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You’ll Never Walk Alone — at the Vatican

They all just want out.(If this post is cut off at the bottom by photos, try reloading the page. This usually works.) I do not like crowds. When I’m in one, I can think of six thousand reasons why I don’t like them, and each one of those six thousand reasons has a mind of […]

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When in Rome?

The Trevi FountainOff to Rome for the weekend. I’ve been to Rome, but I don’t think I’ve ever done what Romans do when I’ve been in Rome. What do Romans do when they’re in Rome? If my ethnological instincts are perky and fit today, I’d be correct in assuming that the average Roman stays home […]

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Read My Shorts!

It’s still Short Story Month for another week, which means you still have time to read a few more excellent short stories. I’m almost finished with Tania Hershman’s excellent and often pleasantly bizarre collection My Mother was an Upright Piano. These stories are brief bursts of creative energy that will stay with you long after […]

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Give Me One Night on Ibiza

Note: If the bottom of this post is cut off, try loading the page again. One night on Ibiza is not enough. I could have stayed the whole summer. Let me rephrase that: I could have stayed the whole summer if the summer were a hundred days of low-season. I’m not sure I’d be able […]

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Expat Author Interview with Matthew Hamilton

Matthew Hamilton and Mt. Aragats (Important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, reload the page. This usually solves the problem.)Matthew Hamilton, a poetry reader for the online magazines Mason’s Road and Drunken Boat, was a US Peace Corps Volunteer for four years, in Armenia (2006-2008) and the Philippines (2008-2010). Currently, Hamilton is […]

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An Aotearoa Affair Blog Carnival

Art by Darcy NicholasI’m honored to host the May edition of the Aotearoa Affair Blog Carnival. It’s almost like I’ve been dubbed an honorary Kiwi. Pop on over to the Carnival. It’s full of great stuff by writers, filmmakers and artists from all over the world — but mainly from New Zealand and Germany. Enjoy […]

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Celiac Awareness-slash-Short Story Month

(Important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, reload the page. This usually solves the problem.) __________________________ Were you aware of this? I wasn’t until my cousin Jennifer told me. She’s a Celiac too. Did you know something like one in ten of us is? Both Jennifer and I are adorable, but that’s […]

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The State of Things

(Important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, please reload the page. This usually solves the problem.) ____________________________________ Monday I got a cortisone shot in my problem-child shoulder because, after months of improvement, it’s starting to get worse–and now my right shoulder is hurting too. I’ve tried to stay away from my computer […]

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Expat Author Interview with Tania Hershman

Author Tania HershmanTania Hershman, an author living in Bristol (UK), spent fifteen years in Jerusalem. Her first short story collection, The White Road and Other Stories, was published in 2008; her second, My Mother Was An Upright Piano: Fictions is hot off the press right now—and getting well-earned praise, most recently in the Times Literary […]

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My Crete II

Cretan Traffic JamI’m sort of a hybrid: not really a farmboy, not really a city boy. I know what to say to cows to get them going–or coming home. I know what to say to pigs to tell them slop’s on. I know how to talk to sheep. No really, I do. A few years […]

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