Real Stories on youtube has acquired the BBC4 Tom Thumb documentary that I was part of, and in some ways shaped with my book Becoming Tom Thumb: Charles Stratton, P.T. Barnum, and the Dawn of American Celebrity. It includes me saying the word "erotic" on network television, so that's something. Seriously, though, it is a fine documentary about one of Connecticut's favorite sons...and the world's first international celebrity.
I have another review up at Empty Mirror Books, of Eugen Herrigel's Zen and the Art of Archery. And I have another article up at Berfrois, on Sherlock Holmes, demon hounds, and the need for evidence-based scientific review. That's 14 articles I've written since December (a few of which have not come out yet). I'm working on another dozen, along with a new novel, and a new history book.
Amy and I were recently the subject of a wonderful article in the Connecticut Post. Read it here. We now have had a major feature article on the two of us in the four biggest Connecticut papers. (as well as many 'minor' ones) Next up, the New York Times? Well, a guy can dream.
Recently my wife (pictured here) and I were honored that the University of Bridgeport asked us to write a poem to be put on the outside of a time capsule in the new dormitory. They had it carved (?) onto this plaque, and it will be there for the next fifty years until it is opened. I think they put a couple of our books inside, too. It is a great privilege.
Amy and I were the subject of an article by Mary Ann Lynch in the Hartford Courant, called "Writing, Hiking, Traveling Keep Them Together." Not the usual kind of 'author' article, it is really a story of our relationship. It's a nice little feature. Check it out here.
Over the past couple years Amy and I have become friends with Marilyn Nelson, one of Connecticut's most valuable and famous poets. I use her book The Freedom Business in my Connecticut history class at the University of Bridgeport, and her interweaving of history and poetry has been inspiring. The photo above is from a recent trip we took to Weir Farm National Historic Site (accompanied by Bessy Reyna and Susan Holmes). I feel blessed and honored to have been able to spend time with Marilyn, and I look forward to more adventures in poetry and life.
My new novella, Shadows of Paris, was just released. I couldn't be happier. Those who have read it say its the best thing I've ever done, and I've had quite a few "you made me cry, you @$^%&*." You can read the beginning of the book here, if you want a preview before purchasing this exciting new arrival.