Please Come to Boston

___________________________________________________ The first tme I visited Boston was on New Year’s Day 2001. Gerhard the Grumpy Scaffolding Builder and I had taken the train from Manhattan out to Newark on January 31 to pick up the rental car for our trip up north. Irresponsibly, Gerhard had left arranging the rental car up to me. I […]

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Lots and Lots and Lots of Stuff!

(Important! If this post is cut off at the bottom, reload the page. This usually solves the problem.) It seems like the last few weeks have been stuffed with stuff coming out, so I thought I’d take a few minutes and update you on, well, stuff. Yesterday, my story “The Shop Between the Prophets and […]

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Wild Scotland — an Interview with Author Gill Hoffs

Gill Hoffs, author of Wild: a collectionGill Hoffs (pronounced with a soft G), a writer from Scotland, grew up on the Scottish coast, studied psychology, biology and English literature at the University of Glasgow, then worked with children with a variety of needs (ASD and/or EBD, mainly) throughout the UK. She married her best friend […]

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Three Squares a Day with Occasional Torture by Julie Innis, a book review by Christopher Allen

(Important! If the bottom of this post is cut off, try reloading the page. This usually works. This book review is at Metazen right now, so please go there now if you want to read it there. I’m posting it here as well for those of you who might not get over to Metazen, the […]

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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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Call for Submissions — Frankfurt Book Fair 2012: An Aotearoa Affair

In May I’ll be hosting a blog carnival celebrating New Zealand, this year’s honored guest at the Frankfurt Book Fair (die Frankfurter Buchmesse). The carnival features writers, artists, photographers, poets and essayists from (not only) Germany and New Zealand. This time, we’d like submissions from all over the globe on the theme “BI”. Submissions can […]

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Good Things Come in Threes

(Important! If the bottom of this post is cut off by the homepage’s pictures, try reloading the page. This usually works.) My recent health problems notwithstanding, I am a very fortunate person. Life isn’t always good, but it’s instructive. Before I moved to Germany, my outlook on life wasn’t so rosy. Actually, maybe I’m giving […]

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Autumn at Achensee

I wasn’t in the mood for an excursion this weekend. I was just getting over a bad cold, and I have something called a Schleimbeutel Enzündung in my left shoulder, which simply means inflammation of the bag of mucus that serves as a cushion between the bones in my shoulder and my left arm bone. […]

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