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This week, for my column, THE CHOSEN ONES, I interviewed author and media personality Andrea Syrtash who almost one year ago launched pregnantish.com, the first non-medical platform for everyone and anyone dealing with infertility.

She shares her story--of triumph and heartbreak and hope and triumph and heartbreak and hope--of how she has spent the past seven years trying to get (and stay) pregnant.

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Andrea Syrtash has dedicated her life to helping people navigate their relationships. But for the past seven years she has been negotiating the most personal relationship that exists, the one with her own body. For seven years, which breaks down to 84 months, or 2,555 days, Syrtash has been trying t...
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What do you get when you cross a brilliant Jewess with a law degree and a killer sense of style?

Batsheva Hay, that's what. (Alternately, my first column for 2018!)

She's got fashhhhun that make everyone from Vogue to the rebbetzin kvell. If you're lucky, you could score a private visit to her studio. Just don't try to call her on Shabbat.

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She’s got killer style, a new fashion line that’s got everyone who’s anyone lining up at her at Upper West Side abode-slash-studio, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, an M.A in psychology, and a B.A. from Stanford University (with honors). Not bad for a girl from Queens (holl...
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Last week for my column, THE CHOSEN ONES, I interviewed legendary theatre producer, Barry Weissler. He told me wild tales about making it on Broadway, fighting bulls and Bobby. As in, DeNiro.

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Creative Theatrical Producer Barry Weissler is, by any and all accounts, the O.G. of Broadway. Between him and Fran Weissler, his wife and partner of half a century, they have received seven TONY awards and have produced such masterpieces as Othello, Fiddler on the Roof, Gypsy, Annie Get Your Gun, C...
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Last week for my column, THE CHOSEN ONES, I interviewed the man behind men's fashion brand, ALEX MILL, Alexander Drexler. Alex is funny and quirky and modest about his success though he has been credited with designing the perfect t shirt, just included in WWD's 40 under 40 and oh, BABY GAP was actually created FOR him. NBD.
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There has been much attention paid to the founder and creator of menswear line Alex Mill, Alexander Drexler. And expectations are high. GQ called his line “a favorite for guys,” The New York Times refered to him as “retail royalty” and The Cut has even asked whether his small business consi...
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So thrilled to announce my new column, THE KILLERS, in which I interview comedians for one of my favorite magazines (Paper), on one of my favorite subjects (comedy). It's apropos that the fist one is with one of my favorite comics, the brilliant, badass, LUENELL. She tried to get me high and made me laugh so hard I cried.
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She's bawdy. She's brassy. She's brilliant. She's beautiful. I recently had the pleasure of seeing comedy goddess Luenell perform at the historic King's Theatre in Brooklyn. The metaphoric love child of Joan Rivers and Richard Pryor could well have been Luenell. She gained international acclaim over...
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Last week for my column THE CHOSEN ONES, I interviewed the New York Times best selling author, Lily Koppel. We talked about her love of dumpster diving, going to the moon and how she almost went on a date with mob boss Tony Soprano.
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Lily Koppel is The New York Times bestselling author of The Red Leather Diary and The Astronaut Wives Club, which inspired the ABC television series of the same name. Her work has received praise from every place imaginable and she is currently at work on her third book. A native of Chicago, Koppel…
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Last week for my column, THE CHOSEN ONES, I interviewed director and screenwriter, Elizabeth Wood. We talked about how to charm a Nazi, converting Elizabeth Taylor to Judaism and how the daughter of a Church of Christ minister from Oklahoma became heiress to the the legacy of one of the most important rabbis in modern history.

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Elizabeth Wood is an unlikely candidate to carry on the legacy of one of the most important rabbis in modern history, but it turns out she’s a good one. A really, really good one. The daughter of a Church of Christ minister, the filmmaker grew up in a small town in Oklahoma before she left...
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Last week for my column THE CHOSEN ONES, I interviewed the very important (and very nice) chef, Alon Shaya. He was well on his way to becoming a criminal but th...anks to the love and attention of a few very special ladies who recognized his talent, he became a world famous chef. Word to the wise--don't sleep on the troublemakers.

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Chef Alon Shaya is on fire—figuratively, not literally (at least, as far as I know). Among numerous other accolades, he is a two-time James Beard award-winning chef. The Executive Chef and Partner of Domenica, Pizza Domenica and Shaya, he has recently taken New Orleans by storm (also not literally.....
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Last week for my column THE CHOSEN ONES, I interviewed the brilliant Pete Grosz, who plays Mike Pence on The President Show on Comedy Central. He's not really an amoral sociopath. He just plays one on TV.

