New Post: “‘American Dirt’ Redux” — 9-25-20

Last January, I posted “The Dirt on ‘American Dirt’” about the criticism of a novel by Jeanine Cummins coming out a best-seller. I hadn’t read it but saw political correctness running amok. Recently, I read the book.

Big Truth: New and Collected Stories at Amazon 

In 1968, the artist Andy Warhol wrote, “In the future, everyone will be world famous for fifteen minutes.” Until last Sunday, I found myself fourteen minutes short. So I added a few seconds to my meager sum.

The Odd Plight of Adonis Licht available at Amazon

The film begins with the screen black. A man’s voice declares, “I believe in America!” His Italian accent tells us he’s an immigrant. The camera then reveals him in closeup—mustache and suit as black as the background in which he seems suspended. A humble if successful undertaker, he pleads with someone we cannot see: His daughter has been dishonored. He seeks justice. But it will not be in the American way. Or will it?

“Beautiful!” in REED magazine issue 69

REED Magazine, the literary/arts annual of San Jose State University, has published David’s short story “Beautiful!”—about a former astronaut on his 8oth birthday. On May 16, David read at the REED launch at Books Inc. in Mountain View. Order your copy at gives 4-1/2 stars to The Boy Walker, which reports on independently published books, gave The Boy Walker 4.5 stars out of 5. Said the review: “THE BOY WALKER is smart and humorous even as it tackles the least humorous topics.”

Kirkus Reviews hails The Boy Walker

A publishing industry leader in book reviews, Kirkus calls The Boy Walker, “A funny, affecting novel about fragmented lives that slip the leash.”

Short story, “White on White,”  online in Summerset Review

Read David’s short-short (1,000 words or less), “White on White,” about a hyper-successful artist and a nine-year-old girl, in the Winter 2014 edition of Summerset Review.

David blogs for iUniverse

iUniverse, publisher of Slick! and San Café, asked David to write a couple of posts for its blog. Read part one of “What We Wish for Our Children.

SLICK! chosen one of Top 25 Indie Books

Kirkus Reviews named SLICK! to its Top 25 Indie (independently published) books of 2012. Kirkus sent printed brochures with reviews for its Top 100 to 5,000 librarians and others in the publishing world. Over 40,000 people received email notices. SLICK! and SAN CAFÉ are available online in soft cover and e-book formats—and signed from David.

David to speak at Cong. Sherith Israel: Sunday, Dec. 2, 11 am

Join me at Sherith Israel—2266 California Street at Webster in San Francisco. I’ll chat about satire, give an overview of SAN CAFÉ and read from several chapters. You can buy SAN CAFÉ and SLICK! too (it’s annual book fair time). And I’ll sign as many books as you can carry away. Or one.

San Café now available at Amazon, and

David’s new novel features revolution, murder, betrayal… and a good cup of coffee. Set in Central America, San Café pokes fun at the left and the right while sending Bobby Gatling on the hunt for a missing priest. Available in soft cover and e-book.

David’s appearance on “Mosaic,” CBS-5, San Francisco, to be repeated Sunday, June 24, 5:00 am

Many people believe that baseball represents a microcosm of life. I agree. And that goes for fans, too. They have lots to teach us about this nation, including the health-care arena.

David featured in article in May issue of Richmond Review

Thanks to Judith Kahn for writing the piece and giving Slick! greater exposure in my neighborhood.

David tapes segment of Mosaic on CBS-5 San Francisco to air Sunday, April 22 at 5 am

Out from behind the MacBook and in front of the camera on March 21 to discuss Slick! and God’s Others. Rise early or take the easy way out—record the program.

SLICK! earns coveted Star from Kirkus Reviews as “book of remarkable merit.” Will be featured in April 15 issue. Read review.

The murder of sixteen Afghan civilians allegedly by Staff Sergeant Robert Bales has set many Americans to soul searching. The killings were in themselves terrible. They also have caused serious deterioration in the tenuous U.S.-Afghan relationship. But even more is involved concerning something each of us must fear about ourselves.

David reads from SLICK! at “Odd Mondays” on Monday, Nov. 21, 7 pm

Join me at Phoenix Books, 3957 24th Street between Sanchez & Noe, San Francisco. I’ll speak a bit about the role of satire and read from several scenes in SLICK!

J., the Jewish News Weekly of Northern California, cites GOD’S OTHERS

Suzan Berns mentions David’s teaching himself to read biblical Hebrew in her August 19 “Faces” column.

David leads Torah Study at Sherith Israel, July 23

David teaches GOD’S OTHERS at Congregation Sherith Israel, San Francisco

Oct. 12 – Nov. 2, 2010
Tuesday evenings (4 weeks), 7–8:30 pm
Registration and fee information: Beverly Collins, 415.346.1720, x24, or

David Speaks in West Marin, Wednesday, October 6

David will address “Before Abraham: Humanity’s Common Monotheism” at an interfaith gathering on Wed., Oct. 6, 7:00 pm. San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Geronimo. Free. Sponsored by Gan HaLev, the Jewish Congregation of the San Geronimo Valley.

Hebrew Union College Scholar to Cite GOD’S OTHERS

Dr. Tamara Cohn Eskenazi, Professor of Bible at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles, will cite GOD’S OTHERS in her forthcoming commentary on Ruth.