My new author photo

This was taken today, September 2, Labor Day weekend, 2017. I was asleep, when my friend, Ben Loeterman, took this photo. I NEVER take naps. Okay, I nap when I am sick in bed with fever and chills. But never on the beach. Until today. Perhaps this a breakthrough. Or maybe it was just the…

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It’s all in the text. My Shakespeare Crush #4

I went to graduate school in English because I loved fiction and poetry. I left graduate school because, in the words of poet Billy Collins: “…all they want to do is tie the poem to a chair with rope and torture a confession out of it. They begin beating it with a hose to find…

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Say what? My Shakespeare Crush #3

We were lined up in rows, face to face, with a stranger. One of the two instructors of the Shakespeare Workout, Paula Plum, told us to address the following sentences to our partners: I like you. I love you. I adore you. I worship you.” We were to say this, taking turns, while looking one another…

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“What’s in a Workout?” My Shakespeare Crush #2

My six-week “Shakespeare Workout “was taught by the Jennie Israel and Paula Plum,* founding members of the Actors Shakespeare Project. ASP began in 2004 with the goal of closing the distance between audiences and Shakespeare’s plays. Since then, productions have been mounted without elaborate sets or costumes in non-traditional community venues: churches and schools and such.…

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My Shakespeare Crush #1

The Actors Shakespeare Project is a Boston-area theater company that mounts its productions in venues hither (Brighton High School), thither (Cambridge Multicultural Center), and yon (Church of the Covenant). I’ve seen many of their productions, support the company, and read their emails for news about upcoming plays. A few months ago, the ASP message line read, “Join…

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Remembering Moshe Triwaks

I met Moshe Triwaks in Jerusalem in 2000. I was in Israel to visit my daughter who was in Israel for a semester-long high school program. Moshe Triwaks’s company, Matar, had just published the Israeli translation of my first novel, The Red Tent, and when he heard I was in the country, he drove from…

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What I’ve been doing

Walking the neighborhood with Toby, sweet dog, mine since August. #rescuelove Updating the first book I ever wrote (The New Jewish Wedding, 1984, updated 2004) which is now called THE JEWISH WEDDING NOW. This isn’t a revision so much as a rewrite. Love the cover. Going to live performances (theater, music, dance) to keep my heart beating. Limiting…

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The Morning After

I am sitting in Terminal E at Logan Airport waiting for my flight to Toronto, trying to think about how to explain or describe or understand. The election has knocked me down and broken my heart. I will survive this. America will survive and someday, make amends. I know this is a historic swing. Nativism…

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It is forbidden to despair

“It is forbidden to despair,” said Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav, a 19th century Hasidic teacher who suffered from depression. I imagine him pounding his fist on a table in a dimly lit room, shouting those words to his demons. Fifty years ago, TV screens flickered with images of policemen unleashing dogs on peaceful civil rights…

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