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Apr.13.2014
Jazz Improv
This, the second of my blogs growing out of the book Salinger by Shields and Salerno, is taken from a letter he wrote to Joyce Maynard. I won’t comment on Jerry’s relationships with women in general, and Joyce in particular; I’ll just include here the interesting riff on Jazz and Writing he wrote...
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Mar.28.2014
GRW
Last night I had a blast working with Kathy Boyd Fellure, the ongoing host of a TV Literary Show.  Along with Antoinette May, the founder of Gold Rush Writers, and Genevieve Beltran, we filmed an hour-long special on this year’s writing retreat, which will take place May 2, 3, and 4 in Mok...
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Mar.10.2014
Alana and Scotty
The venue is called Joe’s Pub, but it’s not a bar, it’s a prestigious Public Theater in the heart of Manhattan. I’ve seen the play several times—energy rocks throughout. The songs are so integrated into the plot that you can pretty much follow the play along with just the songs.  It uses the...
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Mar.01.2014
Casablanca Poster
We’ve been binging on House of Cards at our house, and anticipating tomorrow’s Academy Awards, but last night we re-watched Casablanca and were once again completely blown away.  It’s been seventy years since Casablanca won Outstanding Motion Picture, beating out nine other films, including...
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Feb.02.2014
I’m quite sure people who don’t live in California, particularly in the Bay Area, have a hard time feeling sorry for us, but this possibility of drought has had us worried.  2013 was the driest year in recorded history, and the possibility of drought has become the probability of drought and...
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Jan.20.2014
Hotel Leger
Gold Rush Writers (http://www.goldrushwriters.com/) is a series of Parties, Readings, Seminars and Workshops over a spring weekend in the Sierra Foothills.  It’s directed by Antoinette May, the author of thirteen books including two successful novels (and one, perhaps her best, a...
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Jan.17.2014
Driveway
We have an “invisible fence” around our property that keeps Ava in, so she’s only comfortable leaving the property in the car.  Almost every day she and I take a two-minute drive to the trailhead for some horse-trails and remote country lanes. THE DRIVEWAY  (see photo) We can see most of...
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Jan.09.2014
Eloise Klein Healy
Eloise Klein Healy resigned last year after just nine months as Poet Laureate. She had developed encephalitis, a disease which forced her into the intensive care unit and stripped her for a while of coherent language. The poet and teacher is learning to put words and thoughts together again, says...
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Jan.04.2014
Flash Fiction
First, what is Flash Fiction?  The Indie Writing Guide offers this: Flash fiction goes by many names–micro fiction, sudden fiction, and postcard fiction to name a few–all names that reflect the heart of its nature: flash fiction is extremely short fiction. How long? Many agree that flash...
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Dec.09.2013
Tom Perrotta
Part of the stylish classism that exists in New Haven is that people wear ‘working class background’ as a badge of honor.  Terry Hawkins, who runs the Summer Writing program, is a lawyer and a Yalie and a card-carrying working-class background guy from where else but Uniontown, Pennsylvania....
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Nov.27.2013
Catcher Cover
A friend gave me Salinger by Shields and Salerno in hardback, all two-plus inches thick of it, and I’m committed to read it cover to cover.  The center of the book is the unique personality of Jerome Salinger, who experienced WWII by landing in Normandy, participating the Battle of the Bulge,...
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Nov.24.2013
Wanda Coleman
Wanda Coleman, the strong poet, essayist, award-winning TV writer, and peripatetic commentator, has passed away at 67.  This is one of my favorite poems, “Coffee," where she writes about the complicated ethos of a mixed neighborhood. Coffee Steam rises over my noseagainst this night cold...
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Nov.06.2013
Jane Hirshfield with Seamus Heaney
What may have been Seamus Heaney's final poem, a "heartbreakingly prescient" reflection on the first world war, has been published for the first time by the Guardian.  Heaney was invited by the poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, to contribute to a memorial anthology marking the...
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Oct.22.2013
Kate with her Children
This article paints a good picture of what Kate has done.  Here’s part of it:  In 2003, Kate Arnold volunteered at a San Francisco Bay Area home for teenage mothers. While volunteering, Kate met Miriam, a mother to two boys. Over the course of years Kate developed a relationship with...
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Oct.09.2013
Van Gogh
I went to New York to catch the end of the New Yorker Festival and hang out with friends and ended up where I always seem to end up in New York, uptown at the Metropolitan Museum.  I don’t claim to be an expert on museums, but it seems to me to be an excellent museum, in the same league as the...
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