Literary Death Match—Unscrolled


Date/Time: Thursday, Nov 14 | 6:30–8:30pm Get Tickets
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About the Program

The raucous, yet literary sensibilities of the Literary Death Match team up with Reboot for a unique spin on the immensely popular series. The oldest story ever told will be retold with a deliciously modern spin. Jewish authors read selections from Reboot's Unscrolled, a modern interpretation of the torah written by some of today’s best known writers. Jewish judges include Rabbi David Kasher, comedian Nato Green, and last year’s LDM: All Jew Review finalist Zarina Zabrinsky.  Authors include Rebecca Bortman, Josh Healey, Caitlin Roper, and Ben Greenman, hosted by LDM's Adrian Todd Zuniga. Unscrolled is supported by the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund and by the Koret Foundation. Wine donated by Shoe Shine Wines.

Rebecca Bortman is a freelance user experience designer. Before venturing out on her own, she spent three years at YouTube, leading design on the site’s first visual refresh. Rebecca also sings in the war-painted art-punk duo Happy Fangs. The band just released its first EP in October.

Nato Green was summed up by The East Bay Express as, “erudite and acerbic, a San Francisco-raised father, union organizer, gastronome, bibliophile, and political sparkplug.” His first comedy album, The Nato Green Party, was released by Rooftop Comedy. Green has been named San Francisco's Best Comedian by the SF Weekly, Huffington Post, and CBS. Green wrote for Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell on FX and created Iron Comic, a comedy game show he co-hosts with Moshe Kasher.  

Ben Greenman is an editor at the New Yorker and the author of several acclaimed books of fiction, including Superbad, Superworse, and A Circle is a Balloon and Compass Both: Stories About Human Love, and the new novel The Slippage. He also wrote, with Questlove, the bestselling hip-hop memoir Mo' Meta Blues.

Josh Healey is an award-winning writer, performer, and creative activist. Fusing his distinct storytelling style with subversive humor and a fiery love for justice, Healey has been featured in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and is a regular performer on NPR’s Snap Judgment.

Rabbi David Kasher attended rabbinical school at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah and was ordained in 2007. He received his master’s in law in 2012 and is currently writing his doctoral dissertation on religious and secular jurisprudence.

Caitlin Roper is a senior editor at Wired. She has worked in film and has contributed to The Moth, Pop-Up magazine, and The Los Angeles Times, amongst other outlets. Before Wired, she was managing editor of The Paris Review. She lives in San Francisco.

Zarina Zabrisky is the author of short story collections IRON and A CUTE TOMBSTONE and a novel We, Monsters. Her work is published in six countries. She is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee and a recipient of 2013 Acker Award.


Zarina Zabrinsky photo by SAMM; Josh Healey photo by Yvan Iturriaga. 



Public Programs and New Media Initiatives at The Contemporary Jewish Museum are made possible with lead support from The Jim Joseph Foundation. Major support has been provided by the Leavitt Family and supporting sponsorship comes from The Toole Family Charitable Foundation, David B. Gold Foundation, In Memory of Benjamin Alpert.



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