Episode #142: “Kushner redux, art vs. commerce.”

Join us in the Twilight Lounge for an evening of high and low culture, unseen hand-waving, in-depth discussions of the value of art versus commerce, the meaning of the word “career” and Rosen’s ill-advised flirtation with the music of the Grateful Dead. Is he being driven crazy by the heat or has Goldbrener’s circuitous debate style finally pushed him so far that hippie iconography somehow seems a reasonable, safe harbor of retreat?

Fortunately, no. Meanwhile, motorcyclists are tearing through die-ins and we ask:

Can Jared Kushner bring peace to the Middle East?

In a word, no; but not for reasons you’d think. Settle in as Goldbrener lays out his strategy for long-term sustainability in the Middle East. Hint: it has nothing to do with anything Jared Kushner can do during his solo visit to Israel.

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In this instance, Eric is wrong.

Episode #141: “Wonder Woman, Swiss Cops, Corbyn.”

After a month-long hiatus, the Twilight Lounge is once again open for business. Episode #141 finds the boys ruminating on Rosen’s run-ins with angry Swiss policemen and The Most Interesting Overweight Man in France, then pivoting onto more serious topics like Jeremy Corbyn and the world’s exhaustion with the Jewish experience. Finally, after touching on the “new” read of the Six Day War, they move into the main event, asking:

 Is Wonder Woman good for the Jews?

There is no way the likes of Linda Sarsour and the BDS crowd can dim the shining allure of Gal Gadot, IDF veteran, Miss Israel 2007 and a true sensation as DC Comics’ newest star. No matter how many boycotts and thought pieces asking whether she’s a “true feminist,” the only thing that makes the boys question their Gadot enthusiasm is  the looming specter of the “real” Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter.

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Episode #140: “Neil Diamond, Rosen rants.”

A week away finds the boys brimming with energy, which Rosen unfortunately uses as fuel for his latest San Francisco rant, which eventually veers into crackpot territory. Fortunately, Goldbrener has his back, creating a safe space that allows Rosen to present his next conundrum: well-meaning but anti-semitic landlords. Next up: an attempt to pump up Lag B’Omer, a long inevitable study of DJT’s latest, Goldbrener’s love of foot massages and then:

 Is Neil Diamond good for the Jews?

To Goldbrener, this is an open-and-shut case; of course the Solitary Man is good for the Jews! But hold on; Rosen is not so sure. The timing of “The Jazz Singer” led to blonde girls singing “Kol Nidre” at his high school and he recalls an adolescence when Diamond’s Jewfro and bedazzled shirts made life difficult for low-key Jews. There’s no arguing Neil’s songwriting chops, but why couldn’t he be cool like Lou Reed?

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