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|Invasion of the Blatnicks|
Steve Berman loses his job just before a visit
to his parents in Florida. En route, though, he’s offered a new one, with
a developer building a shopping center at the edge of the Everglades.
Comic complications ensue with the craziness of his cousins, the Blatnicks,
and the equally zany construction crew.
|The Outhouse Gang|
|After my father passed away, I began thinking about what his life must have been like during the years when I was a kid, in southeastern Pennsylvania, in the 1960s and 1970s. He was an older dad, 38 when I was born, and he worked long hours as an aeronautical engineer, with a commute that took him away from home before I woke up and brought him back, tired, at dinner time.
On the weekends, my mother ran errands and my father worked around the house or in his wood and metal shop in the basement.
|On rare occasions during the summer he’d get out to the lake in the back yard to fish. He was active in our neighborhood association and always willing to help out a friend or neighbor. He wasn’t the kind of dad to go out and play with a kid in the back yard, and he had a temper-- but he was also my role model for how to grow up.
At the time, I was reading Iron John by Robert Bly and other books about the men’s movement, and I was searching for my own understanding of what it meant to be a man. I was also reading How to Make an American Quilt by Whitney Otto, and I liked the way she constructed interconnected stories-- like pieces of a patchwork quilt-- that added up to something larger.
But I didn’t really understand the stories I wanted to tell until I read about an event in Hallandale, Florida, the town next door to where I lived. Every year at Halloween a group of local men, all anonymous, decorated an outhouse with political slogans and delivered it to City Hall. A festival had grown up around the event.
I transported that event to a little town called Stewart’s Crossing, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. It’s very much like Yardley, the town where I grew up. And the men in the story are a lot like the men I saw around me-- working guys with a commitment to family and community.
I took the first story in the book, “Chuck - 1963,” to the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, where I got some great advice. One savvy author pointed me toward Freud’s connection between excrement and money, and that helped me crystallize what Chuck’s problems were, and why he was motivated to start the gang.
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|Paws and Reflect|
Now available as an ebook:
Paws and Reflect: A Special Bond Between Man and Dog
This wonderful collection of true stories about the relationship between gay men and their dogs is finally available as an e-book. Heartwarming, funny, insightful, and revealing, these essays reveal the close connections we have with our canine companions.
Sharon and I worked with well-known authors such as Edward Albee, Charles Busch, Lev Raphael, Jay Quinn, Victor Banis and Alistair McCartney as well as celebrities like acclaimed filmmaker Jonathan Caouette, Academy Award-winning screenwriter Ron Nyswaner, and David Mizejewski, host of Animal Planet's Backyard Habitat.
Along with ordinary men from around the country, they told us stories about the deep, lasting relationships they established with their dogs, in childhood, adulthood, and old age. Their dogs are their companions, their children, and their confidantes.
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