Articles written by: "Roz Warren"

Too Female for Comfort; or, How a Woman Becomes “the Other”

October 25, 2014 by Roz Warren

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In which a passenger on an El Al flight from New York refuses to be seated next to a woman. To give a religious reason for the refusal, writes the woman affected, “doesn’t excuse the insult.”

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Doctor My Eyes: The Ultimate Cataract-Surgery Mix Tape

October 11, 2014 by Roz Warren

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QUESTION: “What’s the best song to sing to your doctor before cataract surgery?”

ANSWER: “I Only Have Eyes For You.”

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Jasmine Tridevil’s Tale

September 27, 2014 by Roz Warren

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A wry look at the year’s most appalling publicity stunt.

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How to Break Your Toe in One Easy Step

August 16, 2014 by Roz Warren

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Roz Warren’s Facebook friends find many inventive ways to snap a toe. For instance, “I broke my big toe coming down from a headstand.”

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Roz Reviews: ‘Tender Is the Brisket’

July 19, 2014 by Roz Warren

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Stacia Friedman, who has worked in the film industry, knows how to put a scene together, keep it moving, and keep the laughs coming. But her wit carries insight.

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Dog Names

July 5, 2014 by Roz Warren

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So you don’t want to give your dog an ordinary name like Fido or Spot. And you love books. So, naturally, you turn to your favorite literary classics when it’s time to name the new puppy.

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She’s the Top: Isabella Bannerman, Feisty Cartoonist

June 7, 2014 by Roz Warren

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Bannerman on Sheryl Sandberg’s book “Lean in”: “All that pushing and leaning sounded exhausting. [So in my cartoon] I decided to reference that old hair spray ad—’She conked out but her hair held up!’ Even as a kid, I found that ad weird and funny.”

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Prosopagnosia! I’m Face Blind. Who the Hell Are You?

May 10, 2014 by Roz Warren

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I try not to assume that I know who you are until you tell me something that nails it. And because I don’t know if you’re a close friend, a sworn enemy, or a total stranger, I greet everyone with a smile.

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Roz Reviews: “Now I See You”—Flipping the Finger at Fate

May 3, 2014 by Roz Warren

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When you learn that your vision is seriously impaired and getting worse—take to the trapeze! What could possibly go wrong?

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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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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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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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