Tales To Be Told Before Growing Too Old
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The Day My Eyes Froze Shut 11:11
The Sad Gray Cat 33:45
Postcard from Cairo 24:19
Granddad’s Poultry Brothers 20:21
My Gastronomic Tour 37:52
One Way To Learn French 31:40
Thanksgiving Out East 37:20
One White Suit 27:58
An idea imparted to me by my friend Mo Cecil, during our college days in the 1960s: why and how I taught myself to sew.
Labyrinth Game 2:10
This is a game I fixated on, as a 12-year-old, much as kids do these days with video games. My hands don’t seem to have forgotten.
A Michigan Quartet
1) Motor City Farewell 44:08
In the late 1960s, a college kid discovers a limit to alienation and a lure of nearly free land.
2) A Safe Place in the Woods 41:44
On an Upper Peninsula hillside, a boy builds a cabin–not using logs but lumber and salvaged windows–helped by some pencil sketches drawn by his father.
3) A White and Blue Christmas 37:54
Hope and despair in the snowy woods; love denied but friendship sealed.
4) My Have-A-Heart Mousetrap 43:51
Life in the woods, fraught with snares that could make any liberal queasy.
1) Sweet Sister Anne 22:00
Sisterly love. How the golden girl of Ithaca, NY, showed kindness for her sad younger brother. Back in the 1950s.
2) Taxi to Westport 17:42
NY taxi tale in the 1980s. Reagan greed, crack cocaine, and a drunken yuppie’s sailboat.
3) The Time I Swallowed A Nail 13:04
A 4-year-old, once he’s told a big lie, can’t withdraw it in favor of the truth.
4) Blackmailing Kurt V 28:54
A NYC blackmailer confesses his crime, successful in execution yet an utter defeat.
5) Dad’s Worldwide Fame 10:29
How my father’s reputation had a way of catching up with me in the unlikeliest locations.
6) Little Italy Little Italy 6:35
A young girl in NY, a taxi driver, and their shared language secret.
7) My Resplendent Quetzal 26:10
Dental despair leads to underserved ornithological bliss. Costa Rica in the 1980s.
8) Six Poems for Dad 20:51
A father, a son, a family secret and a papier – mache egg.
9) A Drive in the Jungle 18:10
A boy finds fear and bombed bridges, in Vietnam, in 1960.
10) Hipper Than Hip 31:49
A chicken dinner on the way to a hip film turns into a night of rare romance.
1) Granddad’s Orphan Boy 31:37
Pacifism pro and con. From the Mayflower to the Underground Railway to Vietnam, a family makes its way.
2) A French Coincidence
An old frenchman meets a NY cabby who had studied in the same tiny French village where the old man had grown up. Then- that same night – in a different part of NY, they meet again.
3) Heaven on Wheels
A dream meal after a bargain flight from NYC to Belgium, in 1985.
4) Princeton Farewell 18:15
A kindergartener swallows his Davy Crocket bullet and leaves town, 1954.
5) My Favorite Bible
Religious wit and wisdom. A 12-year-old Presbyterian boy covets a gold-embossed Bible.
6) Dad’s Request
Love and despair. My father’s last, most personal request that I help with something he can’t manage alone.
7) The Brush in the Bush
Tots in a van and the wisdom they impart.
8) Messenger from Moscow
Late one NYC night, driving a misty cab ride to Brooklyn, a Russian beauty recounts a strange Russian novel.
9) Granddads Circular Slide Rule Desk
A world-class statistician builds a desk full of surprises.
10) Competent Sailing with Dad
A boy discovers his father’s fallibility.
11) Mushroom Maven
A dinner of chanterelle mushrooms. On are they? In a remote cabin, in 1975.
12) Night Run
The bliss of a boy who runs, barefoot, the late-night streets of his town.
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A Nude I Knew In Paris
Philip 5-eyes is a high school hockey ace who, despite wearing thick glasses, has a preternatural sense for which teammate will arrive where, and exactly when. However, his luck with girls has never been as sharp as this fifth eye. Not until he flies with his parents to Paris, where he learns about nudes in art books, on sidewalk billboards, and elsewhere.
Midnight and Sometimes Later
A railroad novel that describes the lives of men who work on freight trains – and the women with whom they’re involved – in Minnesota in the 1970s. Its characters hang out in a Minneapolis demimonde of seedy bars and pool halls fed by soul music, booze
The Deep Lake Dragon
A hitchhiking drifter falls in love with a modern dancer, lives with her in New York City, then hitchhikes west. Although he loves her still, his footloose life tempts him to compare her charms to those of a former girlfriend. The ensuing heartache forces him to examine who he is–a carefree rambler, or a man committed to