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2016-06-15
A Trivial Pogrom   At a steady pace, frescoes fell, inscriptions were scratched leaving a naked dome, staring, cold into a night of crystals; her words - a dead silent hiding spring within syllables- caged angels for as l...
2016-06-13
Donald Trump and the Dumbing-Down of America Richard Zimler About a year ago, I gave a talk about the importance of storytelling to a group of American literature professors, and to prove one of my points – about the dumbing-down ...
2016-03-23
LA SENTINELLE DE LISBONNE roman traduit de l’américain par Sophie Bastide-Foltz « Nos secondes chances, peut-être les seuls fantômes qu’il nous sera jamais donné de voir apparaître. »   Henrique Monroe     ...
2016-03-06
Identified As the Enemy, or Why there are so few Jews in Portugal By Richard Zimler At present, only a few hundred Jews live in Portugal, with small communities in Lisbon, Porto and a little town in the northeast mountains, Belmonte. ...
2014-11-08
Promotion of Human Rights and Tolerance (Richard Zimler) I WANT TO THANK PETER ANDREWS AND THE ORGANIZERS OF THIS MODEL UNITED NATIONS MEETING FOR GIVING ME THIS OPPORTUNITY TO TALK TO YOU THIS MORNING. I’M VERY GRATEFUL. I ALSO ...
2014-08-05
Portugal: A child’s dream given form  (originally published in UP! Magazine (TAP Air Portugal))   In September of 2004, I was giving a talk about my latest novel in Sydney, 11,000 miles from home, when jet-lag caught up with me and a w...
2013-05-30
The Problem with "Objective" Journalism (A talk given at a conference on Journalism and Ethics in Paris in May of 2013) It’s an honor to be here amongst journalists whose work I’ve read for many years while living in my litt...
2012-11-27
My article about my Polish book tour is up at Talking Writing, a great website for those interested in writing and writers:  http://talkingwriting.com/a-tale-of-two-polands/ Here is an excerpt.  For the full story, go to the link, please.  ...
2011-02-07
The Warsaw Anagrams: Giving Back Uniqueness to the Dead   At the start The Warsaw Anagrams, I’ve placed a quote from the novel’s main character, Erik Cohen, an elderly psychiatrist forced to move into the Jewish ghetto of Warsaw ...
2010-12-19
In 2009, I translated the songs on Cristina Branco's CD "Abril".   All of them are by Portuguese singer-songwriter Jose Afonso, who was also known as Zeca Afonso.  I highly recommend "Abril".  Here are the songs in English (Cristina sings them...
2010-12-05
The Gulbenkian Institute in Lisbon asked me to write a brief text about reading and children.  Here is what I came up with.   Follow Your Passions By Richard Zimler When my students ask for advice, the only one I usually give them is...
2010-12-05
London's Independent  newspaper asked me to contribute this brief article to their regular column in which an author talks about a book that was important to them.   Book of a Lifetime By Richard Zimler   I spotted my book of...
2010-11-10
                                                                                                                                                                                              The Slow Mirror: The Central Image and its Ramifications ...
2010-11-05
How I came to Write Guardian of the Dawn                                                                                                                                   In Portugal, where I live, people generally speak in glowing terms of...
2010-11-03
  (This is an article I wrote for TIKKUN magazine) An Antidote to Fundamentalism Richard Zimler About 20 years ago, while I was looking through bookshelves at my parents’ house in New York, I came across Gershom Scholem&rsquo...
2010-11-03
A Dry Past The island of playground vibrated with the disjointed popping sound of basketballs. Waves of traffic hugged close to the shore of fencing, their reassuring monotony giving the days inside a protected feel, as if the city itself wer...
2010-10-21
Pedro was from Buenos Aires. Yet it was only after his death that I stopped to consider what that might mean. I was in Argentina for the first time, attending an ornithology conference, and I was walking down the Avenida Santa Fe when it suddenly ...
2010-10-21
The Most Obvious Place                                                                                                                                                                        Just after we arrived at St. Gregory’s, my moth...
2010-10-21
(This is not fiction; I saw Michael Jackson perform in St. Louis, in 1971, when he was 12 years old) Lots of specialized tour companies in the USA take groups of teenagers on summer bus journeys around the Far West to visit National Parks like...

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