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October 13, 2019

Today, Columbus Day is being celebrated in Spain—the colonization of the Americas. The lost Spanish empire. Why is Christopher Columbus, one individual, famous for this? What differentiated Columbus from other explorers who came to the Americas?

No one “discovered” Amer...

July 31, 2019

My nephew, James Camali, is finishing up his movie. It’s called The Mental State. It’s about a teenage boy in the rural South who manifests signs of mental illness and can’t get any help. His mother tries at the school, at the church, with psychologists, and there is n...

November 18, 2018

Cover Up

“We are all African!” said a blond-haired blue-eyed professor named Spencer Wells, a geneticist and anthropologist. He had been working on tracing DNA for National Geographic to document genetic diversity throughout the world. The film that was produced after d...

October 25, 2018

Oct. 3, 2018

My sister Monika died yesterday in Germany. She was 75, the child of my father during his imprisonment in World War II. I only found out about her when I was already in my 40s and she in her 50s (more than ten years after my father's death). She was, unfort...

January 3, 2018

Ten Books I Recommend

A few friends have asked me for book recommendations. I can strongly recommend these books from last year’s reading. I enjoyed them a lot. I also included my own book, Pink Flamingos, which I finished translating last summer. Happy reading!

The Moor...

July 4, 2015

I received an inquiry from Paige Sunderland and asked if I could use her excellent interview questions and my answers for my opening blog. Here they are:


P.S. I read on your website that you traveled to Russia in 1991, and I am wondering how has societys viewpoint of h...

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