Food for a Journey: Poems and prayers and memories of a renaissance man

I have written many book reviews over the decades, but this one means a lot to me. It’s about a book of poetry by my cousin – a friend, a former priest, an editor of an acclaimed Jesuit magazine, America, an appellate attorney in the Criminal Division of the US Department of Justice fighting for … Continue reading Food for a Journey: Poems and prayers and memories of a renaissance man

The Present: Bringing Chekhov’s real life to the stage

Some of my most pleasant memories of my graduate school days at New York University in the late sixties were the lectures by Professor Robert W. Corrigan, then Dean of the School of the Arts, and an acknowledged drama educator, critic and writer. He reminded me of Robert Redford: he had the looks, a beautiful … Continue reading The Present: Bringing Chekhov’s real life to the stage

An Irish journey around the Sydney Writers’ Festival

The Sydney Writers’ Festival ended over a week ago, and I thought it might be too late to write about it, until I received an email this week from the Artistic Director, Jemma Birrell, with a summary of the books fest, a newsletter titled “It’s a Wrap.” http://bit.ly/1hqKA41 She quoted Irish author, Emma Donoghue (photo … Continue reading An Irish journey around the Sydney Writers’ Festival

‘Dem Bums’ are coming to town; Time to root for the home team

Baseball is America’s national pastime. Well, that’s what US sportswriters and columnists have been saying since the National League was founded in 1876. I’m not so sure now, given the amount of publicity afforded to the National Football League and the Super Bowl, and the National Basketball Association, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s March … Continue reading ‘Dem Bums’ are coming to town; Time to root for the home team