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Article
Feb.20.2012
San Francisco Chronicle
What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, stories by Nathan Englander
Article
Feb.06.2012
Los Angeles Review of Books
My review of this dazzling debut novel by Susan Sherman can be found online starting today.
Article
Sep.12.2011
San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
Elizabeth Rosner reviews THE WARSAW ANAGRAMS, the latest novel by Richard Zimler.  Special to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Article
Jan.09.2011
Tikkun Magazine
Viewers of Lilly Rivlin's inspiring film Grace Paley: Collected Shorts are in for much more than a portrait of the artist. Whether you are being introduced for the first time or being given the chance to become reacquainted with a much-beloved writer, this richly quilted narrative offers multiple views of a woman extraordinary and exemplary in her...
Article
Nov.16.2010
New York Journal of Books (online)
Periodic reviews of contemporary fiction and non-fiction.
Poem
Aug.09.2010
not yet published
Might I borrow yourdark electric bliss?Become the angel whorocked you,reach for the lover who willcomb my hair? I surrenderto the fallwhile driving the caraway from the cliff,return the bulletsto the guns,unsay the scalding wordsof your mother. On the edgeof the world with you,I watch the shivering grass.The cure for insomnia is poetry.The cure forlonelinessis...
Poem
Aug.09.2010
not yet published
You learned early that life wasbooby-trapped: land mines lurkingbeneath the tablecloth,so that at breakfast, usually, someone exploded oversoured milk or a speck ofblood in the soft-boiled egg.Bitter coffee was never quitetamed by sugar, no matter howmany teaspoons-full you added;caraway seeds from thetoasted rye would  stick between your teeth. By mid-day,...
Poem
Aug.09.2010
not yet published
The bark grows back.  Recovers around the wound and reinvents beauty again.  Gnarled layers of pulp and weeping resin, a twisted limb: nothing to regret.  That’s whatI tell myself.  I can’t really speakfor the tree, can’t know itsmemory of injury or grief.This aging trunk maps ordinary life, accumulated repair from storms and other assaults, even from fire.A year...
Article
Jun.02.2010
New York Journal of Books, online edition
Long before she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her brilliant, Lear-inspired novel, A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley was winning admirers for her pitch-perfect stories and novellas. Collections entitled Ordinary Love & Good Will, and The Age of Grief were concise and intimate portraits of family drama, mesmerizing in their quiet intensity. Since then, Smiley...
Poem
Apr.01.2010
Already the angel of death is passing over your house--your door marked with the bloody sacrifice and your windows sealed against the hovering plagues.  The closeness of beating wings demands your attention. You say "I need to be transformed" and so you are-- re-sculpted in the flesh, scars wrapping you like a talisman against the evil eye.  This must...