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New York: Shimshon Stüart Siegel

Shimshon Stüart Siegel

Name: My name keeps changing. I was born with the name Stuart Bennett Siegel. In high school, I added an umlaut to the “u,” so, Stüart. In Israel, I started using my Hebrew name, Shimshon (“Samson”), so now my professional name is Shimshon Stüart Siegel, but I also go by Shimshi, Stü, Shimstu, Samson.

Hometown: I grew up in South Florida.

Other recent residences: Atlanta, Cincinnati, Brooklyn, the West Bank.

Currently residing in: Jerusalem.

Why Israel? I came as part of a rabbinic studies program, then switched to a different school, then quit that one. Looks like I won’t be a rabbi any time soon, but I did become an Israeli citizen.

What are you doing there now? Trying to perfect my Hebrew, working as a houseboy for some friends, looking for love and glory.

I hear you just got a part in The Man of La Mancha. Which one? “Supporting role.”

Your favorite person in Israel: Me, I guess.

Your favorite person in the world: I don’t know anymore. (sigh)

One holiday wish: We should all start doing some damn yoga.

December 6, 2007


Rosecrans Baldwin co-founded TMN with publisher Andrew Womack in 1999. He is the author of three books, including his latest novel The Last Kid Left (NPR’s Best Books of the Year). His nonfiction appears in a variety of magazines, mostly GQ. More information can be found at More by Rosecrans Baldwin

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