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May.21.2012
The sixth in my series of pieces relating my heart attack-related experiences has gone up at http://www.broadstreetreview.com/index.php/main/article/my_heart_attack_part_vi_coming_out_of_surgery It begins:  “A happy surgery,” Dr. G called it. He hadn’t needed to replace my valve with a pig’s...
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May.01.2012
My latest piece, joining among others Bill Ayers (on dinner with Tucker Carlson), Amiri Baraka (on the evil of charter schools), Aram Saroyan (on Diane Arbus) and Scott Spencer (on the Allman Brothers) is up at www.firstofthemonth.org.  (If your screen claims "Not a Valid Address," like mine does,...
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Apr.11.2012
My latest piece (retitled "Lamb to the Slaughter") is up at BROAD STREET REVIEW.  You can read it here:  http://www.broadstreetreview.com/index.php/main/article/heart_attack_part_5_surgery_approaches It begins: Dr. D’s scheduling my surgery had left me feeling like Wile E. Coyote after...
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Mar.28.2012
My interview of S. Clay Wilson, which appeared in "The Comics Journal" in late 2008, has gone up on-line.  You can read it here:  http://www.tcj.com/the-s-clay-wilson-interview/ It begins: Author’s note:  A few months after this interview took place, Wilson sustained disabling brain...
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Mar.16.2012
My most recent piece is up at THE BROAD STREET REVIEW.  You can read it here: http://www.broadstreetreview.com/index.php/main/article/heart_attack_par... It begins: Following my second heart attack, I was in the hospital 16 days.  I came out 15-pounds lighter than I had gone in. ...
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Mar.01.2012
The new anthology "Perspectives by Incongruity" [Benj DeMott, ed.  Transactions Publishers] includes two pieces of mine.  One, "Top Ten," was blogged here previously.  The other, "Distance Learning" was not.  It references, among other matters, Wayne Hightower, the Northern...
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Feb.21.2012
My latest piece is up at First of the Month ("The only leftist publication I could imagine being read at both Columbia University and Rikers."  What a great quote!)  You can read it here: http://www.firstofthemonth.org/archives/2012/01/matinees_memori.html If you need more of an...
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Feb.15.2012
My response to Dan Rottenberg's response to my response to his remark about Janet Malcolm is now up at The Broad Street Review.  You can read it at http://www.broadstreetreview.com/index.php/main/article/in_defense_of_janet_malcolm_part_ii/ It begins:  Dan Rottenberg’s explanation of why...
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Feb.13.2012
My latest piece is up at Broad Street Review.  It begins: My second heart attack came one day short of two months after my first. I was leaving cardio-rehab, ten sessions into a projected 36. I had set personal bests on the treadmill and the stationary and recumbent bikes. But pain had...
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Feb.08.2012
My latest piece is now up at The Comics Journal.  Here is its opening:     To paraphrase the old Levy’s rye bread ad, you don’t have to be Jewish – an observant Jew, anyway – to enjoy Yiddishkeit: Jewish Vernacular & the New Land (Harvey Pekar & Paul Buhle, eds. ...
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Jan.11.2012
The Broad Street Review has published my article on Janet Malcolm.  It gives writers permission to post their pieces at their own blogs, but I thought it would be interesting to post my piece as I wrote it.  BSR's editor, a vastly more experienced journalist than I, made substantial cuts...
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Jan.09.2012
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A slightly expanded version of this piece will appear at an undetermined time in the future at either firstofthemonth.com or in the anthology FIRST OF THE YEAR.  Meanwhile, I am pleased to post this here.     THE UNFINISHED AND THE UNKNOWN     There was a time in...
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Dec.22.2011
My most recent piece at "The Comics Jpournal" can be found here: http://www.tcj.com/out-of-the-past/ It begins like this:  Time often gets a bad rap. It strips away. It erodes. It brings forth loss.  It guarantees the passage of all things. But sometimes time delivers a gift, like a...
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Dec.19.2011
My latest piece is up at Broad Street Review:  http://www.broadstreetreview.com/index.php/main/article/my_passion_for_boxing_rip/ However, it lost its opening paragraphs and, with them, its original title ("Bitter Orange").  So as a bonus for for loyal Red Room readers, I include them...
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Dec.18.2011
Some time ago, my wife Adele had a story ("Job") in "Chiron Review," whose interest in new submissions she was alerted to by a Red Roomer's posting.  Now, responding to another Red Room post, "Job" has been reprinted in the anthology "Sex in San Francisco" (M. Christian, ed.), which is...
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