Authored "Love, etc." (1979)
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[on teaching a course on Jewish humor at Hunter College] We were not just telling jokes. We were investigating why so many comedians are Jewish and so many Jewish jokes are so self-accusing. It goes back to immigration from the shtetl, from that poverty, and because the Jew was the object of so much opprobrium and hatred. The jokes were a defense mechanism: 'We're going to talk about ourselves in...
In the 1940s, she wanted to sell a story to Esquire magazine, which took a dim view of submissions by women. She began signing her work with the more androgynous first name Bel.