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
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)
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
Friends – I generally use this blog to talk about the unreal, but today I want to talk about something real. I want to talk about a country that used to exist. It’s gone now. It’s been gone for almost 30 years. And most of us don’t remember its existence. That’s how successfully it has … Continue reading A tale of two countries (part 1)
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Dear friends -- I've been out of the blogosphere for some time, because of activism and teaching. I'm excited to share that my little book on how to write Magical Realism is coming out in a few weeks. I'll keep you posted. But along the way, I wanted to share my thoughts about prose … Continue reading Isn’t it Romantic? prose, poetry and magical realism
Listening to the news lately, I've been struck by -- who hasn't? -- the zaniness of our politics. And particularly the "who knows what he's gonna say next folks?" quality to our current president. Lindsey Graham said something that really stuck with me. Something to the effect of, "Well, I talked to this one president … Continue reading Rameau’s Nephew for president?
I've been away from this blog for a number of months, teaching, travelling, and like many of you, agitating. I didn't get as far as I wanted to in talking with you about the Enlightenment, and I'd like to continue in that vein. But... how to write about it this year? Then an idea came … Continue reading January 2018. thinking about the cruel 18th century
Friends -- we have a new sonnet in honor of Kamala Harris created by K. Andrew Turner. We'll add sonnets to the roster as we receive them. the entire group can be viewed here:
Friends -- I am participating in the annual Magical Realism Bloghop, organized by writer and foremost electronic impresario of the MR scene, Zoe Brooks. For this bloghop, I usually post craft tips, but today I'd just like to say a few words about why MR and other forms of non-realist word art matter to me … Continue reading July 27th, 2017 — Revisiting Magical Realism for the bloghop — why the unreal matters more than ever