What came first: pathological shyness or talking to myself? Regardless, as long as I can remember, I have been telling tales about my everyday interactions, often to myself, often out loud. After studying the history of science at college (yes, that is a major), I moved to London to do a PhD in the history of art (where I set the world on fire with my analysis of domestic representation in women’s creative collaborations). I spent my 20s in the UK, where I worked as a curator, researcher, editor, lecturer, comic, MC, script-reader, dramaturge, post-doctoral thinker person, performer, actor, writer, producer, Yiddish translator, and a temp – at a temp agency. Then, I turned 30, got married, and forced my husband to move to New York City, where I could focus my energy on writing stories about all the things I did, and wished I did, in my 20s. Only now, I have a daughter to tell them to. I am currently in the midst of writing a novel, penning a memoir, and growing up.
And for those who just want to get to the point:
Judy Batalion grew up in Montreal. She studied the history of science at Harvard before moving to London, where she did a PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art and worked as a curator and lecturer by day and a comedian and writer by night. Her work has appeared in publications including Salon, the Washington Post, and the Jerusalem Post, and she has performed in the USA, the UK and Canada. She is now a freelance writer and performer, and lives with her husband and daughter in NYC.