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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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Problems of Translation Strikes Again at Cornelia Street Cafe

Hello there!  My apologies for the long silence!  Someone has recently complained to me that he doesn’t know what to read anymore because I stopped recommending! So I promise to start writing more frequently again, about the variety of topics … Continue reading

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MOVIE! MOVIE! A FILM YOU’LL WANT TO SEE

If you were stranded on a desert island, what would you hope to have along for entertainment/bodhisattva enlightenment? Well, assuming you’d arranged to wash up with one or more of your digital devices intact, let me suggest a film, Michael … Continue reading

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