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Michele Byers is professor at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She just finished reading I Love to Watch and wonders about an alternate universe where her love affair with Buffy the Vampire Slayer turned into a job as a TV critic for The New Yorker rather than a PhD (about Buffy).
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Thinking in Yiddish

Michele Byers reflects on learning Yiddish during lockdown. Not knowing Yiddish is one of those things I’ve been lamenting most of my life. And, in a way, the lamentation is itself as much a part of my secular Jewish identity as knowing Yiddish might have been. I expect that it’s like this for a lot […]


Clueless at 25: a chance to reflect on Jewish girls in pop culture

In this second piece on the film, Michele Byers reflects on Clueless after 25 years. Full disclosure… I love Clueless.  Seriously. I’m not sure if it was Alicia Silverstone’s shiny, perfectly straight hair, her BFF Stacey Dash (those hats!), the witty repartee with her dad (‘I couldn’t be happier than if they were based on real grades!’), her […]

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