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Monday, July 09, 2018

They've Got Issues (And One of Them is How Much I Read Them)

One thing the characters of these three books have in common is that they've got issues. But I've got them too. And I've read the books so I'll share them with you. Baby, they've got issues. And one of them is how much I read them.

Okay, song parodies aside, the three books by these local ladies are the subject of my most recent trio of book reviews published, online and in print, in the most recent issue of Baltimore Style Magazine.

Baltimore author Jen Michalski’s latest novel, The Summer She Was Under Water, takes place over one Fourth of July weekend in Maryland.

Leslie Pietrzyk, a frequent instructor in Johns Hopkins University’s writing program, takes us back in time to the Chicago of the 1980s in Silver Girl.

Bethesda-based best-selling writer Sarah Pekkanen teams up with Greer Hendricks, a former editor and first-time novelist, to introduce The Wife Between Us.

Enjoy my reviews of these perfect summer reads at http://baltimorestyle.com/theyve-got-issues/.


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Solidarity in Gdansk

At the moment, the entire family is traveling through the Baltic States. But this time last year, a father-son adventure was taking place in Poland. Father's day is a perfect time to reflect on that.

It's likely that you've read my travel story in Baltimore Style Magazine about my father-son trip to Warsaw with a side-trip to Krakow.

But have you seen my article about our excursion to Gdansk published in Go World Travel?

Across the Baltic Sea from Scandinavia, and bordered by Germany, Lithuania, and Kaliningrad (Russia), Gdansk is a city influenced by them all. It also holds an important place on the stage of world history: Gdansk was the place where the first shots of World War II were fired, and home of the Solidarity Movement, which initiated the end of Soviet occupation across Eastern Europe.

Read all about it: check out "Solidarity in Gdansk: A Father-Son Trip in Poland" published in Go World Travel.



Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Where to Now? The Baltic States

We've finally dusted the Moroccan and Italian dust from our shoes. That means it's time to hit the road again. Active wheels don't rust, right?

Where to next? The Baltic States.

In Latvia, we'll marvel at medieval architecture in the Old City and Old Town Square, and we'll hit the beaches, parks, and architecture in Jurmala.

In Lithuania, we'll explore Vilnius, countryside castles, and the famous Hill of Crosses.

We loved Estonia a few years back, but will most likely save it for another visit, wanting to focus on the Ls.

There's so much to see. But after a few weeks in Italy, we anticipate it being a little more laid back and less crowded.

Regardless, we'll enjoy exploring! What would you do with two weeks in Latvia and Lithuania?



Thursday, June 07, 2018

These Books Will Keep You in the House

Three more of my reviews published in Baltimore Style Magazine, both in print and online, will give you plenty of excuses to stay in the house. These books are perfect for reading at the beach, on a plane, or in the comfort of your own armchair or bed.

Salman Rushdie has written the first notable novel of the current political-cultural era with The Golden House.

In Colm Toibin's latest, House of Names, he turns to the drama of ancient Greece for a retelling of the story of Clytemnestra and the House of Atreus.

If the houses of Rushdie and Tóibín seem a bit weighty, Shari Lapena’s A Stranger in the House may be a cozier place to dwell.

So stay in with these house books. Check all three out at http://baltimorestyle.com/homebound.


Friday, June 01, 2018

Poland’s Architecture, Mermaids and LEGOs in Baltimore Style

This time last year, I was with my son, Alex, adventuring through Poland. 

At one point during my father-son trip with Alex last summer, I remember wondering whether I’d made the right choice of vacation. While other kids were on the beach or at Disney Land, we were trudging through the dingy streets of Eastern Europe. But we were also rewarded with some of the most amazing and authentic sights—and seeing how much Alex enjoyed the adventure laid to rest any second guessing.

Baltimore Style Magazine published my travel story about our adventures both in print and online. 

Join me and Alex as we travel through Warsaw and Krakow.

Pick up a copy in print, or check it out online at http://baltimorestyle.com/architecture-mermaids-legos/.

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Lit & Art Returns to the Smyser-Bair/Historic York Inn Friday

Join the proprietors of The Historic York Inn / Smyser-Bair House as the popular Lit and Art Reading Series presents an evening of live music, literary readings, original artwork, free snacks, drinks, tours of the mansion, and fun
Featured readers will include Eric Campos, Danuta Kosk-Kosicka, Sonia Linebaugh, and Fernando Quijano III, with live music by Pinto
Tours will be offered on the hour: step back in time for a tour through history, with hand-carved, gilded Pier mirrors, stained glass, etched glass, hand plasterwork, woodwork, and chandeliers that rival those found in museums. Anchored in York’s historic district since the 1830s, and belonging to the Smyser-Bair family until 1979 (when it was left to the York Historical Trust before becoming a private inn) this home is a rich part of York's history, recently featured in front page news and on national television for its historic charm. (And it could be yours.)
It's all part of the City of York's First Friday festivities. 
See you on May 4 from 6-8 p.m. at 30 South Beaver Street, York, PA. On South Beaver Street, once you pass Mason going toward Market, it's the first 1800s mansion on the left.


