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These amazing, historic photos were recently sent to me by Ralph Lake, an old colleague and excellent Mandarin speaker, who shared an extraordinary year with me in Dalian, Manchuria, where I taught English at the Dalian Foreign Language Institute for a year from 1984-1985. It was only five years after […]

Dalian, China 1984-1985





Our journey aboard the Ombak Putih began in Sorong, in West Papua, a bush town that still feels like a place straight out of a Joseph Conrad novel. In an arts and crafts store, I even found penis gourds for sale. All shapes and sizes. Some of them rather strange. […]

In Wallace’s Wake: Part Two ~ Penis Gourds and Birds ...



I have just uploaded to Kindle a new, revised and updated e-version of Dead Man Provenance ( http://tinyurl.com/24p88yg), the magazine story first published in The Paris Review, which formed the basis of my book, The Poet & The Murderer. It tells the story of a forged Emily Dickinson poem that […]

Dead Man Provenance/Journey to Ki