Every morning from our Dakar balcony, we can hear the sound of noodles smacking on the ocean: it’s the Ngor Dolphins aquagym club exercising on the beach.
You can read about why that’s special in an article Kap wrote for GOOD Magazine: A Gender Divide Melts Away In The Waters Of The Atlantic — where burkinis and board shorts are brushing thighs! I took the photos that accompany the article.
Grab a noodle and click over to GOOD to join the Ngor Dolphins.
Michael Martrich is a writer and musician from Pennsylvania who just published his first novel, The Hole in the Den. I was pleased to be asked to provide a blurb. Here’s what I said:
All-American alchemy! With The Hole in the Den, Michael Martrich manages the miraculous transfiguration of youthful suburban memories into something far more mysterious and wise. Incantatory sentences swirl and spin, piling on secrets, smells, glances, rocks and cigarettes, names carved in bark and flashes of jarring erudition. Loss and longing, caught in the gravity well of time and language, cast a spell that imbues hard truths with uncertainty and dreams with the lucid texture of the real.
You can order The Hole in the Den now from Amazon or directly from BlazeVox.
I translated scripts for all ten episodes of the upcoming TV series Dark, an appropriately-titled mystery about disappearing children in a small German town. It’s Netflix’s first original German production, and the first teaser trailer just launched. The series will be premiering this winter.
Find out more about my recent translation projects.
Back when AOL Messenger was the incredible futuristic communications doodad du jour and TimeOut predicted Astoria would be the next hip New York neighborhood, one Jordan Hoffman became my editor at About.com. Fast-forward 17 years, and he’s not only a dear friend but also the official voice of Star Trek and a regular contributor to The Guardian, Vanity Fair, Thrillist, The Times of Israel, and more. Also, he hooked me up with tickets for the Baker’s Dozen, an act of kindness that shall never be forgotten.
Anyway, this is just to say that you should follow Jordan in all his endeavors (if you don’t already) — and that I just built his new website, which you can admire here.
If you’re interested in having me build, redesign, host, or manage your site. It’s more affordable than you might think! Find out more here.
One sweaty August night in 1997, Prince was strutting across the stage of the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson, segueing from “Purple Rain” into “Little Red Corvette,” and I felt like I was finally done with him…
Read the rest of my piece on Prince at Live for Live Music.