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Where in the World is Eric D. Goodman?

After three weeks of exploring Italy, we’re back!

Some readers were following my daily posts on social media. Then, there was a sudden stop. A few friends and readers expressed concern, asking what happened—had I been kidnapped or injured, or did I just get so lost in my new home that I no longer had time to share photographs and posts?

Blame it on the phone.

Motorola offers a swell feature that allows you to bypass the password/unlocking of your phone to take pictures when you jerk your phone in your hand twice. I think the enhancement is really a tricky way to get people to forcefully slam their phones into the hard ground, resulting in more replacement sales.

About a week ago, as I prepared to take a picture of another marvelous sight, I slammed—not dropped but slammed—my phone onto the Roman cobblestone. There was no saving it.

But the experiences in Italy continued for another week in Rome, Naples, and Pompeii, and I was able to use another camera to take pictures, if not to post them. I’ll be posting them in the days to come. I might even post some from earlier in the trip. It will be a nice way to relive the experience.

Three weeks is enough to get lost in a new culture and lifestyle, and I certainly felt that. There were moments late in the trip when it occurred to me that I had another life—and career—waiting for me back home. As much as I loved Venice, Milan, Florence, Naples, Pompeii, and Rome (and our side trip to Casablanca, Morocco), I’ll have to admit that it’s good to be home.

After all, it’s the best place to begin planning the next adventure.

Check out the posts from the past few weeks and the posts to come at www.Facebook.com/Edgewriter.


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Itching for Italy

It’s that time of year—I’ve got an itch that needs scratching. The travel bug has bitten, and we’re off. This time, we’re itching for Italy.

As much as we like to travel and as often as we go to Europe, we’ve yet to step foot in Italy. From what we’ve read and seen, it’s going to be a full and rich experience.

In Venice, we’ll get around the Grand Canal by gondola and visit St. Mark’s Basilica and Square. We’ll visit the Gallerie dell’Accademia and cross both under and over the Bridge of Sighs.

In Florence, we’ll peer into the eyes of Michalangelo’s David at the Galleria dell’Accademia, stroll through the Piazza della Signoria, and visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.

In Rome … where to begin? The Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Roman Forum.  

And Vatican City’s St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums, maybe even a meeting with the Pope.

As a bonus, we’ll be spending a day in Casablanca, Morocco on the way there, where we’ll fortify ourselves with mint tea and strong coffee before visiting the Mohammad II Mosque and heading for Italy.

Stay tuned over the next few weeks for pictures and posts along the way at www.Facebook.com/EricDGoodman!


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Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Eric in Arabia

Last year, Nataliya and I spent a week in United Arab Emirates. This year, my travel feature about our experience was published in Baltimore Style Magazine’s February issue. You can pick up the glossy version at newsstands or bookstores now, or check out the digital version online.

All of those scenes in movies, on television, in photographs depicting the middle-eastern sun beneath a sandy haze, glowing orange, is not simply the vision of the artist. This is really what the sun looks like here—you can look directly into it—and it’s beautiful.

Join me and Nataliya as we meet up with our old university friend, Sadiq, and our new friends Najeeb and Khalid. From Dubai to Abu Dhabi and a desert excursion in between.

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Thursday, March 01, 2018

Join Rafael Alvarez and Friends at The Ivy’s Bird in Hand

The next “Readings with Ralphie” event takes place on Tuesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. at The Ivy Bookshop’s Bird in Hand location, 11 E 33RD Street in Baltimore. Rafael will be joined by Jeff Richards, Mike Sporge, and myself. I’ll be reading from Womb: a novel in utero.

The event is free and open to the public. Books, food, and light fare will be for sale.

Want to learn more? Here’s the official write-up from The Ivy Bookshop’s website:

Readings with Ralphie, hosted by Rafael Alvarez, is the first Tuesday of each month. A lifelong Baltimorean, Alvarez worked as a City Desk reporter for the Baltimore Sun for twenty years, specializing in the folklore of city neighborhoods. In 2001 he left to work as a laborer on cable ships and soon after began writing for HBO’s police drama, The Wire.

Rafael will be joined by Eric D. Goodman, Jeff Richards and Mike Sproge.

 Eric D. Goodman is the author of Womb: A Novel in Utero, Tracks: A Novel in Stories, which won the 2011 Gold Medal for Best Fiction in the Mid-Atlantic Region from the Independent Publishers Book Awards, and Flightless Goose. He regularly reads his fiction on Baltimore’s WYPR and at book festivals and literary events. He is co-founder and curator of Baltimore's longest-running literary reading series, the Lit and Art Reading Series. Eric lives in Baltimore with his wife and two children, where he writes about trains, wombs, and animals gone wild, among other things.

