Moishe’s Queer and Wild Rumpus

Moishe's Queer and Wild Rumpus

In this episode, we speak with Golan Moskowitz, Assistant Professor in the Department of Jewish Studies at Tulane University, about Maurice Sendak. Golan discusses Sendak, the beloved author and illustrator of picture books, with sensitivity to the interplay between queer, Jewish, immigrant, and traumatic elements of Sendak’s life and expressiveness. Golan shares poignant analysis of Sendak’s career in the broader context of assimilation into dominant American society, the Holocaust, gay liberation, and the AIDS crisis. Golan is the author of Wild Visionary: Maurice Sendak in Queer Jewish Context.

Golan draws from Kathryn Bond Stockton‘s concept of queer children “growing sideways” in his research and throughout the episode.

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This episode featured music from the Sephardic group, Voice of the Turtle (

  • “En El Kamino De La ‘Skola” from the album Under Aegean Moons: Music of the Spanish Jews of Rhodes and Salonika
  • “Madres Amargadas” from the album Full Circle: Music of the Spanish Jews of Jerusalem
  • “Minouche” from the album From the Shores of the Golden Horn: Music of the Spanish Jews of Turkey

This episode featured music from Blue Dot Sessions (

  • “Borough” from the album Molerider
  • “Capilla” from the album Castle Danger
  • “Great Great Lengths” from the album The Baloonist
  • “Trenton Channel” from the album Reflections
  • “Arian Vale” from the album Cauldron