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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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Earworm

A tune crept into my mind (through my ear, perhaps) and hasn’t left me alone since. How to exorcise it? “Catch A Falling Star” Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket Never let it fade away Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket Save it for a rainy dayFor love may come(…)

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