Tag Archives: Upper West Side

The Nuclear Age & Gospozha Malishcheff

A moving (by its end) documentary about Rachmaninoff’s life and music. I had a very small contact with his story. And the documentary includes scenes that my Russian teacher spoke about.   The sky that covered us with lifegiving air, the sky brightened by the lifegiving sun changed for our generation. It didn’t shelter us […]

THE NUCLEAR AGE—Character Source

  The sky that covered us with lifegiving air, the sky brightened by the lifegiving sun changed for our generation. It didn’t shelter us— it exposed us to UFOs and the Bomb. “Duck and cover, children. Duck and cover. You only have seconds when you see The Bright Flash.” And so we were terrified by […]

LIMITS OF COMEDY

In recent years it seems anything can be the subject of comedy—even on television, at least on cable. And, of course, much of the reality we find ourselves in richly deserves restorative mockery. But an experience I had in the 1990s suggests that some topics will—or should—always be off-limits to comedy. For a couple of […]

MY WORDS IN DUBLIN AND DELHI

I just learned from my publisher of one-acts (One Act Play Depot, oneactplays.net) that a company in Dublin has paid royalties to produce one of my plays. Since it’s a play with very New York characters and dialog, I find the prospect delightful. Will they Gaelicize the dialog? Say it with a lilt? Or worse, […]