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July 16, 2016

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In the fall of 1995 I crouched on a bench in Central Park.  It was a crisp, blue sky day.  I had been writing another novel about the Vietnam War resistance in previous years.  But I had begun fiddling with…

July 4, 2016

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                                              TERRI HALL Terri Hall (1953-1995) was an actress of the Golden Age of Erotic Films.  She had been trained as a dancer and performed with the Harkness Ballet, the Stuttgart Ballet and the American Ballet Theater.  Interested in acting,…

July 2, 2016

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I boarded the N train at the 31st Street station in Astoria.  It was a gorgeous fall day in New York City in the fall of 1994.  I had moved to the city a few months before. I watched the…

June 20, 2016

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In the summer of 1992 I walked out of the Kinko’s in Columbia, South Carolina, with a box full of books.  The box contained the first book I had ever published.  It was, oddly, a book on religious art.  Yet…

June 4, 2016

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                                           TURIN EROTIC PAPYRUS The Turin Erotic Papyrus is a collection of sexual illustrations.  The artist is unknown.  It was created in Deir el-Medina, a village near Thebes in Egypt, about 1150  BC, during the reign of Pharoah Rameses the…

May 29, 2016

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I was still in Columbia in the spring of 1992.  Sitting on my porch, I read a story by Mark Twain.  In it the greatest writer who had ever existed was never published, and his scripts were locked away in…

May 20, 2016

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                                             PIETRO ARETINO Pietro Aretino (1492-1556) was a poet, playwright, satirist and letter-writer.  He is known as the as the father of…

May 5, 2016

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                                            GERARD DAMIANO Gerard Damiano (1928-2008) was a director and writer of erotic films.  His works included Deep Throat, The Devil in Miss Jones, Memories within Miss Aggie, The Story of Joanna, Let My…

May 1, 2016

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I crouched up in the mountain stream that overlooked Sidney Park. In the southern heat, it was cooler up by the water.  I had moved to moved to Columbia, South Carolina in 1991.  Suddenly, I pulled out the script for…

April 23, 2016

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I traveled down to Monroe Harbor to write.  It was summer 1988, and I lived in Chicago.  Listening to the boats clank, I lay on the slope above Lake Michigan.  I pulled out the script of Ceremonies.  It was the…