Lookee Here . . .

—From EF— I have developed a highly itchy reaction to any photo wherein one person, grinning at the camera, is pointing his/her (usually his) index finger at the other person. “Looky here!” One person who does this a lot is he-who-shall-not-be-named, and I...

Stir & Stew . . .

—From CB— We’ve returned from four days at a music festival a couple of hours north of here, about our fourth time and for once not blindingly hot. Very mellow days, in fact, very laid-back schedule, good sleep except for the final night when our neighbors were...

Down in Flames . . .

—From EF— In early May I went on a whirlwind trip to upstate New York to see our dear friend and theatre-partner Camilla Schade before she passed through the veil. It was to have been a family visit, Johanna was planning to fly in from Italy (Eli and Meg had been able...

More Goddamned Politics . . .

—From CB— I try to avoid political rants, except for brief snarks. But watching the early process of candidates struggling for position, I’m struck again by an earlier theme: the construction of identity. It’s not difficult to understand why the Founding Fathers...

Success . . .

—From EF— Well, at least I don’t have to decide whether to impeach myself, but I am indeed going around in circles trying to put a whole pile of procrastinated accounting stuff in shape, so I sympathise. For me, overdue tasks have the aura of wet smelly mop, and...

Am I Me?

—From CB— For me, identity has always been an improv. I was named after my father, only to find years later that his name was actually Bert. I went by my middle name Joy until high school, when they enrolled me in the girls’ gym class—I didn’t realize my good fortune...

Masks . . .

—From EF— We’re getting close to the end of the fifth draft of our next novel, working title Masks. Nothing autobiographical here, just a story of a family of touring players making an annual circuit playing their own comedies from village to village. Major...

The Reality of Myth . . .

—From CB— I don’t believe in the paranormal, but we live in it. One needn’t swear to belief in astrology, ghosts, gods or psychic double-shuffles to behave as if we do. Too much is unpredictable, defying logic, incapable of proof. We’ve adapted two Greek myths to the...

Traveling . . .

—From EF—       Traveling can be harsh. Not so much when getting into our Prius to drive 600 miles a day to cross the country, it’s a comfy car and we have each other, but it does take stamina. On the other hand, grabbing a last-minute ticket and flying from San...

Into the Wind . . .

—From CB— At art fairs, I’ve often wondered how it feels for artists to sit by their work as they watch the world pass by with barely a glance. Must be what I felt at the BABF this weekend, as we sit in our outdoor booth hawking our wares: two anthologies of our...

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