Today, Dec. 18, I posted on a new video of writer and editor
Diana Athill, 93, reading one of her poems that was included in her recent memoir
SOMEWHERE TOWARD THE END.  I taped it the month before when Neil and I were
in London.  A book of her side of our 30-year correspondence, with an Introduction by
me, is being published by Granta in the fall of 2011.

On Jan. 12, at 6:30pm, at the Jefferson Market Library in the Village, the Greenwich
Village Society for Historic Preservation is sponsoring a program about THE
VILLAGERS by Bruce Elliot (pseudonym of me and Neil Derrick for our fiction).  I'll
be reading from and discussing the book, which is in a new (third) revised edition, this
time under the imprint of Bleecker Street Press and available from

My travel memoir of a summer in Afghanistan, KABULI DAYS, TRAVELS IN OLD
AFGHANISTAN (World Parade Books), is out. Copies are available from

AFTER THE FALL, POEMS OLD AND NEW, was published last October by the U. of
Pittsburgh Press.


Ack Van Rooyen, celebrated Dutch trumpet and flugelhorn player -- and my
brother-in-law -- has composed music for a CD of his music and my poetry, with
guitarist Peter Tiehuis. We recently performed the program at the Westbeth Community
Room, and again in the Hague at the jazz center.  The CD is available through  My own video recording of several of my poems are posted

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David del Tredici has set a cycle of my poems, called A
Field Manual, for the Fireworks Ensemble, and the world premiere took place at
Symphony Space last May.

Former Leonard Bernstein assistant and composer Jack Gottlieb is also writing music
for many of my movie poems, with a cd in mind.

Alfred Chester's porn novel, CHARIOT OF FLESH, written for and published by
Olympia Press in Paris under the pseudonym Malcolm Nesbitt, has been published in
Russian by Kolonna, with a memoir by me -- see my LINKS page for the web address
of the publisher's catalogue. They are next planning to bring out in Russian his novel
JAMIE IS MY HEART'S DESIRE, which has just been reissued in this country by
Black Sparrow Press/Godine with an Afterword by Harriet Sohmers Zwerling, taken
from her book NOTES OF A NUDE MODEL.  Black Sparrow has also published
Alfred's final novel THE EXQUISITE CORPSE, with a memoir by Diana Athill, his
editor at UK publisher Andre Deutsch.   This essay also appears in STET, Diana's
memoirs of her years at Andre Deutsch.  This fall, Granta published her latest book,
SOMEWHERE TOWARDS THE END, a shrewd assessment of old age.  The American
edition, published by Norton, has just appeared.  

Cynthia Ozick's new novel, FOREIGN BODIES has a character based on Alfred
Chester in 50s Paris.  

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