The Curdled Land (pdf)
A One-Chapter Novel of the Third World.
Version of August,2014:
Primavera (html) ;
"In the woodland forest, tapestried with green, canopied with rustling leaves, yellow with the peeping toadstool, gay with coves and grassy meadows, dark with somber witching places" .....
The Woman in the Forest
A pantheistic legend of despair, abandonment, death and rejuvenation
The Governments of Chelm
Mismanaging the Shtedl
A Child is Born
Moses, Christ, Marx and Einstein decide the fate of mankind
The Gift of Tongues
Clergymen and advertising agents debate christmas, liquor revenues and eloquence
Rocking The Lyric Cradle (pdf)
A 12th century troubadour returns to 20th century France
Monaco, 1986 (html)
Street music before the fabled Monaco Casino
The most recent version (December 22, 2013) of the legendary Christmas fable "Sam The Messiah Man".A gifted classical musician tries to beat the system, only to discover that, when it comes to the music business it's impossible to win.
Joy to the World
A street musician in San Francisco's Union Square at the Christmas season
A fable of the Marine Biological Laboratory, circa 1956
YET!:Owing to the Internet miracle, the first ambition has been achieved! As of today (April 11, 2008) Ferment Magazine averages 40,000 hits per month (almost half a million per year) from over 60 countries, including places like the island of Nuie and the Ivory Coast. Many of these come from the sect of Alexandre Grothendieck enthusiasts, yet every file and folder of the magazine is visited. The fatalism that characterized me just a decade ago, driven by the assumption that I might never find a publisher for work dating back as much as half a century, has been superseded by the euphoria of knowing that my writings are being read by thousands of persons around the world.
The economic return continues to be negligible.My seemingly cavalier attitude towards the whole matter gives the wrong impression. In fact the lack of anything approximating a real income from my creative work is a source of genuine emotional distress.Role models such as Schubert, van Gogh and Emily Dickinson hardly improve my disposition, particularly when I watch the credits at the end of a good film, and see the hundreds of names of persons who are investing their creative talents in exchange for both income and recognition.
With regard to these short narratives I recognize that this is not an age propitious (As in "Thou with fresh hope the Lovers heart dost fill, While the jolly hours lead on propitious May") for the short story writer.Along with most other people,I absorb short fiction primarily through DVD's. As it is I read more short stories, poetry and playscripts than most of the literate population. When it comes to print format it's primarily drawn to novels and newspapers.
The decision was made over the summer of 2003 to place all my short stories and narratives on Ferment Magazine. The texts are .html or .pdf accessible, in plain fonts without formatting. Persons interested in obtaining carefully prepared, attractive, well-edited versions of these stories can find them listed in the Ferment Magazine Catalog
After rewriting, revision and editing,"Harvest of Chains", a novel about Ireland in the 70's, was uploaded in 2007. I am currently debating the option of putting my best novel "Getting That Meal Ticket" on Ferment Magazine. How to go about finding a publisher in America is a skill I have not developed, though I was more adept at it in France in the 60's and 70's. Numerous self-publishing options are available nowadays. They wouldn't pay the bills, and it is highly unlikely that, if distributed in bookstores, any novel published in this fashion could reach an audience of 40,000 a month! I continue to encourage all readers of these stories and novels to contact me with referrals to reputable tradebook agents.
The following novels have been revised and edited to the point at which they can be presented to prospective publishers: