Recent Entries:

  • February 17th, 2018

    While reading Hanne Ørstavik’s cerebrally lissome novel Love, I was reminded of a question posed by Roland Barthes: “Why do our famous psychologists waste their time on contrived topics like Will, Attention, etc., instead of studying the only important thing in modern psychology: Mood?” A single inquisitive mood – not quite melancholy, not quite buoyant, but often tilting towards

  • February 15th, 2018

    With CPR and drugs, the emergency room team revived my cousin Serge.  Once a pulse was established, they applied shock paddles to restore an even rhythm.  That morning Serge had thought he was coming down with the flu, his chest was congested.  Finally around noon, he decided to leave his art gallery in the hands of his staff and walk the eight blocks to the Hôpital Hôtel-Dieu, crossing over

  • February 13th, 2018

    In 2010, John Heminway wrote a feature for the Financial Times entitled “A Legendary Flying Doctor’s Dark Secret.” The doctor was Anne Spoerry, renowned and respected for providing emergency medical care in Africa for more than 30 years until her death in Nairobi in 1999.

  • February 8th, 2018

    The following headline was recently aired on Boston TV news: “Police in Salinas, California said a 47-year old nanny was arrested after she allegedly was drunk while attempting to pick up a six-year old child from an elementary school.” It was reported that she drove there with a one-year old baby. Suspicious school employees stalled her as she struggled to unlock her car.

  • January 30th, 2018

    “I’m still more of a short story writer, “Joan Silber remarked in a 2016 interview. “I move around somewhat quickly. I cover a lot of time in a short space. That gives a different sense of event.” Time sprints by in Improvement, her new novel, and events over time interlink with a click-shut finality.

  • January 23rd, 2018

    We like to say that the making of poetry and lyric prose is not dependent on a prior narrative and that no particular kind of experience is required for creativity. We see what occurs and then create new forms in order to newly present the world to ourselves. Nevertheless, prior narratives won’t die without a fight.