Cover Photo: A still from the film 'Dirty Dancing' in which Baby, played by Jennifer Grey, crawls toward Johnny (Patrick Swayze) on the floor of a dance studio.
Photograph via Vestron Pictures

Lessons In Lust and Life from ‘Dirty Dancing’

Like Baby, I was raised to be a nice Jewish girl, with all of that trope’s stifling implications.

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Sara Lippmann is the author of the story collections Doll Palace, re-released by 713 Books, and Jerks from Mason Jar Press. Her work has been honored by the New York Foundation for the Arts and has appeared in Literary Hub, The Washington Post, Epiphany, Split Lip, and elsewhere. Her debut novel, Lech, was published by Tortoise Books in October. For more, visit