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My Alices

[This little piece was first posted to LiveJournal long ago, and then appeared in the magazine of the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Texas, where my papers are lodged.] A critical (best sense) reader of my work once wrote an entire essay about allusions to and...

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...