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  Greg Mortenson's best-selling book Three Cups of Tea has gotten into -- you'll excuse the phrase -- a bit of hot water. The non-fiction book recounts Mortenson's failed attempt to climb the world's second highest mountain, and his being nursed back to health by impoverished Pakistani...
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In Argentine tango, there is "Before Piazzolla" and "After Piazzolla." Astor Piazzolla (a master of the bandoneón, the concertina-like instrument that many consider the soul of tango) revolutionized tango in ways that either electrified his numberless fans (most of them outside...
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Journalism was once a completely respectable profession. Good reporters are trained writers, and for me one of their real virtues has always been that they write well -- sometimes extremely well -- on a tight deadline. Anyone who has struggled for years writing a novel -- as I have, on several...
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Winfred Rembert, whose work is the subject of a large exhibition at the Tillou Gallery in Litchfield, Connecticut, discovered his artistic métier while serving on a chain gang in a Georgia prison. A black man who had spent his childhood picking cotton at his great aunt's side, he had been...
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I'm writing a twice-a-week blog/column on The Arts for The San Francisco Chronicle's website SFGate. The most recent piece is about art and kids. "With all the discussion in Washington D.C., Sacramento and elsewhere about education budgets and what the role of public education should be, there...
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Hope you'll look at my new regular blog/column on SFGate, the San Francisco Chronicle's webpage...
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I hope you'll take a moment for "His Daughter Evita," which is one of a collection of stories of mine, Little Bridget and The Flames of Hell, about the Irish in contemporary San Francisco. The story was originally published in Tampa Review. The book will be published later this year.
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My novel A Kiss For Señor Guevara is now available in digital form for the Apple iPad and iPhone, Barnes and Noble's Nook, the Amazon Kindle, and at Google Books.
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News of the death last weekend at 88 of Alberto Granado will bring about the usual firestorm of comment from the extreme Right and Left, reasserting either Che Guevara’s unforgivably murderous nature or the wish to elevate him to some sort of secular celebrity sainthood. Neither response to Guevara...
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The second online issue of Clarke's is now out, and features Ella Fitzgerald, Kevin Carrel Footer, Edith Wharton, Kitty Margolis, Beatrice Bowles, Geroge Orwell and Pablo Neruda, among many others.  And don't miss the stunning photography of Ted Kipping...
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 This week, Time mentioned the Cuban revolution’s famed  Che Guevara as one of the twenty-five most influential political icons of the last one hundred years. Influential, yes. Universally revered? That’s another story. If you live in Miami, for example, the name of Che Guevara is anathema.  But if...
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I've been reading Gulliver's Travels, and I found a passage in that book today that contains good advice for the new Congress elected yesterday.  I hope you'll take a look, in Clarke's: A Journal of The Arts.
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I hope you'll go to Clarke's: A Journal of The Arts for poems by two remarkable writers... Mara Buck... "My little black dress will be sexy, yet not tart, and I will indulge in Campari..."   P.E. Baetis... "We slept, and slept... Bled into sweet restfulness, breathed false air...
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Issue # 1 of my new online magazine, Clarke's: A Journal of The Arts, has just come out. It's a quality hodge-podge of things I like. Fine writing, art, fashion, photography, video, film... The current issue, on the subject of “the encounter”, contains Red Room author Alev Lytle Croutier's...
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I’m happy to announce the publication of my new novel, my fourth, which is titled A Kiss For Señor Guevara. So much has been written about Che Guevara that the books and articles gathered together could be housed in an enormous library of their own. Sadly, very little of this work is fiction, Jay...
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