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Hi, I'm Jami Attenberg. I write books, and much, much more. My fourth book, The Middlesteins, came out in 2012. You can order it here or here. My fifth book, Saint Mazie, will be published in 2015.

Also I like dogs and fighting crime.

This is the fifth place to find me on the internet. Please don't tell me I need a sixth.

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How many times have I walked by this lot and thought: you are the only thing left in this neighborhood worth anything

Wounded sparrow

Happy birthday dumpster

hobbies: biking, yoga, my dog, existential crises.


Big learning day over here for Chad.


Lazar: In hindsight, I must have been looking for a way to write about Jewishness that somehow managed to minimize irony and self-deprecation. The root was Meyer Lansky and his persisting desire to live in Israel. What about Israel suggested to him a life of dignity, meaning, and value, when he was in no way a pious Jew? That gave me a way to write about any secular Jew’s desire for dignity, meaning, value, etc. By writing about the “bad” man’s search for meaning, I was able to make that search matter in a more dramatic way (for me, at least) than if I had written about a “good” person’s search.

Rumpus: I call myself a bad Jew all the time, although I do not think I am the worst Jew.

Lazar: You are not the worst Jew—that would be Bernie Madoff. There are bad Jews and there are badass Jews. You’re more of a badass Jew.


Apparently it is National Siblings Day on Facebook. First I got very bitter and then I got very annoying posting happy “sister” pictures with my friends and sister-in-not-quite-law. Only children rule!



Another Damn Rape Poem.