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dante’s tears – review of: la vita nuova by dante alighieri

La Vita Nuova by Dante Alighieri My rating: 2 of 5 stars   Upfront, I am not a poet, and Dante wrote the book for poets about poetry (his own). How do I know? It says so, in the introduction’s first sentence, of the Penguin Classics 1980 edition by Barbara […]


Santa Fe, NM reading & Q&A

The first reading of To Belém & Back west of the Mississippi was a success, with over 20 people attending.  My black Lab Zeno stole the show, of course, and the 20′ video “Tiradentes2Belém” was well received.  The author wishes to thank all his dear old (and new) friends who attended, […]


Publishers Weekly gives coveted ★ Star to “Belém & Back”

“An insightful and poignant account… As in the very best travelogues, the author seamlessly combines the personal, the political, and the cultural…[along with] the philosophical, via thought-provoking reflections…” See the full review at Publishers Weekly booklife page; and, if you’re fast, see the book’s positioning in their weekly reviews here. […]


wolf museum book reading, south beach 1

You’re invited to a reading & discussion of To Belém & Back at one of Miami’s top museums, the Wolfsonian, on Friday, March 4th, 7pm. The Wolf Book Club, on the heels of the museum’s tropical Philodendron show, selected my Brazilian adventure for this month’s selection, as announced here. Free […]


“to belém & back” tiradentes launch

The final large event of 2015, To Belém & Back’s Mineiro launch, with the film debut and photo exhibit that attended it, is drawing to a close.  Last week’s re-screening of “Tiradentes2Belém” was a wonderful way to wind things down, as 43 people attended, with many good questions and kind […]


review of: the cloud forest by peter matthiessen

The Cloud Forest: A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness by Peter Matthiessen My rating: 2 of 5 stars   The Cloud Forest is a classic of its genre, perhaps undeservedly so. A young Peter Matthiessen, after a few books of fiction, his first divorce, and one wildlife book, sets […]