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Kirkus Reviews “How I Married Karen”

Tweet I’ve always been ambivalent about critics and their reviews of my work. I confess to being stung by bad reviews and, of course, elated by good ones. Remaining indifferent has never been an option. When one of my films gets slammed, I tell myself stuff like: “What do they know?” or “Hey, if they’re […]

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How I Married Karen Thirty-Six Years Ago Today

Tweet Today is our 36th wedding anniversary. But as readers of Seraphic Secret know, I have been helplessly, hopelessly in love with Karen ever since the fourth grade, when I first saw her on the playground of our elementary school, Yeshiva of Flatbush. Without Karen, I never would have accomplished very much in life. It […]

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Friday Photos: Random

Tweet Totally random selection of photos today. Enjoy!

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Hollywood: I Drive Therefore I am Free

Tweet The automobile represents freedom. You climb into a car and go, go, go, whenever and wherever you want. The car is modern man’s path to liberty. Contrast cars with trains. Railroads are an expression of the collective. Individual identity is erased. You are at the mercy of a state-controlled system that turns  citizens into passive […]

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How I Married Karen, The EBook

Tweet At last, How I Married Karen, the story of my perfect imperfection, has been published as an ebook. I fell hopelessly and helplessly in love with Karen when we were fourth-grade classmates in the Yeshivah of Flatbush. In this true life story, an unorthodox Orthodox memoir, I detail an all-consuming love that struck at age […]

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How I Married Karen: The EBook

Tweet At last, How I Married Karen, the story of my perfect imperfection, has been published as an ebook. I fell hopelessly and helplessly in love with Karen when we were fourth-grade classmates in the Yeshivah of Flatbush. In this true life story, an unorthodox Orthodox memoir, I detail an all-consuming love that struck at age […]

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Endless Love: Happy 35th Anniversary

Tweet I have been in love with my wife Karen since I was nine years old, which is to say for most of my life. We were married in 1977. Today is our 35th anniversary. I’m republishing the first and final chapter of my series How I Married Karen as a tribute to my wife […]

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I Only Want To Be With You

Tweet Consider this a footnote to my series: How I Married Karen. First the song, then the story:   A few days ago I was watching a movie when suddenly, in the middle of a scene, Dusty Springfield’s “I Only Want To Be With You” kicked in over the soundtrack. So riveted was I by […]

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Endless Love: Happy 34th Anniversary

Tweet Karen and I enter Yichud, June 19, 1977. Tweet Today is our 34th wedding anniversary. I have been in love with Karen since we were nine year-old children attending Yeshiva Flatbush elementary school in Brooklyn. This is an excerpt from How I Married Karen and details the moments right after the Chuppah. Alone Together […]

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Karen’s Radar

Tweet Organizing one of our closets, like Schliemann excavating Troy, Karen makes a major discovery. “Hey, did you know that we have our graduation autograph books from eighth grade?” Karen and I attended Yeshiva of Flatbush elementary school together. I fell in love with Karen when we were in third grade. In 1964, we were […]

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That Uncertain Feeling

Tweet Karen at a family wedding. I fell in love with this girl. Karen looks at me and says: “There’s some kind of mix-up with our flight back to L.A.” Briefly: something to do with an on-line reservation that, somehow, got lost in cyberspace. Anyway, Karen has to get back for an important meeting. I’m […]

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Endless Love: A Brief Treatise

Tweet Scene One: Saturday “Yes, but how can you really know someone? How can you know that the love is real?” I go: “I knew, I always knew.” Karen and I are hosting the Los Angeles Sheva B’rachot for Offspring #3 and her wonderful husband. A close friend, the wife of a fine physician, happily […]

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Script

Tweet Robert first laid eyes on Karen when they were both nine-years-old, students in Yeshiva of Flatbush grade school. Thus began a love affair that defined and continues to define Robert’s existence. This series tells the story of… How I Married Karen — Chapter 40 “Can I read the screenplay?” “Um…” I am my usual […]

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Seraphic Wedding Anniversary: 31

Tweet Today, June 19, is our 31st wedding anniversary. I have been in love with my wife Karen since I was 9-years-old and we were both students at Yeshiva of Flatbush Elementary School in Brooklyn. I have adored and been devoted to Karen for most of my life. Every morning I wake and say to […]

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Two Tales of the Past

Tweet The continuing story of the author’s love for his wife, Karen. It began when Robert was 9-years old, in the fourth grade in Yeshiva Flatbush. It’s a long, story complicated story. How I Married Karen — Chapter 39 “Look at the body on that woman.” I have just asked the famous director about his […]

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Backstory

Tweet The continuing story of the author’s love for his wife, Karen. It began when Robert was 9-years old, in the fourth grade in Yeshiva Flatbush. It’s a long story and this series will continue for… Well, actually, I have no idea how long it will go on. I guess until I finish telling the […]

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The Seam, The Sword & Belle

Tweet “One of the truly sad, no tragic developments in modern romance is that we males have no way of displaying our manly virtues to the women we adore. Somewhere along the way somebody got the terrible idea that men no longer need to be, well, men; that we should to be tamed, made more […]

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Alone in Yichud

Tweet I love this chapter running in Virtual Jerusalem this week. From my How I Married Karen series: Alone in Yichud. Finally, now that we’re married, I work up the courage to confess to Karen that I’ve been in love with her since 4th grade. And Karen, cool as ice, hits me with a response–just […]

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My Ugetzu

Tweet “I realize that Karen will civilize me. I understand that the role of women has always been to take the clay of boys and make us into men…” One of my favorite chapters of How I Married Karen. From Virtual Jerusalem My Ugetzu

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When Worlds Collide

Tweet Funny how things work out. Karen and I are about to leave for Israel for the unveiling for Karen’s father ZT’L. And this week, Virtual Jerusalem, the fine website serializing my How I Married Karen story, is running the very chapter where I ask Rabbi Singer’s permission to marry Karen. As they say in […]

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