WORKS: Books and Manuscripts
Here is a chance to read scenes from eleven titles-- BWLF and ten other book-length manuscripts. Each scene is short (about ten minutes) and you're invited to browse, much as you would read articles in a magazine, or look at paintings in a gallery. Your thoughts and impressions are most welcome.
Books and Manuscripts
The American Stage (Novel)
The American Stage is a lyrical mix of irony and intrigue, with a deliberately humorous touch, in which a determined young woman writes a scathing musical to express her frustrations with the 45th presidency and her concerns for the world.
From Another World (Memoir)
This nonfiction account explores the lives of four members of a poetry workshop at Green Haven in Stormville, NY in 1976-67 – two of whom are still alive, one still in prison, while one became the subject of a Paul Simon Broadway Musical. The short section below highlights both Salvador Agron’s transformational experience in prison, as well as the very different points of view, still visible in America, about people in prison and rehabilitation.
A Letter that Inspired “From Another World”
A poetry workshop at Green Haven Correctional Facility in Stormville, New York, taught me that literature could become a shared experience with the potential to make the world a better place. The author of this letter, ibn kenyatta (or K), is himself a testament both to genius and to courage—an artist and poet who is still in jail because he refuses to deny his innocence.
Finding Dimitri (Novel)
While seeking to discover the truth behind his best friend’s disappearance in Pinochet’s Chile, photographer Marten Sorensen ends up playing a game of life and death with the devil.
The Letter that Inspired “Finding Dimitri”
Dimitry (who inspired the character of Dimitri Androv in the novel) became my best friend when I was an exchange student in Concepción, Chile. I was there in 1964-65, and we continued our friendship through a decade of correspondence, as well as a memorable visit to my home in Bergen County, N.J. After a careless move in which much of my personal correspondence was lost, this is the only remaining letter I have from Dimitry.
Sleeping Sickness (Novel)
Blocked in his career at The Myriad Corporation, and betrayed by his wife Yvette, aspiring novelist Rodger Davies tries to reclaim both his life and his fiction.
The Northern Spy (Novel)
Agent Felix Andropov, once assigned to guard Rasputin, struggles to recreate his life and his marriage against a backdrop of extraordinary political events and a haunting series of murders in 1920 Petrograd.
Silver and the Angels (Novel)
Journalist Constance Graham tries to resolve the many implausible riddles that arise when a family of “angels” (or are they vampires?) war against the industrialization of the human species, in the wake of unexplained, violent murders that rock Stamford, Connecticut.
Once a famous 18th Century naturalist and friend to Ben Franklin, Mendel wakes up to discover he’s a black-Lab-Terrier mix in this comic dystopian drama where the excesses of American politics provoke a divine act of retribution from ancient Greece.
Fremin Le May chronicles his adventures with 15th Century French poet Francois Villon across courts, brothels and prisons in this ironic and sometimes strident confession.
*Part 1 of the Afterlife Trilogy
While seeking to resolve his wife’s disappearance, a travel writer uncovers mysteries in the White Mountains that lead to ghosts, CIA revelations, and disturbing answers to political events that shook America in the 1960s. The story begins with an unusual train ride.
Manhattan Wildelife (Novel)
*Part 2 of the Afterlife Trilogy
Naomi Nesbitt struggles to establish herself as both a woman and a journalist, as she is pushed to cover a wide variety of stories for Manhattan Wildelife. These range from the mysterious discovery of foxes in Central Park, to the poisoning of a Chinese dissident painter at a Midtown gallery, to four successive murders in central Manhattan.
*Part 3 of the Afterlife Trilogy
Roger Martens struggles to unravel what really happened in the JFK assassination through a series of provocative labyrinths in an article for Currents Magazine.