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Note to visitors: I have over the years accumulated a number of small units of prose for which I cna find no use, and also ideas that I have no particular [i.e. profitable] reason to put into words but which I feel a parental obligation to bring into being. These are the things that will be found here. Some allow comments and some don’t. I hope you enjoy one or two.  In addition things of interest (podcasts, etc.) will also appear irregularly.

TIGERS IN LAVENDER 4

TIGERS IN LAVENDER  4 Meanwhile Lance and I together and separately did become filmmakers, and did work in film (almost all in 16mm) that we are proud of:  but it was documentary films we made, not dreamy and impossible fantasy.  Among the things we learned in this career was that the...

The Former End of the World

Because I have been doing research for a novel that takes place at the time of the Cuban missile crisis, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I have come to call the Former End of the World: that time when we lived with the...

History at UCDavis

On April 11 I will be at the University of California at Davis, to deliver the annual Eugene Lunn Memorial Address in History. The title of the adress is Transformations of History in Fiction, a topic close to my heart and mind. My own books will get...

A Year’s Dreams Part 3

  These dream accounts were made several years ago when for no reason I know, I began to have vivid story-like dreams almost nightly. You (dear reader) may be among that small population that enjoys hearing...

The Accu-thump of Googletarity

THE ACCU-THUMP OF GOOGLETARITY How much did a condom cost in 1944?  What did the package look like, where could one be bought? Were there machines in the toilets (we called them toilets) of bars, as there were in the late 1950s?  I was writing a...