Sounds Last weekend, I was honored to be part of an episode on Senator Bill Bradley’s “American Voices” national radio program, in which I talked about my favorite sound in America, one that no longer exists—the rumbling and screeching yet somehow comforting sound of the passing trolleys on Philadelphia’s Germantown Avenue where I spent part … Continue reading Sounds and Links
What a privilege and a joy to be able to say, Dear Readers! And thank you, Nicole Howard, DIL of my favorite drummer in the world, Jerry Howard, for the canine reader pic that accompanies this post. We are well into the winter holiday season, but before I completely fall victim to the annual temptations … Continue reading Dear Readers!
Saturday brought back memories aplenty and created new ones that I’ll treasure. Returning to my corner of Philadelphia always does that for me, and being able to visit Philly and talk about a book that is very much about the city’s life is an author’s dream. To do so as a conversation with a journalist … Continue reading The Kindness of Book People
Last Thursday’s reading at Rockland Library brought some great questions from an audience of friends and strangers. A lovely and welcoming library, the place is special to me because for years I’ve attended meetings of the Rockland Shakespeare Society in the same room where I spoke about MORTAL THINGS. For authors on the less well-known … Continue reading Thank You, Friends AND Strangers!
Norman Kehling shouldn't be alive today, but the wiry survivor is very much alive and has become a source of inspiration for many others. And this past weekend, For The Next Guy, his against-the-odds recovery story came to life at the Strand Theatre in Rockland, Maine. Norman Kehllng, photo by Portland Press Herald Yesterday, I … Continue reading
Very excited to announce that after a mere 36-year gestation period, Mortal Things has arrived! Tonight at 7 PM, Tree of Life Publishers and I will raise a glass to our shared journey. It all happens at Philadelphia's Mermaid Inn, site of wonderful occasions from as far back as my first year of teaching at … Continue reading MORTAL THINGS Day!
Writing projects that don’t want to end can be hellish for writers. Winston Churchill’s advice to the British people during the London Blitz comes to mind: “If you’re going through hell, keep going.” One way forward is to read great books about great strugglers, like The Splendid and the Vile. Thirty-six years ago, I began … Continue reading Churchill’s Advice Holds For Writers Too/Raving for THE SPLENDID AND THE VILE.
Fiction writers benefit from reading books on craft, but they also can learn from books about routine yet important activities we humans do—like eating. Even tongue-tied fictional characters can “talk with their hands” when they cook and eat. The scene I enjoyed writing most in Mortal Things features two such widowers, one old and one … Continue reading Tucci’s TASTE: MY LIFE THROUGH FOOD Provides Food for Thought for Readers And Writers
Enjoyed being this week’s guest on The Brian And Lee Show on WWDB-AM Talk 860. Here’s the link for the podcast of Saturday’s show. https://wwdbam.com/episodes/the-brian-and-lee-show-interview-with-ned-bachus/ Hit Play then slide the little time cursor to 19:30, where the interview begins. Runs to 52:19. Had a great time talking with the father-son hosts about MORTAL THINGS and … Continue reading First pre-publication interview to share!
A mighty neon-lit Shout-Out to KYW Newsradio in Philadelphia for their excellent podcast series, “The Jawncast.” If you grew up in Philly, you’ll love this series. If you just moved there and want to hasten your orientation to the area, this is the podcast for you. Whether or not you have Philly ties, you’ll be … Continue reading Under Neon Light