(Appeared in SKIRT!, August, 2009) In late 2006, I arrived in Buenos Aires with hair under my fingernails and blood in my eye. I was down and out after a long relationship ended. I had done the unspeakable—pulled the other woman’s hair. Along with three suitcases, I had brought my chagrin, broken heart and adequate […]
Now and then in Buenos Aires, I have the urge to rub against a man I’ve never met. When that occurs, I usually go to La Boca, the barrio that throbs with the afterglow of Italian immigrants who
If you couldn’t make the book launch parties for WILDERNESS BEGINS AT HOME, Travels with my Big Sicilian Family, or books were sold out, here is the promo code and link to let you purchase the book for the same price as you would’ve paid at the parties: Click here. When asked, enter this promo […]
Come celebrate the publication: Wilderness Begins at Home, Travels with My Big Sicilian family, a memoir and La Cucina di Carmela, my mother’s cookbook, published posthumously by her ten children. 1. West Coast: Thursday, April 14, 2016 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Food, wine, music The Grotto (in the Sports Basement) 1590 Bryant St., San […]
February 14th, 2006–10, I was living in Buenos Aires, dancing tango every day. I knew that on Valentine’s Day none of my beloved tango partners would make any gesture of recognition of our love—even if it was platonic. But, don’t cry for me, I told my North American friends. Come July, in the tango dance […]
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As Molly read last night, I found that little compartment of my brain that is ever alert for messages from the muse taking in ideas for writing short stories. Her story read like European cinema, her style was so refined and well-crafted I felt I imbibed it like a cup of calming herbal tea. Harold Bloom, a crusty but respected literary critic might call this The Anxiety of Influence (a 1967 academic oeuvre). However, no one writes in a vacuum (oh, except for James Joyce, but that’s another story). I call it The Serenity of Influence.
From the memoir, Wilderness Begins at Home, Travels with my big Sicilian Family, to be published in 2016 Chapter 1 La Familia Tutti Bene in Sicilia, 2006 A family reunion in the old country—it had such a nice ring to it. But when I read my brother Tom’s email suggesting our clan meet in Sicily […]
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Details are here 2015 Tango on the Mountain (Tamalpais)
FREE! Sunday, October 4th at 4 P.M at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista, Corte Madera, CA Savor a moveable feast of travel stories with the accent on all things French. Mill Valley author Lisa Alpine hosts this effervescent literary afternoon featuring a cadre of très magnifique authors including: • Erin Byrne is author of Wings […]
September 12, 2015 1–5pm • $95/person • limited to 10 participants 1650 Jackson Street, San Francisco Instructor: Camille Cusumano, award-winning travel writer since the 1980s and former food & travel editor at VIA Magazine. REGISTER WITH PAYPAL BUTTON: “Travel writing is one of the oldest forms of literary endeavors.” Everybody travels today and many write […]
Hearing impaired or sound is off for you? Here’s the full text: There was a man, a Bear really, dressed as a man. I was warmed by his blue eyes, seduced by his cowboy French. He was a Utahan by birth, an Alaskan by design. I followed him into the mountains out West. He made […]
Sultan in Palermo, A: A Novel by Tariq Ali My rating: 4 of 5 stars If you think Islam beats out Christianity for brutality, you will think again after reading this historically accurate novel by British-Pakistani historian/novelist Tariq Ali. It takes place around 1150 in Sicily during the period when the Normans had accomplished a […]
I earned an official Argentine Tango teaching certificate in 2006 through the teacher training course with Christy Cote. The training is DVIDA approved. But my real knowledge and understanding of the dance came with miles and miles on the dance floors everywhere, but most especially in Buenos Aires during the nearly four years, I called […]
Anyone who writes experiences how it taps a different brain from the everyday one. Invariably, the writing space, entered as in meditation, allows loss and submerged pain to float to surface. Writers often face these feelings, along with the joyful ones, as signage to meaningful, redemptive stories, taking refuge in the practice. Consider this daylong workshop, a safe haven for personal writing—about loss or gain. We will write, chat, and work on crafting your precious material, with occasional personalized “soft” critiques.
Para mis amigos quienes hablan español: LA TRADUCCION – por Demian Gawianski (firstname.lastname@example.org) Conferencia TEDx en Lower Eastside sobre “Tango: el baile, el viaje, la transformación”, 25 de octubre de 2013 Había una niña que pescaba con un anzuelo recto. La gente se reía de ella. “¿Por qué estás pescando con un anzuelo recto, niña […]