 Jeff Richards, author of Open Country: A Civil War Novel in Stories, has published his short stories, essays, and cowboy poetry in numerous publications including Prick of the Spindle, The Broadkill Review, Pinch, New South, Gargoyle, and Southern Humanities Review and in several anthologies. A graduate of the Hollins Writing Program, he was the fiction editor and a board member of the Washington Review and taught English literature and creative writing for many years at George Washington University. Richards has worked as a dishwasher, door-to-door salesmen, farm worker, wilderness counselor, newspaper carrier, radio reporter, a busboy; and he has hitchhiked across the country five times. He is a native of Washington, D.C. where he still lives with his family, a mile from a Civil War battlefield.


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Thursday, February 15, 2018

New Shelf Life for the New Year

Looking for some books to start off the new year? My latest book reviews were published in the January/February issue of Baltimore Style Magazine.

The three works of fiction reviewed in this issue are all about people who need people.

A House Among the Trees by Julia Glass revolves around a children’s author and illustrator and his assistant.

Making Room: Baltimore Stories by Djelloul Marbrook delves into the lives of very different individuals who come together for a worthy effort.

And The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott is filled with nuns, and a family that lives with them.

Pick up your copy of Baltimore Style, or check it out online!


Friday, January 26, 2018

2017 by the Numbers

We’re already a full month into the new year. Here’s a Writeful look at my 2018 by the numbers.

9 short stories (fiction) published

8 travel stories published

6 book reviews published

4 literary videos recorded and shared

2 new countries visited (Poland and United Arab Emirates)

1 historic comedy club acquired

1 book published

I’m not a numbers person, but these numbers look pretty good to me.

Here’s to some more nice numbers in 2018!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Talbot-Heindl Experiences Inconvenience

My short story, "Inconvenience," was published as the "weekly feature" in The Talbot-Heindl Experience.

"Inconvenience" is an excerpt from Womb: a novel in utero. In it, Penny discovers what seems to be inconvenient news, of the main character living inside of her.

"The water around me was still, but I had the sensation of descending. It was the feeling of Mom’s emotions, falling into an acknowledgement of me. I’d imagined her moment of realization to be a euphoric one, the high of hang-gliding. Instead, we sat in the smelly, filthy bathroom, sadly sinking."

Read the entire excerpt at The Talbot-Heindl Experience.


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Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Three New Book Reviews in Baltimore Style Magazine

I have three new book reviews published in the most recent issue of Baltimore Style Magazine. What better way to begin the year with some good books, and as the current issue's "Shelf Life" author.

The three books reviewed for this edition of Baltimore Style's Shelf Life are Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen e, and The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve. These books just may restore your faith in humanity.

Read the reviews, in print or online, in the current issue of Baltimore Style.



Wednesday, December 27, 2017

New Books for that New E-Reader

Did you get a new Kindle, iPad, Nook, or other eReader for the holidays? Whether you did or not, now is a prime time to look for new books to load onto your eReader, computer, or smartphone. How about a few suggestions?

Womb: a novel in utero, Tracks: A Novel in Stories, and Flightless Goose, a storybook for children, are all available both in print and as an eBook. Check out all three titles at Amazon, or wherever you buy your books.

Happy reading, and happy 2018!


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Baltimore Style Features Father-Son Travel Story on Poland

Last summer, my 12-year-old son, Alex, and I went on an adventure exploring Poland for a couple weeks. It was the first time the two of us traveled abroad alone, just the two of us, without the rest of the family. It was a great experience.

This month, Baltimore Style Magazine published my travel story about our experiences in Warsaw and Krakow as the issue's travel feature.

Get your hands on a copy of the glossy print magazine at any bookstore. Or, check it out online at the link below.



Friday, December 15, 2017

The 12 Days of (Annoying) Christmas (Songs)!

The first song of Christmas we hear annoyingly:

The 12 Pains of Christmas

The second song of Christmas we hear annoyingly:

Crabs for Christmas (recorded right down the street!)

The third song of Christmas we hear annoyingly:

Dominik the Donkey

The forth song of Christmas we hear annoyingly:

I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

The fifth song of Christmas we hear annoyingly:

Christmas Wrapping

The sixth song of Christmas we hear annoyingly:

Christmas Child

The sixth song of Christmas we hear annoyingly:

Christmas at Ground Zero (Perhaps more relevant now that when it was recorded in the mid-80s.)

The seventh song of Christmas we hear annoyingly:

Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Joseph Spence)

The eighth song of Christmas we hear annoyingly:

Mele Kalikimaka

The ninth song of Christmas we hear annoyingly:

Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer

The tenth song of Christmas we hear annoyingly:

Last Christmas

The 11th song of Christmas we hear annoyingly:

The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth (Despite being by Bing and Bowie)

The 12th song of Christmas we hear annoyingly:

The Christmas Shoes (No doubt you knew it would top any respectable list of annoying Christmas songs.)