Articles written by: "Roz Warren"

Roz Reads: ‘Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food’

April 19, 2014 by Roz Warren

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The author tracks down every knish-appearance in popular culture, from Yiddish theater to “Welcome Back, Kotter.” Knishes in poetry. Knishes in popular song. (Including rap.) The knish in literature. The knish on Broadway. . .

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Radical Middle-Aged Cake Acceptance: A Modest Proposal

April 5, 2014 by Roz Warren

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By Roz Warren

Is there a scientific name for this crazy cake phobia—the terror that strikes the hearts of otherwise sane and mature women when offered a delicious dessert?

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Undermining “Underpants Man,” the Tony Matelli Statue

March 22, 2014 by Roz Warren

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By Roz Warren

Would it be okay for a real middle-aged dude to wander the campus of a women’s college in his undies? I sure as hell hope not. So what makes “Sleepwalker” acceptable?

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Are You a Handywoman? Take This Simple Test and See!

March 11, 2014 by Roz Warren

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An actual quote from ” Not Your Mother’s Book on Home Improvement”: “I could whip up a funky, modern coffee table out of reclaimed wood and tricycle parts in a single afternoon. Bring on the power tools!”

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The ‘Sports Illustrated’ Swimsuit Issue: Lewd in the Library

March 3, 2014 by Roz Warren

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The ‘Sports Illustrated’ swimsuit issue just came out, and all over America, librarians are flipping through its pages and rolling their eyes.

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Books: Cartoonist Liza Donnelly’s ‘Women on Men’

February 25, 2014 by Roz Warren

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The cover art sets the tone. Just two faces, one male and one female. The woman, who is (naturally) on top, looks down at her partner, happy and confident, as he, underneath, gazes up at her, intrigued.

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Books: The World According to Nora Ephron

February 18, 2014 by Roz Warren

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Even if you‘re a long-time fan like me, there will be work in this new book that you’ve missed. I own all of Ephron’s books, but had never read her blog. I’d also missed a lot of her early reporting about politics and journalism for venues like “The New York Post” and “Esquire.”

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Soylent! It’s Not Just for Breakfast Anymore

January 4, 2014 by Roz Warren

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“Perfectly balanced nutritious sludge that you can live on instead of preparing delicious meals?“ I thought. “I’m in!”

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At 59, What’s a Cheap Thrill?

December 21, 2013 by Roz Warren

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I just love the way it feels to wake up, refreshed, after hours and hours of delicious, soul-satisfying, care-unraveling slumber.

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Zen and the Art of Enjoying the Last Laugh

November 23, 2013 by Roz Warren

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As your boss continues to blather on about something you haven’t done, think about how you can “punch up” his rant (and your response thereto) to emphasize how gracious, sane, and long-suffering you are, and how bat-shit-crazy he is.

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Is Your Stomach Making You Sad? and Other Conundrums of 21st-Century Life

November 9, 2013 by Roz Warren

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The questions we ask ourselves define who we are as a culture. “What is the meaning of life?” “Is there a God?” “Does anybody really know what time it is?” “Where the hell did I put my car keys?”

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Colonoscopy Serenade

October 26, 2013 by Roz Warren

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Retired cantor Janice Woltag Cohen just turned 50. We boomers all know what that means. It’s Colonoscopy Time! Looking ahead to prep day, Cohen logged onto Facebook and posted a question: “What songs should I put on my colonoscopy mixtape?” Most of Cohen’s Facebook friends are boomers. They were on it in a flash.

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Angelina Jolie, Monkey Lust, and the Promise of a Sweet Night of Passion with Donald Trump

October 19, 2013 by Roz Warren

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I can’t help but be aware of the fact that a book about female sexuality written by a guy is very different from one written by a woman. Still, this is an often-fascinating myth-buster of a book that strives, and occasionally manages, to get to the truth about women and sex.

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An Introvert on the ‘Today’ Show

October 12, 2013 by Roz Warren

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“You’d never use the words ‘life of the party’ to describe me. Plus, the prospect of being on national television was, to put it mildly, terrifying. At work, I’m always ready to entertain a crowd of toddlers at the library with ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ or ‘The Itsy Bitsy Spider.’ But entertaining millions of people on live TV?”

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Marion Winik Has Kissed a Lot Of Frogs

October 5, 2013 by Roz Warren

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The healthiest relationship Winik describes is with first husband, Tony, who, when they met, was a “penniless gay bartender who had recently lost his job as an ice-skating coach due to his drug problem.” It was all downhill from there.

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