FUN AT THE VIETNAM BOOK FAIR!

Well, if you’re going to visit a foreign country, what better time to go than during its national book fair? Especially if one’s book is at the fair and one’s publisher is the gracious and generous Mr. Ton Quang Toan, or simply Ton as he likes to be...

MY SANTERÍAN RITUAL IN FICTION

Hi there, Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve written and showed pix from Cuba: of Varadero, the duPont estate, and my experience with santería. These have been mixed in with two excerpts from my first novel, The Phoenix Lottery. In those you read about our hero...

CUBA: MY PURIFICATION RITUAL

So anyway… the santerían purification ritual. The photo was taken by the cab driver who then left us. I was in the shed with Isabel and her sister-in-law. It was night. Pretty quiet except for the occasional dog bark. Isabel channels an early slave by the name...