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THAT LIT, LIT LIFE (with global characteristics) 14 (of 14)

Back to school because my lit, lit life leads me there, perhaps more often than I want.  Bookstores used to be why writers traveled, but given the rise of E-Books, online book tours can be more efficient “travel.” Many festivals … Continue reading

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THAT LIT, LIT LIFE (with global characteristics) 13 (of 14)

So I’m on my way from Melbourne to Sydney, ruminating on the global-lit journey that has brought me back to these two major Australian cities after 32 years. Here are two reasons: You’ve met Robin in my blog before—we’re counting … Continue reading

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THAT LIT, LIT LIFE (with global characteristics) 11 (of 14)

So this past week that lit, lit life took me first to Bangkok and then to Kyoto, two cities where I’m decidedly “foreign” even though I am mistaken for “local.” But first a pause to recall Han Suyin who died … Continue reading

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THAT LIT, LIT LIFE (with global characteristics) 8 (of 14)

My aspiration in life is to loaf. These days, life seems to be much ado about aspiration, or so the brand-marketing-image-makers would have us believe. We aspire to fame (and living forever, as that song goes) and wealth, stardom for … Continue reading

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THAT LIT, LIT LIFE (with global characteristics) 7 (of 14)

There was a time I traveled without checking in luggage. Business trips. Harrowing schedules. No time to wait at carousels when you could be speeding to your next meeting to harass a supplier or fawn over a client. Now that … Continue reading

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THAT LIT, LIT LIFE (with global characteristics) 6 (of 14)

Good morning. It’s a day for an air walk on that lit, lit sojourn. Coffee? Here’s the view above my tatami mat, one of Liu Zhen’s “Landscapes of the Mind,” a lacquer painting. Liu Zhen is a talented, and unusual, … Continue reading

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THAT LIT, LIT LIFE (with global characteristics) 5 (of 14)

I used to live in Singapore. In ’94, just before my first book was released, a corporation moved me to this tropical, island city-state. It still feels like home whenever I fly into Changi at the eastern end of the … Continue reading

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THAT LIT, LIT LIFE (with global characteristics) 4 (of 14)

Shades of pink at Café Gray’s bar where I met the omnipresent Nigel Collett for drinks. Nigel fits comfortably into my lit, lit life. For one thing, we’re contemporaries. As much as I love writing “this younger writer,” as I did … Continue reading

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THAT LIT, LIT LIFE (with global characteristics) 3 (of 14)

And then you say you will / And then you won’t . . . “Undecided” (1938) by Sid Robin & Charlie Shavers About itineraries, here’s Robin Hemley’s: He was going to stopover in Hong Kong, and then he wasn’t, and … Continue reading

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THAT LIT, LIT LIFE (with global characteristics) 2 (of 14)

32 years. That’s how long it’s been since I last set foot on Australia’s east coast. Byron Bay was a soft landing after the long absence, because here was a surfer’s paradise, a gourmet’s paradise, a wine aficionado’s paradise . … Continue reading

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