When I was a child, I had to write essays for my allowance–$1 per page–which suggested a link between writing and money that I have been trying to substantiate ever since.
I wrote my first book, The Neppi Modona Diaries (UPNE), soon after receiving my bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature at Dartmouth College. The Neppi Modona Diaries tells the sometimes conflicting stories of a family of Jews who suffered under Fascist racial laws in Italy and went into hiding to survive the Nazi invasion. It also explores my own perspective as a post-Holocaust, non-believing Jew at the end of the twentieth century. In A Walk Down the Aisle: Notes on a Modern Wedding, I chronicled my wedding to a man with whom I had lived for eight years, carefully examining the American wedding ritual, as hard to resist as it is functionally outdated.
I enjoy the challenge of writing for a variety of clients–an architect, a health insurer, a music school–and, on their behalf, tackling every form, from email newsletter to documentary voiceover to thank-you note. I work often and happily as a line editor, freelancing for both publishers and authors.
I am a Contributing Columnist at The Washington Post; see my author page here. My essays can also be found in Slate, Salon, Fine Cooking, Bustle, Buzzfeed, Brain Child Magazine, and The Forward. You can hear me on 51%, a nationally syndicated public radio show about women, and WAMC’s The Roundtable and Midday Magazine. I am writing a book about raising my children as atheists. I’ve got three of them, one husband, and forty chickens; we all live on a farm in Albany, New York.
Far-Right Folks, Go Ahead and Take the Betsy Ross Flag. I Have My Own, The Washington Post
Pete Buttigieg, Please Don’t Equate Religion With Morality, The Washington Post
Car Ride With Lena, The Washington Post
America’s Problem with Atheists in the White House, The Washington Post
Some Baby, Brainchild Magazine
Grace for an Atheist Thanksgiving, Patheos