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Sooo… Why a Porn Opera, Anyway?

NOTE: The following is a mini-essay around the idea of “The Enchanted Organ,” the opera burlesque by Gordon Beeferman for which I wrote the libretto. It adresses the, ahem, mating of porn and opera and originally appeared in abridged form … Continue reading

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We all knew from the start that Ike wasn’t quite right. We were neurotic, dysfunctional, suicidal, anorexic, bulimic, obsessive-compulsive, manic-depressive, drug-addicted, defiant-oppositional or just plain screwed up; all this fell comfortably within the category of “troubled youth.” Continue reading

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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“For one month of the year, it seems that every drugstore, supermarket or gas station on earth conspires to taunt the single girl or boy with an immense plush and satin bestiary, with a cornucopia of chocolate and corn syrup and sad-looking rosebuds imprisoned in plastic tubes, none of which will ever, ever, be presented to you… But maybe this is the year I’ll finally shake off that old, familiar adolescent pain that has haunted my adult life as if it were inflicted yesterday…” Continue reading

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