Fiction in Literary Mama

I’m excited to have a short story up in this month’s Literary Mama.

It’s a story about midlife/mid-motherhood transition, against the background of a Jewish holiday.


Creative Nonfiction Piece in the Jewish Literary Journal

I’m honored to have a creative nonfiction piece, The Sukkah, featured in this month’s issue of the Jewish Literary Journal.

I walked around with this story in my head for over twenty years. While sitting in our family sukkah last fall, it suddenly occurred to me that I could write it …

jewish literary journal essay

Poem in antiBODY anthology

A medical procedure this past winter left me with some strong feelings.

As this poem was taking shape, I happened to see a call for submissions to an online poetry anthology about “the human body and the use of, connection to, and/or necessity for medical apparatuses in all their forms.”

The anthology, antiBODY, has now gone live. It’s lovely. I’m very grateful to the editor, poet Calvin Olsen, for including my poem in it.

Interesting links


Thought-provoking essay about the trend toward replacing human workers with automated processes. Among other things the essay discusses a new model for the hotel industry (the video embedded in the essay is worth watching). Is CitizenM really the wave of the future?

How long before people get sick of the globalized aesthetic and undifferentiated staff  “hired on personality?” My guess is that the model will continue to suit a younger demographic, but that many “mobile citizens” will eventually age out of it.

leaning la cultural center metropolis mag

Modern architecture tends to produce icons with wow factor, rather than buildings with the biophilic properties identified by theorist Nikos Salingaros, based on Christopher Alexander’s design principles. I suspect that Salingaros would hate this design for a Los Angeles cultural center, on the grounds that buildings shouldn’t lean, unless they’re a tower in Pisa or explicitly intended to cause anxiety in human beings.

Wendell Berry on “barbaric” plans to cut the budget of the University Press of Kentucky:

To destroy the University Press of Kentucky, as our governor now proposes to do, may be required to uphold our state’s reputation for ignorance, but it is not required by poverty. The sum to be withheld is a small fraction of what we pay into the salaries of university administrators.

Here’s a link to a review of a new edition of Berry’s selected verse, in The Guardian.

David Gardiner’s excellent stories

I’ve been reading a lot more short fiction lately than I ever did at any time in the past. It’s not nice to admit, I know, but I was always a novel person, by default.

During the decades when I wrote for the drawer, it was always “novels.”

Lately I’ve become more interested in writing short fiction, and that has sparked a reading campaign. Or is it the other way around?

I stumbled upon this website quite by accident — British author David Gardiner. His stories  attest to an admirably fertile and flexible imagination, and an ability to capture many different kinds of voices. I’ve been making my way through them gradually. I find them inspiring.

Some are quite funny — here’s one about an “unconventional relationship.”