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Melanie Chartoff
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Melanie Chartoff is an actress ("Desperate Housewives," "Seinfeld," "Rugrats,") humor columnist (Jewlarious, One for the Table), director ("Extraordinary Faith" for EWTN) residing in Los Angeles.

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Monuments Men Adjacent, The Roses Underneath

(4) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 11:22 AM

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In The Roses Underneath, a confident first novel by C.F. Yetmen, the details of one German female's wily survival skills are in the forefront against the backdrop of the Monuments Men cataloguing fine art stolen, sold and hidden during the Holocaust.

Anna struggles...

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Henry Ford's Mass Production of Hate Meets Its Match

(1) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 1:55 PM

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Aaron Sapiro in front of the Saskatoon Wheat Exhibit, King Rose Archives

Curse that Michael Rose. Small talk is impossible for this man of infectious interests and achievements. Prior conversations left me enchanted with his remarkable pictorial "Elvis" book, "Elvis:...

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Fan Richard Foos Finally Frees Fridays' DVD's

(2) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 6:10 PM

Once upon a time, some iconoclastic comic actors and wildly original writers were assembled to copy a hit TV show's style, and despite format limits, managed to distinguish themselves in bleeding edge ways. Staggering under the pressure of performing live with little network support and lots of censor intervention, they...

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Hanukkah Hook Up at the Genius Bar

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2012 | 3:29 PM

The stench of my desperation split the Red Sea of addicts as, wild eyed, I made a beeline for the hallowed Bar of Geniuses. Decimated, starved for insight -- a prisoner of a cell phone I couldn't comprehend -- I'd parked illegally, defying security in the bowels of the mall,...

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Standup Guys: The Book!

(2) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 10:07 AM

Not to be confused with, yet reminiscent of the current movie with the same name (both feature many depressing nights in bars) , Standup Guys: A Generation of Laughs by John DeBellis, is one of the most hilarious histories of any era you'll ever read. It puts Kerns' Team of...

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Spine-tingling"Spiderman"--for All the Wrong Reasons

(4) Comments | Posted January 4, 2011 | 8:04 PM

As "Spiderman" the Spectacle careens toward its opening, despite costly delays, a cacophony of controversies, serious human and technical mishaps and injuries, it looks likely to be a critic proof hit, in terms of paying off its producers and insurance premiums. Perhaps the endangerment or public death of some "Spiderpeople"...

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Will U B My Good Enough Valentine?

(13) Comments | Posted February 4, 2010 | 5:46 PM

I had this friend J.J. (not her real initials). With her biological clock on alarm, this publisher, a pillar of her community, fell madly in love with the man of her dreams: tall, dark, handsome, smart, successful, loved kids...in fact, he was married and had three of them.

For...

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Kindle Your Kids?

(22) Comments | Posted January 18, 2010 | 6:29 PM

My fondest memories of childhood are of Aunt Vivian, my very first audiobook, reading to me from the Golden Book of the Bible when I was three.

Immersed in her ample lap, her adoring voice broadcasting stereophonically through her bosoms, I absorbed the sensationalistic stories and lush illustrations of baby...

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Dreidel Mania

(3) Comments | Posted December 14, 2009 | 1:37 PM

The rate of change on our spinning Earth these days is dizzying. Amazing advances render familiar things obsolete and replace them with new concepts so quickly that Mr. Webster can hardly keep up with michiginah slang suddenly made kosher by common coinage.

And we start indoctrinating our too precocious kindelach...

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A Latke Lament

(7) Comments | Posted December 9, 2009 | 3:12 PM

As a child, I was reared near the Lender family, heirs to the bagel empire spawned in my hometown, New Haven, Connecticut. Not satisfied with the a$toni$hing $ucce$$ of their local bakeries, the wonders of their split level ranch home, its iron jockeys with actual horses, their bagel shaped pool,...

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We Shot A Moose - Recipe for Sarah's Stew

(4) Comments | Posted October 29, 2009 | 1:46 PM

To you this may just be a hearty, jaw-strengthening meal, but to Todd and me it had all the makings of our great romance, with dessert showing up not quite nine months later.

We met at Alaska Secession War Dance Bingo and Todd asked me out. When he took...

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