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Review: Not Not a Jew

In the midst of these brutal days (slaughters in Paris, slaughters in Beirut, slaughters in Nigeria, slaughters in Tel Aviv), that have bled blame, reprisals, pleas for tolerance, fear, aggression, turmoil, bewilderment, enough impending doom to unsettle even the toughest among us, a young professor actually read and thought about my new novella. Gratefully received, especially at a(…)


Encomium Andréa

A great friend has come to town. We’re meeting on Sunday morning at Russ & Daughters Cafe on Orchard Street. Because I rarely get to that part of town anymore, I leave home an hour early in order to have time to ramble around a neighborhood I once knew in which I should have feared for(…)


Marking dates

November 7th, marked birth dates of Marie Curie, Leon Trotsky, Francisco de Zurbaran, Edie Beale, David Petraeus, Joni Mitchel, Billy Graham. Yesterday, November 8th, marked birth dates of Bram Stoker, Dorothy Day, Margaret Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, the Roman Emperor Claudius. Today, November 9th, marks: the 77th anniversary of the German Reich’s 1938 destruction by fire, by(…)


On the horizon

With my little jewel Not Not a Jew recently launched by TMI Press, only one reissue (of five previously published works) remains. Soon it too will be released with a new Author’s Note to blow freely in the wind. The following piece on Georgia O’Keeffe’s last love, written during a snowy winter, is from this nonfiction work – Love in(…)


November, then and now

Greeks greet each other by saying Kalo Mina [wishing all a good month] at the beginning of every month, like today, as it is November 1. The clocks have ‘fallen back’ and light drains away earlier each day. I’m about to put my garden shoes away and when I go outside, I’v on a scarf, cashmere socks and a jacket. I like the embrace of socks(…)


Post-coitus tristesse, or

…postpartum depression, or jet-lag, or there’s-no-there-there, or bonjour tristesse, or s.a.d., or depleted, or low t., or Shoo Fly Don’t Bother Me, or stone in my shoe, or Stop the World – I Want to Get Off, or gas, or A Hole in the Bucket, or Pictures of the Gone World by Lawrence Ferlinghetti The world(…)


bad good luck, two

Speaking of bad good luck, here’s an excerpt from my book Fiet’s Vase and Other Stories of Survival, Europe 1939-1945 recently reissued with new material by TMI Press from Part I, Chapter: “Uncanny Luck” [Kohn is on the far left in the photo] Sometimes a crumb foils From the table of joy Sometimes a bone is(…)