Top 20 Jews In The Arts - Yael Goldstein Love

Day 14 features novelist and short story author, Yael Goldstein Love.

Published: April 25th 2011
in Culture » Books

Yael Goldstein Love.

Over the next 20 days, ShalomLife will be presenting the Top 20 Jews In The Arts. One artist will be featured a day from various disciplines including visual arts, acting, writing, comedy and music.


We sent the participating artists the same 30 questions with instructions to answer all, or just a few. Have fun learning about these fascinating individuals, and please check back daily to compare their answers. Enjoy!




Yael Goldstein Love


Yael Goldstein Love was born and raised in Highland Park, NJ, and attended the Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva. The final tweaks to her education came at Harvard, where she ignored her grandmother's many warnings and studied philosophy.

After graduating college, Yael began work on her first novel and supported herself with jobs as a bartender, waitress, secretary, event planner, writer for Sparknotes Study Guides, admissions consultant and publishing assistant for The Paris Review. 

Her writing has appeared in numerous publications including Commentary, The Atlantic Online, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Literary Review, Jewcy and in the two National Jewish Book Award-winning anthologies Who We Are: On Being (And Not Being) A Jewish American Writer and Promised Lands: New Jewish American Fiction on Longing and Belonging. She is also the author of one novel with two names, Overture (Doubleday, 2007) and The Passion of Tasha Darsky (Broadway Books, 2008). In 2010 she was named by Jewcy magazine as one of the “100 Jews You Should Know About.”   

Yael currently lives in San Francisco, where she is a visiting scholar at the Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford. She is at work on her second novel and studying to become a psychotherapist. Her hobbies include eating, worrying and interstate moves. You can visit her at




Where do you go when your lacking inspiration?


To my computer. If I waited for inspiration to strike, I’d never get anything done. Plus, I’ve noticed over the years that the writing I produce when I am feeling most “inspired” tends to be my worst. I’m too accepting of what comes out of my brain unedited.




Where's your favourite place to travel to?


I hate to travel. I realize that to most people saying you hate to travel is like saying you hate happiness, but I am all for happiness. I just prefer to get my happiness at home.




Do you have any pets? Tell us about them.


I have a magnificent tuxedo cat who lives with my ex on the other side of the country. I miss him desperately. I look at pictures of him on Facebook almost every day. Everyone should. He deserves a wider audience.




Who, in your opinion, is the most beautiful person on earth?


My mother. I’m still that kid.




Are you religious? Spiritual? Nothing at all?


I was raised Orthodox and left that lifestyle behind at the first opportunity. Now I guess I’d say I’m an agnostic with a strong hunch that God doesn’t exist, but sometimes when I’m walking outside on a nice day or sitting and reading a great book or just looking at someone I love I feel blasted with gratefulness and joy, and I thank someone in those moments without bothering to wonder who or what it is I’m thanking.




What's your favourite movie?


The Double Life of Veronique.




TV Show?


Veronica Mars.






Too hard.




If you weren't working in the arts, what would you be doing?


I’m currently training to be a psychotherapist, so I guess if I weren’t a writer I’d be devoting more time to that. I also have a fantasy about becoming a police detective. A few years ago, when I was living in Boston, I actually looked into applying to be a cadet but it turned out I was too old. I was only 30! That was a bummer, but probably a good thing in retrospect. I don’t cut a very intimidating figure, even with a gun. Also, I’m a coward.


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