"The Dead Beat Club"
Stephen Miller ("The Dead Beat Club") is obituaries editor of The New York Sun and also writes the Remembrances column for the Saturday Wall Street Journal. He was formerly editor and chief copyboy of GoodBye! The Journal of Contemporary Obituaries (www.goodbyemag.com).
Photograph by Ari Burling Photography
"How I Would Like to Die"
Ross Martin ("How I Would Like to Die") is head of programming for MTV’s Emmy Award–winning twenty-four-hour college network mtvU, reaching more than nine million college students nationwide. His first book, The Cop Who Rides Alone, was published in 2001. Also, it’s kinda awkward, but a new book called The Best American Erotic Poems: 1800 to the Present has one of his poems in it.
"All the Time We Have"
David Rakoff ("All the Time We Have") is the author of the books Fraud and Don’t Get Too Comfortable.
Photograph by Jaime Levine
"The Color of Monday"
Hillary Frank ("The Color of Monday") is the author and illustrator of the novels Better than Running at Night (Houghton Mifflin 2002), I Can’t Tell You (Houghton Mifflin 2004), and the forthcoming Normal, ME (Penguin 2010). She is also a contributor to a variety of public radio programs, including This American Life, Studio 360, and Weekend America. She lives in Philadelphia.
Photograph by Richard Frank
JONATHAN MARC SHERMAN
"The Death of the Party"
Jonathan Marc Sherman ("The Death of the Party") is a playwright who lives in New York City. His plays include Things We Want, Sons and Fathers, Evolution, Wonderful Time, Women and Wallace, Veins and Thumbtacks, and Sophistry. His hobby is writing about himself in the third person.
"A Mystic at Heart"
Minna Proctor ("A Mystic at Heart") is the author of Do You Hear What I Hear? Religious Calling, the Priesthood, and My Father.
Adam Mansbach’s ("Risk, Taking") new novel The End of the Jews is available now from Spiegel & Grau/Doubleday. His formal religious education concluded in 1988, when he was expelled from the So You Think You Might Be Jewish Sunday School and Grill.
"The Death of Personal Blogs"
Emily Gould ("The Death of Personal Blogs") is a former editor of Gawker.com. She is the author of a young adult novel, Hex Education, and an enormous number of blog posts.
"Herring in Heaven"
Nathaniel Deutsch ("Herring in Heaven") is a professor at Swarthmore College, where he teaches courses on Judaism, Gnosticism, and other subjects. The recipient of a Guggenheim, Deutsch has two forthcoming books: Inventing America's “Worst” Family: Eugenics, Islam, and the Fall and Rise of the Tribe of Ishmael (University of California Press) and The People’s Torah: Life, Death, and Ethnography in the Jewish Pale of Settlement (Harvard University Press).
Shelley Salamensky ("Postcards from Birobidzhan") is writing on ideas of home, artificial homelands, and attempts at “homefulness” atop the ruins of our metaphysically homeless global civilization. She is an assistant professor of performance studies at UCLA and lives, somehow, in both Los Angeles and New York City.
"Who is the Hebrew Girl Murderer of East New York?"
Eddy Portnoy ("Who is the Hebrew Girl Murderer of East New York?") is not a manufacturer of three-riveted segar knives, nor is he employed as a streetcar conductor. He seems to be a historian who lives uptown.
"How Could She?"
Jessica Lamb-Shapiro ("How Could She?") has published fiction in McSweeney’s, Open City, and Index Magazine, and nonfiction in The Believer, Jane, and Tokion. She has an MFA in Fiction from Columbia and is currently working on a nonfiction book and a novel.
"A Death to End All Deaths"
Patricia Marx ("A Death to End All Deaths") writes comedy because she is too shallow to do anything else. Her latest novel is Him Her Him Again The End of Him.
"Pop 'em in Yiddish"
Alyssa Quint ("Pop 'em in Yiddish") lives in New York City and is a part-time lecturer at Princeton University and a regular contributor to Forward. She lectures and writes on Yiddish theater and culture.
"Pop 'em in Yiddish"
Eric L. Goldstein ("Pop 'em in Yiddish") is associate professor of history and Jewish Studies at Emory University in Atlanta. He is the author of The Price of Whiteness: Jews, Race and American Identity (2006) and is currently at work on a book on the popular literature of Yiddish-speaking immigrants to America.
"Murder from Rogers Park"
Stephen Elliott ("Murder from Rogers Park") is the author of six books, including the novel Happy Baby. He is also the editor of four books, including the fiction anthology Sex for America.
Maria Tumarkin ("Traumascapes") was born in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is the author of Traumascapes (2005) and Courage (2007).
"Dust to Dust"
David Marchese ("Dust to Dust") is a writer living in Brooklyn. His work has appeared in Salon.com, The Village Voice, Spin, and Wax Poetics, and been anthologized in the Da Capo Best Music Writing series. Though still able to recite a good chunk of his Bar Mitzvah portion, he feels spiritually closer to Marc Bolan than Maimonides.
JESSE AARON COHEN
Jesse Aaron Cohen ("Ghost World") lives in Brooklyn and works as a photo archivist at the YIVO Institute, a Yiddish library and archive in New York. He also plays synthesizer and drums for the band Professor Murder.
"Memorial to My Cynicism"
Jonathan Lethem ("Memorial to My Cynicism") is the author of The Disappointment Artist and nine other books. He lives in Brooklyn and Maine.
"Dying for the Story"
Joel Simon ("Dying for the Story") is executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists.
"The Time Capsule"
Eli S. Evans ("The Time Capsule") is a writer living in a barn.