More than half of 2016 is behind us, and it’s a good time for a mid-year book review. How is your reading going? Mine is a little slower than I would have liked, but I’m reading some terrific stuff, so let’s get started. One of my guilty pleasures was re-reading Tana French’s thriller Faithful Place. […]

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The State of the State July flew by. What can I say? Margie returned safely to Australia, via two weeks in Toronto and Montreal. I settled back to whatever normal is these days, and managed to get a ton of writing done. Let us hope August is as generous. The State of the Novel A […]

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Every summer, Lakewood Theatre stages a special extra production as its season opener and as a gift to its season ticket holders. This year’s show is the Portland area premiere of a Broadway heavy-hitter, Nine. Based on Frederico Fellini’s surreal, semi-autobiographical film 8 1/2, Nine is the brainchild of composer/lyricist Maury Yeston, who saw 8 1/2 as a teenager and […]

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Thornton Wilder’s play, The Skin of Our Teeth, could have been written yesterday. With the exception of Mrs. Antrobus’s  (Linda Alper) dated do and the existence of a family maid, Sabina (Sara Hennessy), the Antrobus pad in Excelsior, New Jersey, sometime around 1940, just as easily could be current day Lake Oswego. Only what’s that block of ice […]

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The State of the State Running a bit behind my self-imposed schedule this month. There has been another move. I purchased my sister’s condo. She moved her stuff out. I moved my stuff in. While this was not the total chaos of last October, it took it’s toll. Quite simply, I had not downsized enough. […]

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The daffodils have come and gone. Flowers that shouldn’t be here until May are blooming their little heads off. I am going through another real estate transaction, purchasing the condominium I have occupied since October. And, because of changes at my job, I’ve been working full-time. This has somewhat cramped my style writing. That said, […]

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There is no peace in Portland for Anton Chekhov. Last year, his play The Seagull was spoofed to great effect in Portland Center Stage’s production of  Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, and this year we have Stupid F#*@ing Bird, also at PCS. SFB is “sort of adapted” from The Seagull, according to playwright […]

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