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Dec.05.2012
Fresh out of high school, I had the audacity to start a summer theatre troupe and direct three one-act plays by Tennessee Williams. (Ah, sweet bird of brazen youth!) He was and still is my favorite American playwright. While I certainly admire the works of America’s other great dramatist, Eugene O’...
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Nov.29.2012
We all know that having anything handed to us without working for it is unhealthy. We are easily spoiled. So if you win a half-billion or so in the lottery you are most likely going to get a little too happy for a while and then give up on work and just lay back and enjoy life. Such a state of...
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Nov.23.2012
Is it remotely possible that American children could ever organize a rebellion against the commercialization of Christmas? A sort of Occupy the Mall? That's the theme of my children's book, Regina Saves Christmas. I realize it's a fantasy, but imagine the possible results of such a rebellion . . ....
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Nov.21.2012
  On the nude beach  where we can enjoy each other’s beauty with a casual grace  being mindful of separateness  respectful of godliness  circumspect and prayerful  impeaching the wanton impulse  by meditative interdiction  and demonstrating that what we’re...
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Nov.20.2012
The shower scene in Hitchcock's film Psycho is reputed to be a landmark in the history of popular cinema. Whether for good or bad is debatable, but in my view it changed movie-making for the worse. The scene is too explicit, and I don't enjoy watching a defenseless, terrified woman getting...
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Nov.18.2012
The gingham dress that Judy Garland wore in The Wizard of Oz sold recently for half a million dollars. Even if you're a billionaire I think it's insane to pay that much for an iconic movie costume. (It's only a cotton dress, for goodness sake!) Charlie Chaplin's bowler hat and cane just fetched...
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Nov.15.2012
  Having just finished the second draft of the third full-length play I’ve written in the last 2 years, I am wondering about the direction I am going in as a dramatist. I have a long history of working in the theatre as a director, playwright and adaptor, and my preferences are pretty much set...
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Nov.09.2012
Philip Roth has just announced he has written his last book. He is 79 and has won every literary prize except the Nobel. With 20 books to his credit it seems likely that he's said everything he has to say. Perhaps his imagination has run dry and he doesn't expect another flow of creativity. Okay....
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Nov.06.2012
Another "Day of the Dead" commemoration has just come to a close in Mexico. I have seen enough skull images to last for another year at least. Like many other cultural events, the Day of the Dead is being commercialized and its religious significance is fading away for the general public. Very sad...
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Oct.26.2012
If I were inclined to write a ghost story, Norwich, Connecticut would make the perfect setting. Certain houses in the city dating back to the 1700's lend themselves wonderfully well to a haunting. And there are places in town, notably the cemeteries, where one can feel a sense of dread...
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Oct.12.2012
As a poet and playwright I am in favor of writing that is brief and concise. I am a voracious reader of fiction, but I prefer short forms such as the novella and short stories. Novels under 200 pages, works such as The Great Gatsby, The Old Man and the Sea, Death in Venice, The Stranger, The Turn...
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Sep.12.2012
As every writer serious about publishing knows, we are inundated with new books. New technology has opened the floodgates. I started publishing my own work before the flood, when the only option was offset printing and I had to print a minimum of 500-1000 copies to make the venture economically...
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Aug.24.2012
Once upon a time there was a rabbit warren where the bunnies lived their lives peacefully. . . most of the time. But every so often, frequently in fact, a bunny or two would go beserk and, grabbing hold of a large carrot, would use it to bludgeon other bunnies to death. "Why is this happening...
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Aug.22.2012
Dear Dante cover
DEAR DANTE is my favorite self-published book because the story has many layers to give it the multiplicity of different realities, representing the richness of life itself. I tried to create a tapestry of different kinds of people trying to figure out what they want from life. I hope readers...
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Aug.17.2012
Narrative poetry predates personal poetry by several thousands years. In fact, the introduction and widespread use of poetry for examining the inner life of the poet didn’t begin until the Italian Renaissance in the 1300´s. Although personal poetry has become deeply rooted today, many modern poets...
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