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Elie Wiesel’s Early Work: Four Novels

Published 07.01.2017
A Talmudic question has much intrigued me: Two men are stranded in the desert. Only one has water. If he shares it, they both die; if he keeps it, he lives and his companion dies. What should he do? Rabbi Akiva taught that the man has the right...

How does autobiography work in fiction?

Published 08.12.2015
You know the line: Truth is stranger than fiction? I have a twist on that. I’ve learned through the writing of three books and a fourth in process as I write this essay that the fictional account of my stories have greater emotional truth and...

Lore Segal on How to Think About Virtue: An Interview

Published 06.09.2015
Lore Segal, author of Shakespeare’s Kitchen , Her First American and Other People’s Houses , talked with Mary L. Tabor on thinking about questions of goodness and virtue, a conversation that began in 1997 while Segal was working on Shakespeare’s...

The Burglar

Published 28.07.2015
Extract: Olivia had found one silver earring lying on her bureau, opened her jewelry box, and discovered the burglary. She’d opened the top bureau drawer and saw, instead of the little white cardboard box, a faint outline of dust where the box...

“Miss Rich is married and lives in Cambridge, Mass.”

Published 27.06.2015
You care about literature. You might even want to get published. Maybe you’ve got the short story done. You’re working on the novel. You don’t have an agent, a big publishing house. Reader or writer, you may say, “Literary Magazines: Why...

Moral Ambiguity: Why We Make Art

Published 26.10.2014
Why attempt to create art, I ask, to make something “other” when faced with the dilemmas of existence, with, as I’ve said in one of my own short stories, “all the ways that life betrays the living?” I’ve written here on Facts and Arts three...

LeRoy Neiman—Artist, Provocateur—Tells All

Published 25.09.2014
LeRoy Neiman’s paintings, posters and famed handlebar mustache made him one of the most recognizable artists of our time. He tells all in All Told: My Art and Life Among Athletes, Playboys, Bunnies and Provocateurs, his autobiography that I...

Goodness in Leopold Bloom

Published 18.09.2014
Note to my readers: This essay is a follow-up to my rereading of Virginia Woolf’s To The Lighthouse that is more personal essay than review and my rereading of Kafka’s The Trial. I’ll culminate this series with a discussion of how these three...

Kafka’s The Trial: Is the Search for Meaning Possible?

Published 27.07.2014
Note to my readers: This essay is a follow-up to my rereading of Virginia Woolf’s To The Lighthouse, more personal essay than review. I hope to follow my musing on Kafka with another brief essay on James Joyce’s Ulysses —even in the face of the...

At Reader’s Request:The Poem “Human Wishes” by Robert Hass

Published 26.06.2014
A reader has asked me to comment on the poem in Robert Hass’s book titled “Human Wishes” that I discuss in  my essay Robert Hass, poet: Meaning and Form and Pleasure. I am doing so here as part of what I view as conversation between me as writer...

On Re-Reading To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

Published 08.05.2014
I had the flu when I reread To the Lighthouse, more than 30 years after my first reading, and I was struck in the haze of fever by my frailty in the face of illness and aging and by Virginia Woolf’s poetic vision of life and death and what it...

LeRoy Neiman—Artist, Provocateur—Tells All

Published 19.04.2014
LeRoy Neiman’s paintings, posters and famed handlebar mustache made him one of the most recognizable artists of our time.   He tells all in All Told: My Art and Life Among Athletes, Playboys, Bunnies and Provocateurs, his autobiography that I...

Robert Hass, poet: Meaning and Form and Pleasure

Published 22.02.2014
“. . . as if language were a kind of moral cloud chamber through which the world passed and from which it emerged charged with desire.”—Robert Hass (1)   Robert Hass was the US Poet Laureate from 1995-97, but he might be even more notable for...

Top Ten: Writers and poets on LOVE

Published 17.02.2014
Valentine’s day has passed—and perhaps you forgot. Love is forever—so here are some ways to powerfully express your love on an ordinary day—and make someone love you—or, if necessary, forgive you. Discover writers and poets who can say what...

On Reading Lewis Hyde’s The Gift

Published 01.02.2014
I first read Lewis Hyde’s The Gift: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Property, now in its 25-year anniversary edition, in the mid-eighties and I began to breathe again, I began to write to live—and I don’t mean support myself. Or is that what...