Dear Readers

From: The writers and editors of Magnificent NoseTo: Our dear readers We love you all dearly. You've read what we wrote, been kind to us, and encouraged us. Of course, we'd like it very much of there were more of you--it sometimes feels like we're writing to a room of crickets--but we know that you're … Continue reading Dear Readers

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Fake It Till You Make It

Fake it till you make it. It’s such a common saying. If you don’t know what you’re saying, or what you’re doing, just pretend you do. Pretend you’re in control... and surely, at some point, you really will be. Everything will fall into place if only you keep bluffing your way through. I’ve been playing … Continue reading Fake It Till You Make It

God Bless Us, Every One

During a ski trip to Vermont, I once saw a foot and a half of snow come down overnight. Not only was the powdery fluff great--a rarity in East Coast skiing, I'm told--but the roads were not too shabby either. Jersey snowstorms are weirdly torturous. Even when we get quite a lot of snow, it's … Continue reading God Bless Us, Every One

As Numerous as the Stars in the Heavens

When young Jewish people come of age, we're traditionally called to the torah for the first time. And so, at his bar-mitzvah, my nephew would be reading the portion known as Lehk Lekha. I made my niece sister a painting for her bat-mitzvah. So of course I would be doing the same for my nephew. … Continue reading As Numerous as the Stars in the Heavens

Movie Review: Only God Forgives

Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn’s 2011 film Drive was a fairly major sensation. Mixing the sensibilities of an art film with the qualities of a big-budget action flick, Drive became a critical darling with its stylistic violence and pulsing synth-laden soundtrack. Its lead actor, Ryan Gosling who was more known from schmalzy romance films, became … Continue reading Movie Review: Only God Forgives

Chocolate-Coated Memories

Sweaty. Hot. Disgusting. Welcome to summer in Australia. One of my fondest memories of summer is the ice-cream man. He would come round with his blue and white truck plastered with the name "Home Ice-Cream". If you ran along behind the truck, there were mouth watering pictures of all the different ice-blocks he had for … Continue reading Chocolate-Coated Memories

You Had Surgery Where?

My beloved asked me this week if I had seen the photos going viral of the contestants in the Miss Korea 2013 pageant. Of course he wasn't actually aware that the photos were contestants until I pointed it out. Being Korean himself, he gets his share of Asian pinup girl photos in his inbox and … Continue reading You Had Surgery Where?

A Filipino Christmas: Family Seen and Unseen

“Why do Filipinos send Christmas cards to the dead?” I asked my mother. She was doing the daily crossword puzzle in my kitchen, just before Thanksgiving. “What?” She drew her brows together, kept her eyes on the crossword. “We don’t.” “Sure you do. You always sent Lola a Christmas card and a birthday card. Delia … Continue reading A Filipino Christmas: Family Seen and Unseen

Chinese New Year in Australia

When I was a child, there was one celebration I looked forward to more than Christmas. “Blasphemy!” I hear some of you say. Let me put it this way. During Christmas, you get presents in nice gift-wrapped packages, and what you get tends to be pot luck. During Chinese New Year, however, you get cold, … Continue reading Chinese New Year in Australia

A Jewish Christmas

"On the fifteenth day of the seventh month when you gather the land's produce, you shall celebrate YHWH's holiday seven days. [...] And on the first day you shall take fruit of appealing trees, branches of palms, boughs of thick trees, and willows of a wadi, and you shall be happy in front of YHWH, … Continue reading A Jewish Christmas