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Peter Grosz isn’t a sociopathic, conniving, manipulative, cold blooded, calculating lunatic. He just plays one on TV. An alum of Second City, an actor and a writer, Grosz worked on Late Night with Seth Meyer, The Colbert Report, and he’s had a recurring role on nearly every season of VEEP....
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Last week for my column, THE CHOSEN ONES, I interviewed the "Ari Gold" of the food industry, super-agent and powerhouse, Scott Feldman. If you wanna know who's who in the biz or just where to go to get the best food in NYC, he helicoptered in from the Hamptons to tell me.

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There are so many cooking shows now—ones featuring celebrity chefs, iron chefs, dessert chefs, top chefs, test kitchens, chef’s lives, chef's minds, $13-dollar Anthony Bourdain chocolate bars at William and Sonoma, Mario Battali knife sets, actual food porn, Martha Stewart and Snoop on a cooking...
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This week for my column, THE CHOSEN ONES, I interview Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo, and have my first threesome. They are the masterminds behind the comedic duo, Ronna and Beverly--middle aged Jewish mother yentas who are brash, berserk and totally brilliant. *Bonus rape joke.

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Comedians Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo—or, Ronna Glickman and Beverly Ginsburg, as they're known in character—are confidantes and quintessential yentas. Their alter egos have been best friends for over 40 years. They are from north of Boston and have the accents to prove it. They are “fis...
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Last week for my column, THE CHOSEN ONES, I interviewed actress and NYT bestselling author, Annabelle Gurwitch about her newest book, gambling Alabama Jews and a Syrian taxi driver who taught her the meaning of family.

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When New York Times bestselling author Annabelle Gurwitch was growing up in Alabama—or where the “Shalom y’all” Jews live in the South—she fantasized about having a family. That is, any family but her own. In her new essay collection Wherever You Go, There You Are, Gurwitch writes about h...
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This week for my column, THE CHOSEN ONES, I interview the inimitable comedic genius, Judy Gold. We talk about mothers, Mengele and putting your money where your mouth is.

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Following in the footsteps of Joan Rivers, Phyllis Diller and Totie Fields is Judy Gold. Except that she has bigger feet, is a lesbian, and is over six feet tall. Like these legends, she's not to be trifled with. Gold is a comic, an actress, an author, an advocate for equal rights, a mother, and...
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This week, for my column, THE CHOSEN ONES, I sit down with two time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain. We talk about feminism, bravery, bunnies and, of course, her new film, The Zookeeper's Wife.

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Maybe the universe gave two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain bright red hair so the second people see her they get a forewarning that she is filled, from head to toe, with love. Indeed, so much so, that she’s convinced it’s the only way we can actually change the world. Her latest ...
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I've interviewed rock stars, celebrities, famous writers, artists and fashion designers, but this may be my favorite piece yet. My only regret is that he is not on social media (or the internet) to see this. So without further adieu, this week, for my column THE CHOSEN ONES, I present to you my interview you with the illustrious Mr. Herbert Lust. Art collector and patron, author, scholar, gangster, pervert, wily and wise, Mr. Lust gives the concept of Irish luck a serious run for its money. http://www.tabletmag.com/…/the-chosen-ones-an-interview-wit…

Herbert Lust is a self-described farm boy from Indiana. But don’t let his charm or modesty fool you. This former literature professor, Fulbright scholar, and chairman of the board of two New York stock exchange companies has an intellect as sharp as his tongue, a wit as wicked as his sense of humo.....
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This week, for my column, THE CHOSEN ONES, I interview artist Lee Brozgol. He is most famous for his beautiful Christopher Street subway murals, but he also has other work--that offers a scathing commentary on American culture. Like most interesting work, his seems at once timeless and totally ahead of its time. http://www.tabletmag.com/…/the-chosen-ones-an-interview-wit…

You may not know his name or even recognize his face, but if you’ve ever taken the New York City subway to the Christopher Street/Sheridan Square stop, you, and millions of others, know his art. Made up of 12 mosaic panels, Lee Brozgol's
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This week for column, THE CHOSEN ONES, I interview the artist Nissim Ben Aderet. Watching him work is like watching magic come to life before your very eyes. Also, as evidenced here, he takes the expression "rock out with your cock out," to a whole new level.

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In 2008, contemporary artist Nissim Ben Aderet left his big, fancy job as a visual communication director at one of the biggest fashion brands in Israel to pursue art full time. Within a year, the Tel Aviv native's work was included as part of the first International Art Biennale in Israel. Since th...
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