me in the piazza

I'm a writer, publishing both as SJ Rozan and, with Carlos Dews, as Sam Cabot. (I'm Sam, he's Cabot.) Here you can find links to my almost-daily blog posts, including the Saturday haiku I've been doing for years. BUT the blog itself has moved to my website. If you go on over there you can subscribe and you'll never miss a post. (Miss a post! A scary thought!) Also, I'll be teaching a writing workshop in Italy this summer -- come join us!
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My kinda town

So this is life in NYC: last Wednesday, I'm at the Japan Society for a conversation between Sen So'oku, a 15th-generation tea master, and Hiroshi Sugimoto, a fabulous photographer, called "from Sen Rikyu (the found of So'oku's school) to Marcel Duchamp." I wasn't sure they could pull it off, demonstrating a connection. But they did. And both of them so completely funny and charming! Even though So'oku only spoke in Japanese, with a translator.

Saturday night I'm at a tiny downtown theater for a production of WAITING FOR GODOT. In Yiddish. With supertitles, my Yiddish isn't up to Beckett. Moving and beautiful. Makes it into a whole new play, because it puts what we now call the Holocaust front and center, which, when Beckett started it in 1946, was apparently what was on his mind -- the war, the extermination of the Jews, and the very personal death of a Jewish friend who was released from a camp when the Allies swept through, but too ill to survive.

Sunday, the Brooklyn Literary Festival, where not only was I on a totally fun panel, but before mine I went to one with Franketienne, Vikram Chandra, and Phillipe Petit! Moderated by Elissa Schapell. On creativity. This was a good week for that, I think. So here's a photo of my own panel, and if you're of my tribe, here are best wishes for a sweet new year.

brooklyn book festival panel
Right to left: K'wan, me, A.X. Ahmad, Ibrahim Ahmad

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