About Jason Diamond

I'm the former editor-in-chief of this hot dog stand

The Jewish President

By February 16, 2010

While it’s mostly a ceremonial title, you have to admit, President Albert Einstein has a nice ring to it. In 1952, with the death of Israel’s first president, Chaim Weizmann, the idea didn’t seem that far-fetched to then-Prime Minister David … Read More

Being a Guy, Nora Ephron, and Valentine’s Day Plans

By February 12, 2010

This statement has gotten me into more than a few arguments: When you watch one of Nora Ephron’s films, it sort of feels like it was written by Woody Allen’s well-adjusted sister. With that said, I’m a huge fan of … Read More

A Sam Lipsyte Primer

By February 11, 2010

As Lincoln Michael of The Faster Times points out, you have about a month left to prepare yourself for The Ask, the newest novel by writer Sam Lipsyte. For those unfamiliar with any of Lipsyte’s past work, this gives you … Read More

The Jew and The Condom

By February 11, 2010

I’m sure there have been times when you’re sitting around on your lunch break, looking dully down at your salad, thinking to yourself, "I wonder who invented this spork?"  While the question of the genesis of the spoon-plus-fork is one … Read More

The Ghosts of Beirut’s Jewish Past

By February 10, 2010

A new book is out in Lebanon, written by BBC journalist Nada Abdelsamad: "Wadi Abu Jamil: Stories about the Jews of Beirut", and it’s profiled by the LA Times today. Since the book has yet to be translated into English … Read More

Gary Shteyngart Becomes American

By January 29, 2010

Unless there is a secret pocket of Choctaw Indians that look at this site, I’m going on under the assumption that very few of us are actual “native Americans.” And if I could go out on even more of a … Read More