In her last posts, Melissa Broder shared the B-Sides of her forthcoming When You Say One Thing But Mean Your Mother (Feb. 6) and conducted a “Jewish vs. Goyish litmus test” for the year in review. She is guest-blogging all week for MyJewishLearning and the Jewish Book Council.
got you stoned behind the bimah.
wouldn’t stop talking about Schindler’s List.
grew misty during Oseh Shalom.
felt you up at Mike D’s parents’ house.
took offense to the book of Genesis.
burned down the sukkah.
wouldn’t stop talking about Birthright.
was “very active” in youth group.
aced her Torah portion.
was the mean girl.
was her minyan.
Jonathon Safran Foer
wouldn’t stop talking about Elie Wiesel’s Night.
had a “thing” for Queen Vashti.
took the teen tour by storm.
didn’t eat the kreplach.
wouldn’t stop talking about Mark Chagall.
Melissa Broder is the author of When You Say One Thing But Mean Your Mother. She is the curator of the Polestar Poetry Series and the Chief Editor of La Petite Zine. She is the winner of the Jerome Lowell Dejur Award and the Stark Prize for Poetry. Broder received her BA from Tufts University and is currently in the MFA program at the CCNY. By day, she works as a literary publicist. Her poems have appeared in many journals, including: Opium, Shampoo, Conte and The Del Sol Review. She lives in Brooklyn. Visit her website at http://www.melissabroder.com/. She will be blogging all week for MyJewishLearning and the Jewish Book Council.
Pronunced: TORE-uh, Origin: Hebrew, the Five Books of Moses.