About Me

I am a writer and retired freelance editor living in New York City, where I reside far above the famous Magnolia Bakery with my longtime partner, Bob.  Born and raised in Evanston, Illinois, I got my B.A. at Pomona College in California; received a Fulbright Scholarship to France, where I studied for two years; and got an M.A. and Ph.D. in French at Columbia University.  I taught French on the college level for many years, then became a freelance editor working especially in French and German, with an occasional dip into Latin.  I have traveled in Europe and in Mexico and Guatemala, where the Mayan sites especially fascinated me.

No Place for Normal: New York / Stories from the Most Exciting City in the World, is a selection of posts from this blog that I self-published through Mill City Press in 2015.  My historical novel The Pleasuring of Men was published by Gival Press in 2011.  All my fiction deals with New York City 1830-1880, an interest first inspired by background research for my two published biographies: The Money Game in Old New York: Daniel Drew and His Times, and The Wickedest Woman in New York: Madame Restell, the Abortionist.  My poetry and fiction have appeared in various reviews.  I am also the author of André Breton, Arbiter of Surrealism, a critical study of the French Surrealist poet André Breton.  For more on these works, see the pages Fiction and Nonfiction.

I freely confess to being part greed creep, part seeker (seeking what? good question!).  While hiking I have witnessed pewees and oystercatchers, slime molds and puffballs, and the sinister beauty of the mushroom known as Destroying Angel.  I have never owned a car or a television, shun the cell phone, and cope as best I can with my computer.   Being technologically inept, I marvel that I have managed, more or less, to launch and maintain this blog.  Eating mostly but not exclusively vegan, I value garlic for its medicinal and culinary properties, not to mention its ability (so essential these days) to fend off vampires.

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