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  • Benno

    Because an earlier posting (on 3/1/2016) by my guest blogger Jo Schulze — Thanking the Hippies, a German writing on postwar Germany — garnered so much interest, it seemed a good idea for another German to tell another story. From an interview done with Benno Meyer-Wehlack for Fiet’s Vase and Other Stories of Survival, 1939-1945. Sadly Benno is no longer alive.(…)

  • Worms eye view

    He/she is pulpy, moist, long and slender, an earthy shade of red, with no limbs. He/she is early to arrive for our interview, I’ve barely finished composing a few questions. I comment on this: ALG: You’re early. He/she burrows around to face me, replies: W: I’m usually early. I can’t help it, though it can be dangerous. ALG: Dangerous? W: I’m sure(…)

  • Unsung hero

    Jan Augustus Gies He was a real Dutchman, very tall, lean, with billowing white hair. We used to joke that Miep had never seen him without a jacket and tie. He smoked small cigars, was a man of few words, who had a sharp, dry sense of humor. He collected stamps. I last saw him in Amsterdam in late January,(…)

  • Pardon me, Roy, is that the cat that chewed your new shoes?

    Another song out of my parent’s songbook that’s stuck in my head. Oh so many songs stuck there. My brains must have been filled with glue: CHATTANOOGA CHOO CHOO* Pardon me, boy Is that the Chattanooga choo choo? Track twenty-nine Boy, you can gimme a shine I can afford To board a Chattanooga choo choo(…)

  • Mama Cass Didn’t Choke on a Ham Sandwich

    Her birth name wasn’t Cass nor Elliott but was Ellen Naomi Cohen from Baltimore whose grandparents, like mine, were Russian immigrants with old-world manners who spoke to us with heavy accents and among themselves in Yiddish. Tormented in childhood because she was overweight, Ellen went from being a plump child to a fat woman who loved men, music, also food. When she died word spread that(…)

  • Anne Frank was arrested on this day in 1944

      Excerpt from Anne Frank Remembered by Miep Gies, who helped to hide the Frank family, and me: Part III The Darkest Days Chapter Fifteen It was an ordinary Friday morning, August 4, 1944. First thing in the morning, I’d gone into the hiding place to get the shopping list. Lonely after the long night(…)

  • Diminishment – short fiction

    DIMINISHMENT (working title) An opera in one act based on events in the life of Alberto Giacometti. Alberto Giacometti – a Swiss sculptor – Tenor Diego Giacometti – his younger brother, also an artist – Bartone Annetta Giacometti – their mother – Mezzo-soprano Peter van Meurs – an older Dutchman – Base Policeman – Bass-baritone Coachman –(…)

Benno

Because an earlier posting (on 3/1/2016) by my guest blogger Jo Schulze — Thanking the Hippies, a German writing on postwar Germany — garnered so much interest, it seemed a good idea for another German to tell another story. From an interview done with Benno Meyer-Wehlack for Fiet’s Vase and Other Stories of Survival, 1939-1945. Sadly Benno is no longer alive.(…)

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Worms eye view

He/she is pulpy, moist, long and slender, an earthy shade of red, with no limbs. He/she is early to arrive for our interview, I’ve barely finished composing a few questions. I comment on this: ALG: You’re early. He/she burrows around to face me, replies: W: I’m usually early. I can’t help it, though it can be dangerous. ALG: Dangerous? W: I’m sure(…)

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Unsung hero

Jan Augustus Gies He was a real Dutchman, very tall, lean, with billowing white hair. We used to joke that Miep had never seen him without a jacket and tie. He smoked small cigars, was a man of few words, who had a sharp, dry sense of humor. He collected stamps. I last saw him in Amsterdam in late January,(…)

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Mama Cass Didn’t Choke on a Ham Sandwich

Her birth name wasn’t Cass nor Elliott but was Ellen Naomi Cohen from Baltimore whose grandparents, like mine, were Russian immigrants with old-world manners who spoke to us with heavy accents and among themselves in Yiddish. Tormented in childhood because she was overweight, Ellen went from being a plump child to a fat woman who loved men, music, also food. When she died word spread that(…)

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Diminishment – short fiction

DIMINISHMENT (working title) An opera in one act based on events in the life of Alberto Giacometti. Alberto Giacometti – a Swiss sculptor – Tenor Diego Giacometti – his younger brother, also an artist – Bartone Annetta Giacometti – their mother – Mezzo-soprano Peter van Meurs – an older Dutchman – Base Policeman – Bass-baritone Coachman –(…)

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Marianne, adieu

Born in Norway, Marianne died in Norway yesterday at 15:11 taking a piece of my heart with her when she went as Marianne and I walked many of the same roads during the past almost fifty years. [Photo below: Marianne, her Norwegian husband. Jan, and me, recently at a taverna in Greece late at night. Laughing, of course.] Following,(…)

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Looking for self

[[Drawing by A. Kingsmill]] Excerpt from article In News by Alex Moore: A missing woman on vacation in Iceland managed to unwittingly join a search party looking for herself. Toronto Sun reports that a tourist group traveling by bus to the volcanic Eldgja canyon made a pit stop near the canyon park. The woman in(…)

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