THE BIG TIME, SORT OF*
My Urban Kvetch has gone viral. Not in a Breakout (starring Dustin, Rene and Marcel the Monkey) kind of way. But someone I don't know mentioned my blog in an article in Moment magazine. It was a throwaway mention and the context was wrong, but thought I'd share it with you anyway.
The article (written by Wendy Dickstein) was titled "For Web Eyes Only," and focused on the proliferation of Israeli blogs, including Allison Kaplan Sommer's An Unsealed Room. The paragraph that mentioned MUK:
About 30 of the most widely read Israeli blogs are written in English, created by American expatriates like Sommer and Judy Balint (Jerusalem Diaries) or by native Israelis seeking an international audience. Many have whimsical names like My Urban Kvetch, The View From Here, If I Forget Thee and Israelly Cool...this quirky digital medium offers something major newspapers do not: a window into the minds of Israel's computer-savvy citizens.
Cool mention. And I'm honored to be in the company of the aforementioned bloggers (though I would have included Chayyei Sarah and On the Face). But ("can I get a fact check, please?") I'm not an Israeli. At least I wasn't the last time I checked. If I am, unknowingly, Israeli, I'm probably in trouble for missing the big Israeli blogger bash, and am a de facto poseur for attending NY-area blogger gatherings. Maybe I am Israeli and don't know it. That'd be odd.
But, come to think of it, NYC is where I was for the High Holy Days. And my Metrocard (instead of the "Chofshi Chodshi") gets me on the subway (instead of the bus). And we have bodegas instead of makolets. Yep, all clues point to my being a New Yorker.
The good news: I'd be more than happy to talk to the article's author to tell her that my site, while not an Israeli blog, is more than just a whimsical name. It's a movement.**
*But am still willing to consider incredibly well-paying jobs and assignments.
**Disclaimer: Not actually a movement.