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The only software I really need is the English language.


I've been a freelance critic, writer and author since 1969. I've written for nearly every major women's magazine (most recently for O, the Oprah Magazine;) wrote a lot of reviews for The New York Times Book Review in the golden age of John Leonard and after, and for the Village VOICE in the golden age of Ross Wetzsteon; have reviewed Elmore Leonard, Thomas Harris and Naomi Wolf in The Nation; am the author of DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC? Bringing the Sixties Back Home (1987) and co-author of WISCHCRAFT; THE CUBE: Keep the Secret; SECRETS OF THE CUBE; and A RETURN TO INNOCENCE (DEAR PATRICK). Wrote the accompanying text for artist Thomas McKnight's VOYAGE TO PARADISE. (Links to come.) Currently at work on (tentative title) THE SPIRITUAL SURVIVAL KIT.

I'm married to Jacques Sandulescu, a graduate of Stalin's slave labor camps who wrote about it memorably here.


blogs, cats, words, popular culture, radical-middle politics, religion/spirit/values, books & reviewing, martial arts (shodan in kyokushin karate), the feldenkrais method (trainee)