Too real: Bergdorf’s, New York, East Coast private schools and the sexual threat from E. Jean Carroll to Christine Blasey Ford (it really is as bad as it sounds)

Friends -- this is not my usual kind of post, but these are some thoughts I'd like to share nonetheless. This past Friday night, I watched E. Jean Carroll tell Lawrence O’Donnell her story of how Donald Trump raped her in a dressing room at Bergdorf Goodman. That story – like the story of Christine … Continue reading Too real: Bergdorf’s, New York, East Coast private schools and the sexual threat from E. Jean Carroll to Christine Blasey Ford (it really is as bad as it sounds)

Story time Sunday — May 12th 2019 — a list poem for Mother’s Day

Writing friends -- Samantha Udegrave and I have been talking about list poems in our class at Hugo House, and I thought I'd share a rough draft of a piece I just wrote this morning. Lists can be a powerful way to engage with difficult material, and I hope you'll use this draft as an … Continue reading Story time Sunday — May 12th 2019 — a list poem for Mother’s Day

What we found at the beach — a magical realism writing exercise

Hi writing friends and welcome to the end of the month! For the last week of April, I'm offering a popular writing exercise from my little how to write magical realism manual, Delicious Strangeness. I've used this prompt in most of my writing classes, because it just about always yields something interesting and usable. It's … Continue reading What we found at the beach — a magical realism writing exercise

At last! 2nd Visit to Bad Germany, part 2

In my previous post from many months ago, I made my 1985 trip to the German Democratic Republic (aka East Germany, aka "bad" Germany) sound like a good time, didn’t I? It was a good time. But it wasn’t always comfortable. It was not always fun. One of the worst experiences I had on this … Continue reading At last! 2nd Visit to Bad Germany, part 2

an interruption: The magic of the east, in COUNTER PART, “Twin Cities” ep (Spoilers)

East Germany, that is. I've been trying to write alot lately about the people that I encountered in the place I have been facetiously calling "Bad Germany," by which I mean of course the erstwhile soviet satellite, The German Democratic Republic or Die Deutsche Demokratische Republik.  I have a strange short story making the rounds … Continue reading an interruption: The magic of the east, in COUNTER PART, “Twin Cities” ep (Spoilers)

2nd visit to bad Germany, part 1

Friends -- I’ve been writing about the German Democratic Republic (aka East Germany, aka "bad" Germany)  in the light of discussions about communism, Russians, the cold war, and most recently fascism and the connections to all of these things in this country. Here’s the first installment of my 2nd trip. By 1985, I had received … Continue reading 2nd visit to bad Germany, part 1