Tom Teicholz is an award winning journalist and producer who has created print, video and social media content for Intel, The Museum of Tolerance and The Milken Family Foundation; and whose work has appeared on The Huffington Post, Newsweek.com, The NY Times Magazine, and The LA Times Op-Ed page. He also has ghostwritten, edited and published essays, treatises and books for private clients.
“The King of popular comedy is dead,” proclaimed Le Figaro after Gerard Oury, one of France’s most successful directors (if not its most successful) died on Thursday, July 20, at his home in St. Tropez. I know Oury’s work because as a teenager I went with my mother to New York’s 68th Street Playhouse, an […]Click here for reuse options!
In college, I wrote the same literature essay over and over again. Regardless of the novel, its plot or its country of origin, I found that I could always work up four pages on the subject of “Life vs. Death.” My ideas on this subject were not particularly original. In a high school English class, […]Click here for reuse options!
For the 20th anniversary issue of The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles, it was suggested that I write a column about Jewish journalism. Herewith the result: Jewish journalism is a much-maligned enterprise — it cries out like the late Rodney Dangerfield for respect. No one really admits to reading a Jewish newspaper. “It comes to […]Click here for reuse options!
Paul Schimmel, the Museum of Contemporary Art”s (MOCA) chief curator, wants us to spend our summer looking back — 50 or so years to around the time of his birth, and to the city where he grew up, New York, to focus on the remarkable work of a young, poor and not-yet-famous Robert Rauschenberg, who […]Click here for reuse options!
Scott Steindorff is a happy man. A successful movie and TV producer, his NBC series, “Las Vegas,” just got picked up for another season; he won a Golden Globe for the HBO miniseries, “Empire Falls,” starring Paul Newman, and produced the feature film of Philip Roth’s “The Human Stain” with Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman. […]Click here for reuse options!
How does an idea come to life? How is it that someone has an idea — an idea that he or she believes will help change the world — and it actually takes flight? I’m not sure anyone really knows how that process occurs, only that it does. Just ask Zade. Zade Dirani, 26, is […]Click here for reuse options!
Here’s a strange coincidence: Both my doctor and my rabbi share the same leisure pursuit: They are passionate about attending rock concerts. U2, The Stones, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen — If they perform, my good doctors of the body and the soul will attend. They both say it’s their way of relaxing from the stress […]Click here for reuse options!
On April 7, 1944, Rudolf Vrba escaped from Auschwitz, one of very few to do so; he died recently at age 81, a professor of pharmacology at the University of Vancouver, British Columbia. Vrba once said that he spent 95 percent of his life on science and 5 percent on the Holocaust. It is worth […]Click here for reuse options!
The recent publication of “A Writer at War: Vasily Grossman With the Red Army, 1941-1945” (Pantheon) brings attention to a writer who deserves to be better known and whose personal story illuminates the tragic dimension of Russian Jewry during the Communist era. Grossman (1905-1964) was a journalist as well as the author of short stories […]Click here for reuse options!
A few weeks ago, the Paris-based world music ensemble Les Yeux Noirs performed at Royce Hall as part of UCLA Live. Led by brothers Olivier and Eric Slabiak, violin virtuosos who are the Paris-born grandchildren of Polish Jewish immigrants, Les Yeux Noirs played improvisations on Russian, Yiddish, Romanian and Roma songs, as well as their […]Click here for reuse options!