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BASKING IN THE GLOW

Hey! This morning I put the finishing touches on my next novel! How great is that! So what do I do next? Well, a few minutes later, going out to celebrate with a coffee, I sit down in an Upper West Side coffee … Continue reading

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DREDGING UP THE PAST

Back in the summer of ’89 I earned a month-long stint at the Edward Albee Center at Montauk Point. It was an exhilarating and productive time, with a lot of highlights, including being feted at my birthday dinner by Edward … Continue reading

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ZIG ZAG, BIPPITY BUMP: ALONG COMES LUCIA BERLIN

Now along comes Lucia Berlin. Or here she always was, I guess, only I didn’t know it. Poor lady only had a couple of thousand readers, by one estimate. Deserved, deserves many more. Wrote in short, snappy sentences. Black or … Continue reading

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ALL ABOARD for Watching VIDEO PERFORMANCES of PROBLEMS OF TRANSLATION!

A belated thanks to everyone who came out for my reading a month ago (October 6th) at the Cornelia Street Café. For those who weren’t able to come, videos of that performance are now available not only on my website but on … Continue reading

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IN PRAISE OF JIM SHEPARD’S “THE BOOK OF ARON”

(A number of people have asked about the review I did a couple of months ago of Jim Shepard’s novel The Book of Aron.  So for those of you who missed it the first time, here it is again.) I … Continue reading

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Bold. Brilliant. Imaginative. Scary. Meet Robin McLean’s “Reptile House”

Once you’ve read these nine stories, forgetting them is as unlikely as discovering the end-point of pi. Kissing cousins to George Saunders, Donald Barthelme, and perhaps even Don DeLillo, they are nonetheless powered by a distinctive new voice. McLean dives … Continue reading

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IN PRAISE OF JIM SHEPARD’S “THE BOOK OF ARON”

I imagine I am interviewing Jim Shepard. “Jim,” I say. “Yes, Jim?” he says. “Choosing a kid to tell the story. Choosing that kid to tell the story. Such a brave and brilliant choice! A boy so unremarkable that he … Continue reading

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“A SENSE OF HUMOR IS JUST COMMON SENSE, DANCING”

Got a really nice write-up in the OSARC newsletter the other day about my book, Problems of Translation. What, you inquire, is OSARC? I thought you’d never ask! My various writer’s bios (tailoring them to fit the occasion) might or might not … Continue reading

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“PROBLEMS” TRANSLATES INTO A LOT OF FUN

At last! My novel, Problems of Translation, or Charlie’s Comic, Terrifying, Romantic, Loopy Round-the-World Journey in Search of Linguistic Happiness, has finally become available as a paperback on Amazon! (E-book shortly.) Check it out! For those of you who’ve never … Continue reading

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LITERARY TASTE AND A MAD, MAD WEATHER

A few days ago I wrote the following lines: “So where would I move? Ames asks himself as the first cold snap in New York City bares its teeth in the middle of November, 21 degrees with the wind chill. … Continue reading

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