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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...

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...

A YEAR’S DREAMS

In the period from early 2009 to sometime late in 2010 I had a number of often lengthy and sometimes highly weird dreams that I remembered in detail on waking.  I, or my brain, lately seem to have lost much of the knack of remembering...

Tigers in Lavender: 3

Tigers in Lavender: 3 In 1951 Indiana University took over from Kenyon College a famed but underfunded institute, the School of English, which IU renamed the School of Letters. For years the Summer Institute of the School of Letters drew pre-eminent writers and scholars to give...

Tigers in Lavender: 2

TIGERS IN LAVENDER: 2 Continuing the story of the making of a student film in Indiana in 1964, begun in the previous post: The Bolex camera that the photography department had – and which Lance Bird and I hogged for the remaining year and more of college...

Tigers in Lavender 1

1. Long Long Ago Some years ago I was watching the Bob Dylan documentary No Direction Home, produced by Martin Scorsese. There was a scene of Dylan on stage in London 1n 1965, possibly 1966 (I haven’t re-watched the film), that had been shot from a...