Horwitz, Menorah. “The Diary of Menorah Horwitz”, Floating World Comics, 2017.
Gender, Judaism and Nail Polish
What do you mean that you have never heard of Menorah Horwitz? Neither had I until I read this book and I have since learned that she is the drag alter ego of Portland based artist Michael Horwitz who was named as “A Queer to Watch ” by Advocate.com in 2015.. Michael Horwitz is a shy 29 year-old gay illustrator who combines Judaism and a love of drag in “all the wrong ways when he becomes Menorah”. When he performs, he dresses in “a puke colored school-girl’s uniform, stripper heels, and nails made from burning candles taped to his fingers” as he Michael Portland’s queer and punk party scene, one bad lip synch at a time. He falls in with drug happy club kids, hot tempered local divas, and some of the world’s most famous drag queens (sometimes disastrously)—all while waking up at 6 am the next morning to bag groceries”. Things change when Michael realizes that “Menorah isn’t a persona but a suggestion of the person he’s always wanted to be. What began as an imitation of someone famous for speaking their truth becomes a transition into his—or rather her—authentic self”. Menorah’s diary is an autobiographical comedy about finding one’s authentic self in the artificial world of drag, a first person account of gender transitioning and an exploration of traditional Jewish identity intersecting with new gender norms.