels

So yes, we now have one Jewish arctic explorer. To go with two Jewish Eskimos, of course.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Profile: Samuel Cohen

More here... Quite fascinating. And nutty.

Thanks to David from Highland Park, IL for the suggestion.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Profile: Jennifer Grey

Nobody puts Baby in a corner?

Suggestions by Paula from Texas, Eli from Israel, Jaclyn from Toronto, Steven from Beverly Hills, Gary from Washington, and David from Chicago.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Profile: Ingrid Bergman

Yes, it took me 30+ years to see "Casablanca"...

Suggestions by Pablo from Venezuela, Michael from Maryland, Glenn from Queens, and Rebecca from Oregon.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Profile: Semion Mogilevich

We neglected to mention that Mogilevich made a lot of money in the Soviet 80s while running... public toilets.

Another great suggestion by Slava from Baltimore.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

JONJ on, one of the Interweb's premier comedy sites (and a daily read for me) links to JONJ in today's article, The 5 Types of Jewish Characters in Sci-Fi Movies. Among the 5 are Watto and the Ferengi.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Profile: Paul Reiser

Frankly, I'm not sure if Reiser's character on My Two Days was Jewish, but come on... it's Paul Reiser! He had to be.

Suggested by David from Chicago and Elizabeth from Riverside, CA.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Profile: William Levy

Suggestions by Philip from San Diego, Sue from New York, Stephi from Annapolis, Steve from Florida, Cez from Gainesville, Doris from Miami Beach, Bruce from Cambridge, IL, Ruth from Israel, Juliet from Temecula, CA, Don from LA, Pablo from London, and Pedro from Argentina. I don't think any of them were suggesting the politician or artist...

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Profile: Dmitry Mendeleev

While we're at it: Gregor Mendel, also Not a Jew.

Suggestions by Mila from Alexnadria, Eli from Israel, and Malcolm from Belgium.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Update: RIP Adam Yauch and Maurice Sendak

Adam Yauch, MCA of The Beastie Boys, passed away last Friday from cancer. He was 47.
Writer Maurice Sendak, creator of "Where the Wild Things Are", died today. He was 83.

Profile: Lesley Gore

No relation to Al Gore. Duh.

Suggestions by Pablo from Venezuela and Arthur from New York.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Profile: Michel de Montaigne

Gotta love those collars...

Suggestions from Pierre from Paris and Jost from Switzerland.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Profile: Joan and Jackie Collins

We make fun of today's TV a lot, and sure, it's mostly terrible, but 80s nighttime soaps? Not exactly a winner there... Scary hair, too.

Suggestions from Pavel from Pennsylvania, Buzz from Boston, Brian from San Jose, CA, Eddie from the Netherlands, and Steve from Hollywood, FL.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Profile: Heinrich Hertz

For those REALLY curious about units named after scientists, here's the full list.

Suggestions by Mila from Alexandria, Mike from Mexico City, and Gideon from Toronto.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Profile: Enrique Garcia

Other such unfortunately named people include Kike Elomaa, a Finish bodybuilder/pop singer/politician. Some combo!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Profile: Leiber and Stoller

Stoller, Elvis, Leiber.

Suggestions by Don from California and Bob from Fairfield, IA.