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An Idol of my Youth

A great luminary of the modern performing arts has left us: Eric Salzman.

— I remember devouring Eric’s 20th Century Music History book in college;
To all you dancers with whom I’ve shared a host of new music, this man started me up!

— I remember being validated in my study and creation of outside-the-box works when I heard Eric champion the term/idea “Music Theater;”
To all my colleagues and collaborators in the theater, this man helped set us on a new path.

— I remember meeting Eric when I moved to New York to work at NYU’s Musical Theater Writing Program, and saw a man juggle a complex career as a composer, writer, and producer;
To all my friends pushing for their creative efforts, this man made me humble, but also think I could do anything!

May the next life be just as radical for you, Mr. Salzman.

(NY Times obit):

 

 

The Art of the Nosedive

To make a new thing happen, sometimes you have to go to rack and ruin. On the cover of my new book, there is an image of pandemonium, a burning tower with people leaping from it. For The Qaraq and the Subversive Manuscript it references the horrors of 9/11, but it is actually a very… Continue Reading

A Thousand Years of Solicitude

I have just published the most difficult thing I have ever written. During the nine years I spent working on this book, I experienced my first case of writer’s block, a scam from a vanity press, and three quagmirish slowdowns during the editorial process. I kicked off these hardships with research that included digesting a… Continue Reading

Can Visionary Fiction Trump Violence?

A year ago, when I contributed to Zoe Brooks’ wonderful Magic Realism Bloghop, it was so easy to post about that literary genre in relation to my fantasy series, 1001, The Reincarnation Chronicles.  But just a year later, how do I write about Magic when the Realism of the world is so violent, dire, and contentious — not… Continue Reading

Magic in the Time of Conventions

A year ago, when I contributed to Zoe Brooks’ wonderful Magic Realism Bloghop, it was so easy to post about that literary genre in relation to my fantasy series, 1001, The Reincarnation Chronicles.  But just a year later, how do I write about fantasy and wonder when the Realism of the world is so violent, dire,… Continue Reading

Magic Realism Bloghop: Free Tale

The Tale of the Indaki and the Neuromistressa (excerpt) You said it to yourself a thrillion times, I-zaea old chawmp: you’re nothing like them. They may be great whakatani when they grow up, but these Draill U students are immature, neurotic, competitive, aggressive, unresponsive, and very, very talented. So what if you weren’t as technically… Continue Reading

The Tale of the Heavenly Music Room

I’m proud to say a story of mine has been published in January’s WritingRaw, an online literary magazine.  “The Tale of the Heavenly Music Room” is one of the Path of Heaven stories that pop up during the 1001 series. Here’s the synopsis: Bored with walking serenely down the Path of Heaven, two musician souls, Stint and Loquat, come upon… Continue Reading

REVIEW: The Goddess Within by Iva Kenaz

As a follower of the Visionary Fiction Alliance, I enjoy learning about new authors and books that, like the 1001, The Reincarnation Chronicles series, address themes of expanding human consciousness. Iva Kenaz is a lovely writer from the Czech Republic who bravely writes in English about witches, fauns, and The Goddess Within.  Here is my review of her… Continue Reading

The Magical Harmony of Andalusia

I heard an extraordinary concert recently that was a breath of fresh cultural love and harmony in the midst of all the hate and violence in the world now.  It was a collaboration between: al-Bustan Takht Ensemble, an instrumental band playing Arabic music, Dalal Abu Amneh, a beautiful and mellifluous Palestinian vocalist in the tradition… Continue Reading

25 New Beatles Albums, Part 3

Now that I’m done with 1001, Book 2 capitalism for a bit, I can complete my summer promise to share my playlists for fantasy albums by The Beatles.  Fantasy because the albums came from after their break-up, using the best songs from their solo albums in any given year. Given the great response to my initial post-Beatles article, which you… Continue Reading