Anaïs Nin Returns? Part 2

Return to New York War broke out in Europe in 1939, but one would hardly know that from reading Anaïs’ diary. In fact, it were as though the wars and…


Anaïs Nin Returns? Part 1

When I was a student at University of California, Berkeley in the early 1950’s, my circle of friends included several graduate students in the music…


Mr. Cagney, Himself

For many years now, I’ve lived atop a hillside with views of a chaparral-covered canyon and the ocean in the distance. I’ve treasured the serenity of…


Heist!

“Hey, Dean, are you ready to go?” “Yeah, Ed, I guess so.” Damn…is Dean chickening out? We’ve talked about this for weeks and he seemed all set over…


The Undergraduate and Professor Kerman

1951 Here he comes. This teacher looks like a real clown. Get a load of the haircut on that guy. I’ll bet his wife puts a bowl on his head and cuts…


Helené Brooks

The first place I went into was called Ransohoff’s, a women’s store located on Post Street just off Union Square. I had taken an early morning…


Twenty Years After

Thank goodness for name badges. Some of the people looked the same, maybe just a few furrows in the brow or a receding hairline being the difference…


Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

Alice was glad to get back to her secluded sylvan cottage now that her week was at an end. Tom, the outside package deliveryman for the Braille…