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Dec.07.2011
My latest piece is up at "The Broad Street Review."  The link is here: http://www.broadstreetreview.com/index.php/main/article/when_a_mother_va... It opens like this: “Now I am an orphan,” the novelist Mark Harris famously began an essay in 1963. He was 40 then. I’m nearly 70 – and the same...
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Sep.21.2011
First of the Month has just put my latest piece up on-line.  To read it in its entirety (Don't worry; it's short), click here:  http://www.firstofthemonth.org/archives/2011/09/nat_tate.html The first paragraph goes like this: Some of you know the story. It was briefly the rage in New York...
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Sep.21.2011
My wife, the infinitely clever and resourceful Adele found that my earler entries in FOY were also accessible:  http://books.google.com/books?vid=978-1-4128-1166-8&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false Scroll down to the Table of Contents and through it until you come to my name...
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Sep.21.2011
Just learned that another of my reminiscences -- about Philly, the 1950s, homosexuality, and American Bandstand -- can be read on-line here:  http://books.google.com/books?vid=978-1-4128-1484-3&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=falseJust scroll down to the Table of Contents and...
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Aug.26.2011
My friend Budd Shenkin, MD, who took the photo of that handsome devil on my home page, authors his own blog, where he addresses many topics from the dear to my heart (Philadelphia basketball of the 1950s and '60s) to the making-me-a-better-informed-citizen (health care polices and what everyone is...
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Aug.15.2011
My latest piece is up at BROAD STREET REVIEW.  You can read it here:  http://www.broadstreetreview.com/index.php/main/article/kate_atkinson_crime_fiction_for_grownups Here is how it begins: I don’t read a great deal of detective fiction, but that changed not long ago when I read Janet...
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Aug.09.2011
My latest piece is up at Broad Street Review.  It's opening paragraph is:   When I suffered a heart attack earlier this year, the surgeons solved my problem by inserting two stents into my completely blocked obtuse marginal artery. (For that account, click here.) A month later I re-entered the...
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Jul.24.2011
During the three months I absented from Red Room, the brilliant poet-musician Gil Scott-Heron passed away from, as far as I'm aware, still "unknown casues."  (Anyone, who read Alec Wilkinson's excellent and devestantingly heart-breaking profile of Scott-Heron in The New Yorker a year or...
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Jul.20.2011
Ryan Standfest, the editor of B:ACK EYE to which I contributed an essay on "Phoebe Zeitgeist," along with the critic Jeet Heer and cartoonist Onsmith (whose contribution led to the volume being seized at the Canadian border) recently participated in an interesting and informative round...
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Jul.05.2011
My essay on "The Adventures of Phoebe Zeit-Geist," by Michael O'Donoghue and Frank Springer, appears in BLACK EYE No. 1 ("Graphic Transmissions to Cause Ocular Hypertension"), available in discerning book stores everywhere -- except Canada, where it was seized at the border for...
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Jul.05.2011
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Mar.09.2011
My latest piece at Broad Street Review is available here:  http://www.broadstreetreview.com/index.php/main/article/my_heart_attack_.... However, I prefer my unedited version, so I am putting that below.  (That way when the critics are through with Raymond Carver and Gordon Lish, they can something...
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Mar.07.2011
My feature story on the battle over the estate of the legendary fantasy illustrator Frank Frazetta leads the launch of the new on-line COMICS JOURNAL.  You can read it here: http://www.tcj.com/goodbye-to-all-that/ It begins:     The Frazetta Museum, in Marshalls Creek, Pennsylvania, unlike the Toy...
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Feb.09.2011
I will be contributing an essay, tentatively entitled "...does it all mean?", on "The Adventures of Phoebe Zeit-Geist," by Michael O'Donohue and Frank Springer, to BLACK EYE, an anthology devoted to comics and black humor, edited by Ryan Standfest for Rotland Press ("Fine...
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Jan.11.2011
 If you're in Lexington, KY, on or after 2/3/11, Institute 193 will be showing the original art work from "Spud Crazy," a graphic- novel-in-progress by Nick Tosches and J.T. Dockery, introduction by Richard Hell, accompanying essay by me, with a soundtrack CD.  To learn more -- and to...
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