Dublin Writers Festival – 2001

Dublin celebrated Bloomsday 2001 with four days of literary readings hosted in civic buildings by Dublin Corporation. Writers' festivals are based on a strange concept. Film festivals or drama festivals celebrate art forms which are intended to  ...

Journey to Portugal – Jose Saramago

Journey to Portugal offers the pleasures of an engaging travel book coupled with the deeper enjoyment of sharing an excursion with a world-class storyteller. Written several years prior to his acclaimed 1995 novel Blindness, Saramago’s Journey to Portugal is  ...

Mrs. Hollingsworth’s Men – Padgett Powell

How many struggling writers wouldn’t give their eyeteeth to be in Padgett Powell’s predicament? Since the publication of Edisto, his highly praised 1984 debut novel about a young boy’s eccentric upbringing in the Deep South, Powell has been in  ...

The Dying Animal – Philip Roth

David Kepesh is a breast man. When author Philip Roth first introduced us to him in the 1973 novella The Breast, the 38-year-old professor of comparative literature was the victim of a Kafkaesque medical anomaly that resulted in his  ...

Billy Barnes’ Divas

Billy Barnes first enjoyed fame with a series of musical revues. He went on to write special material for Danny Kaye, Judy Garland, Sonny and Cher and the Academy Award telecasts. This album gathers together a collection of songs  ...

Joan Ryan

Review of San Francisco appearance with Lee Lessack . Joan Ryan starred in the original production of Marvin Laird and Joel Paley's Ruthless! and has appeared in a number of other shows including Little Shop of Horrors, Joseph  ...

Mer de Noms – A Perfect Circle

At this point, approximately fifty years into its existence, it can be fairly expected that "rock" is not going to cough up a new paradigm anytime soon. The advent of digital sampling technology and turntable manipulation, both of which  ...

Tender Comrades

derma e Vitamin A Retinyl Palmitate Wrinkle Treatment Creme The statistics of the McCarthy era still are mind boggling: 6.5 million U.S. citizens were investigated for "loyalty" by state or federal agencies, including the FBI. In the  ...

My Father, Dancing

Bliss Broyard’s collection of short stories, My Father, Dancing, is so splendidly nuanced that one is tempted to overstate the book’s low-keyed charms. In this era of blockbuster bestsellers and publishing "sensations," the small pleasures of Broyard’s stories are  ...