At DF Dance Studio, Peter — his black shirt and pants bedecked with a red tie — walks onto the stage with his team, Fuego (Fire). His lissom dance partner, “the lady in red, she in the chile con carne red,brilliant as the shine of a pepper crimson in the summer sun,…crimson arrow amidst the […]
Military metaphors vs Stockholm Syndrome: fighting Doña Quixote, aka my dementia, or cozying up to her?
It’s been a while since I last posted a blog. Blame Doña Quixote. Afrikaans has a crass but apt expression when it comes to how I feel toward the Doña lately: more than once during the past months I’ve told her, “Jy maak my tiete lam,” or, “You make my tits droop.” So what has […]
Says Sissy Spacek, “I read a book called Memory’s Last Breath”—part of her research for Castle Rock’s “The Queen”
Last week, my editor at Hachette, Paul Whitlatch, sent me a note saying, “I just noticed that the actress Sissy Spacek mentioned the book (and calls you “brilliant”) in this New York Magazine piece!” To say I’m no movie buff is an overstatement, but even I have heard of Sissy Spacek! Given my deficient memory, […]
Memory’s Last Breath is a finalist in Utah’s 2018 15 Bytes Book Awards, Gerda reads at Sam Weller’s on October 18
For the past 6 years, 15 Bytes, “Utah’s Art Magazine,” has offered literary awards for adult fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The 15 Bytes Book Awards are the only statewide literary book award for professional, independently published books that appeared in the previous year. Three guest, Utah-based, judges were tasked with ranking nominations based on […]