Cecilia Vicuna’s Spit Temple

Every writer I know looks forward to clutching the hallmark of her achievement. A rectangular paginated object is proof of years of a verbal mind at work, the book a harvest of a writer’s dedication. We value concrete objects. We trust what we can hold and weigh in...

Dancers and Shamans

Hyanok Kim was one of my mainstays during my tenure as professor in S. Korea, a dancer who blends eastern and western training. She introduced me to Kim Keum Hwa, Korea’s most famous shaman. The following excerpt from Ginseng Tango, my as-yet unpublished book on my...

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