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Elan Barnehama
Elan is the author of the novel, Finding Bluefield. Set against the 1960's, it's the story of Nicky and Barbara’s search for love and family during a time when relationships like theirs were mostly hidden and often dangerous.

Elan is finishing a new novel set in NYC during the final years of the Vietnam War and narrated by the son of holocaust survivors who is obsessed with finding an escape route for when the US rounds up its Jews, while navigating high school and the impending Vietnam War draft lottery.

Elan is a New Yorker by default, a tortured Mets fan by geography, and a recent SoCal immigrant by choice. He's taught college, led community-based writing workshops, taught at-risk youth, wrote for a couple of universities, coached varsity baseball, was radio news guy, and a lousy short-order cook. More info at:

Entries by Elan Barnehama

Trusting Nothing: Having no Purpose on Purpose

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 12:44 PM

I like the revision process. It gives me a chance to see what I was thinking when I wrote that very lousy, uneven, not-so-good rough draft. Revising, re-seeing, re-thinking, re-visioning allows me to make some sense of what my characters have done and then I get a do-over. I can...

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Ann Lewis Hamilton's Debut Novel Expecting Is Fertile and Funny

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 4:19 PM

At the center of Ann Lewis Hamilton's debut novel, Expecting, is the serious issue of infertility. Surrounding this seriousness, Hamilton skillfully layers funny, slightly absurd, completely plausible events that create a twisted modern tale of family.

Hamilton is an accomplished, writer with a long resume of TV and film credits...

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Making Our Veterans Visible

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 6:27 PM

At 10 a.m. on Veterans Day, shopping malls and retail stores across the United States will open their doors to eager shoppers who will be using their the day off from work to track down Veterans Day discounts offered to honor those who have served honorably in our nation's military...

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Seinfeld Writer Peter Mehlman Pens Debut Novel

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 3:41 PM

I met Peter Mehlman, known for his work as a writer and executive producer of the Seinfeld show, at a Santa Monica coffee shop to talk about writing, being funny, and his debut novel, It Won't Always Be This Great...
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A Recipe for Love: Renee Swindle's New Novel

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 1:31 PM

In Renee Swindle's breezy third novel, A Pinch of Oooh La La (August 5th/ Penguin-Random House) narrator Abbey Lincoln Ross, discovers that her artist boyfriend is having multiple affairs while watching a documentary about him at a film festival. After suffering this spectacular public humiliation, Abbey pours all of all...

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Tales of A Writer: My Conversation With Richard L. Kramer

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 11:47 AM


I sat down with Richard Kramer, the Emmy and multiple Peabody award-winning writer, in his North Hollywood home to talk about writing his intimate debut novel, These Things Happen.

Sixty-something Kramer is not your typical first time novelist. During his senior...

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The Biology of Luck: A conversation with Jacob Appel

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 1:12 PM

Jacob M. Appel is the author of the novels, The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up, and The Biology of Luck (2013). His recent publications are Phoning Home (May 2014), a collection of essays informed by his advanced degrees in medicine, law, and ethics, and a story collection, Scouting for the...

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Trading Stuff for Knowledge: How Trade School LA Wants to Change Community Learning

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 6:33 PM

Last February, a short time after I traded New England winter for Los Angeles winter, I responded to a posting by Trade School LA (TSLA) seeking teachers willing to offer classes for barter by offering to teach a writing workshop on Flash Fiction. Trade School LA is part of an...

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Passing Over in Los Angeles

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 6:15 PM

This year for Pesach, for Passover, I find myself in Southern California for the retelling of an Exodus story that celebrates renewal, promotes the do over, praises reinvention. In my travels around the cities near the desert and along the water's edge I have found so many people who came...

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Snowless, Shaken and Stirred in SoCal

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 4:35 PM

I have traveled a great deal in Northampton, MA. Love and friendship, imagination and wonder, progeny and family -- they happened there. But I never planned on being in one place forever and when I checked the clock, decades had passed.

I love road trips. They're full of possibility; they...

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Can't Get Rid of These Guys

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 10:42 AM

In September of 1969 the NY Mets were in second place, the Vietnam War was raging out of control, and Blind Faith released their self-titled album with a naked girl on the cover. And I was walking along 67th Avenue, across Queens Boulevard, past 108th Street, on my way to...

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Reflecting on George Harrison's Death: A Visit to Ground Zero During Thanksgiving 2001

(2) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 7:26 PM

When George Harrison died, I lost one more connection to a magical time, but I didn't mourn. Harrison's death wasn't sudden like Roy Orbison, or accidental like Buddy Holly, or tragic like John Lennon, or shocking like Marvin Gaye. I had known of his battle with cancer for some time....

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Slow and Messy Change

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 7:59 AM

The 1960's were loud, idealistic, and divisive with a lot of good music and free love. Outrageous was the norm for a counter-culture that approached activism as theater and turned personal statements into political manifestos. As the nation shook off the sleepy '50s, it found JFK in the White House...

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Surviving New York Mets Dream Week

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 7:07 PM

A couple of months after 9/11, I got to put on an authentic New York Mets uniform and played baseball at the Mets' training facilities in Port St. Lucie, Florida. I did this as part of a program that the Mets run where participants play on teams that are coached...

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With a Little Help From Strangers: Stonewall at 44

(2) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 1:05 PM

In June we recall the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, when an unorganized group of gay men, drag queens, trans women, and their friends at the Stonewall Bar in Manhattan's West Village refused to go along with another one of the chronic and scripted shakedowns on what should...

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Losing My Funny

(1) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 1:11 PM

Given a choice, I always choose funny. As a rule, I prefer to laugh so as not to cry. If funny isn't a choice, I add it. When nothing is sacred, everything becomes sacred. Seeing the funny, that makes my day better. As long as shaming is not the intent,...

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We Are All Just People

(3) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 8:04 PM

It's only been days since President Obama uttered that single never before used in any presidential inaugural address syllable "gay." Whether it was bold or long overdue is not important. And if the president's phrase, "through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall" did not match the oratory skill...

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