WORKS: Books and Manuscripts

Here is a chance to read scenes from five 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.

Published Books

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.

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The American Stage—Lyrics: Global Warning

Two Scientists—S1 and S2—stand beside an EPA Administrator seated before a desk with a laptop on the raised platform.

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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, while one became the subject of a Paul Simon Broadway musical. In this passage we see ibn kenyatta’s (K’s) brutal run-in with a transit policeman in 1974 after jumping a subway turnstile in the Bronx led to a struggle for his life. But even more brutal in many respects was the charge of attempted murder that has kept him behind bars for forty-eight years for a crime he did not commit.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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