TEDx Talk, Tango, the Dance, the Journey, the Transformation

Para mis amigos quienes hablan español: LA TRADUCCION – por Demian Gawianski (demian@tangospanish.com) 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 […]

My Personal Peace Movement

(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 […]

Tango with a Stranger, NGT

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

Wilderness Discount!

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 […]

New Books, Come Party!

Wilderness Begins at Home cover

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 […]

The Heart of the Matter

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 […]

Protected: The Oil Man Cometh

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Books, Old or New, Perfect Gifts Anytime

The Last Cannoli book cover

Books by Camille Cusumano, old & new, perfect gifts anytime.

Three New Tango Books

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Three new tango books—a novella, travel essays, and reportage on teaching tango in Africa.

The Serenity of Influence

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.

Wilderness Begins at Home, an excerpt

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 […]