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  I’ve never been able to say anything good about the city where I grew up. If you look up Wikipedia’s list of Notable People from there, you won’t find anyone you ever heard of. Next to the oil refinery and the chemical plant, there were huge bright yellow piles of sulfur in the open […]


For a program called Word Play in NYC on March 29, I read the following non-fiction pieces. The announced theme of the evening was experiences that were embarrassing or humiliating: ONE Will it surprise you to learn that I belong to an oppressed minority? A minority that has long been subject to humiliation, disgrace, and […]

NOT WHAT YOU THINK–Being Yourself Isn’t as Easy as You Always Assumed

Dear Friends, Adversaries, Acquaintances, and Strangers:                                              (I believe that takes in everyone.)   This is a journey in search of identity, which sometimes isn’t what we think.   We begin in New York […]


As a young boy, I didn’t speak properly—I only said vowels. Without consonants, of course, it was hard for anyone except my family and regular playmates to figure out what I was saying. My parents were assured by doctors and a psychologist that I wasn’t deaf or retarded. I would grow out of it. When […]