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John J. Healey
John J. Healey is the author of the recently published novel EMILY & HERMAN, (Arcade), a love story between Emily Dickinson and Herman Melville. He has been published in the Harvard Review and has directed two documentary films, 'Federico García Lorca' and the award-winning 'The Practice of the Wild'. He lives in the United States and Spain and is currently working on a new work of fiction: 'riverrun'.

Entries by John J. Healey

An End to the Season

(1) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 2:21 PM


I grew up and went to school in the '50s and '60s near Yankee Stadium. Until I was fourteen I could hear the crowds roar each spring and fall from my classroom at the north end of Joyce Kilmer Park. Before becoming...

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Ode to University Place

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 4:01 PM

For a long time I lived in New York in a small rent-regulated penthouse apartment on 10th Street and University Place. It was in an elegant, somewhat picaresque old building, one of a few owned by a single family whose oldest son came around now and then to check on...

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On Deciding to Not Be a Doctor

(1) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 11:03 AM

Like many people oriented towards the humanities I did well in school in all areas except for math and science. Thanks to a close friend who seamlessly loved Homer, Joyce and advanced mathematics I never developed the stereotypical negative attitude regarding science also common to those who identify with the...

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The Numbers on Her Arm

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 4:39 PM

The following is an excerpt from a work in progress...


Most of the tenants at 1535 Undercliff Avenue were Jewish. Perhaps other Irish families besides ours lived there but I don't remember them. In the 1950s and 60s that part of Highbridge in the Bronx, a series of cliffs...

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Four Books Ideal for Summer

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 3:30 PM

Before it is too late, before you fritter your life away triple screening, take note. Life is short. Reading, real reading takes time, so stop squandering it on Yahoo or Google headlines, weather and social media updates. Use the extra hours you'll gain to read a truly good book. I...

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With Michael J.P. Donleavy In Ireland

(2) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 6:52 PM

The following is an excerpt selected and adapted from my work in progress Riverrun.

We were in Ireland visiting my dear friend Shaun Beary who owns a beautiful rundown horse farm in County Meath. On the last day of our stay we were invited to meet Michael "J.P." Donleavy, author...

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Two Wonderful Madrid Restaurants

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 4:04 PM

I'm an old-fashioned food and wine snob who has eaten all over Spain for 40 years. Today I'm going to highlight two Madrid restaurants I find myself going to these days at least once a week. (There is a third one on my beat as well, the Taberna Arzábal (Calle...

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Finnegans Wake in the Bronx

(9) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 8:00 PM


"I think my life began with waking up and loving my mother's face: it was so near to me, and her arms were round me, and she sang to me." George Eliot from Daniel Deronda

In our Highbridge apartment in the Bronx...

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(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 6:50 PM

The following article was published on May 11th, translated into Spanish, in Spain's daily newspaper El País

Dedicated to Frederick Starr Wildman Jr. and to Pascal Tiger


It began with an Iberia flight from New York to Málaga in the spring of...

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Four Meals with Jim (Harrison)

(3) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 3:19 PM

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"Fate has never ladled out hardship very evenly, and this frequently trips our often infantile sense of justice." -- Jim Harrison
"We Americans are trained to think big, talk big, act big, love big, admire bigness but then the essential mystery is in the small." -Jim Harrison
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7 Impossible, But Delicious Romantic Author Pairings (PHOTOS)

(7) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 1:33 PM

As someone whose heroes are almost exclusively literary, it is hard to describe the emotions I felt discovering the love affair that occurred in the summer and fall of 1851 between Emily Dickinson and Herman Melville. Apart from its sensationalism as a news item, what most stands out for me...

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