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Fred Waitzkin

Here Is How I Get in Trouble

Fred Waitzkin | Posted 07.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Fred Waitzkin

When I'm deep into a writing project, sweating and excited by the flow of sentences and images, I may slip in a quick peek at my iPhone. Then I turn...

Bull Sharks in the Marina (Part II)

Fred Waitzkin | Posted 04.12.2014 | Green
Fred Waitzkin

Most of us can eventually get used to almost anything -- natural catastrophes, war, even scores of huge aggressive sharks inhabiting a tranquil place such as the Big Game Club Marina on the Bahamian island of Bimini.

Bull Sharks in the Marina, Part I

Fred Waitzkin | Posted 04.08.2014 | Green
Fred Waitzkin

"Look at those big fellas, " remarked my old friend James Rolle as we sat with feet dangling off a beat-up dock at the Big Game Fishing Club on B...

Transactional Love Reconsidered With Jaime

Fred Waitzkin | Posted 02.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Fred Waitzkin

Before she arrives at my office on Wednesday evenings, rather than assessing the state of my scoliosis, I think about ideas or stories I want to tell her. We might discuss an essay or scene I am writing or fall into a conversation about love, deceit, or mutability. Increasingly our talks have become probing and intense, a high point of the week for me, and I think for her as well.

Looking for Body Parts on Bimini Beach

Fred Waitzkin | Posted 08.07.2013 | Books
Fred Waitzkin

I was sitting on a crumbling sea wall alongside James Rolle, my best friend on Bimini, staring out at the reef and the blue ocean beyond. There was a cool breeze coming off the Gulf Stream that felt like the essence of renewal. I breathed it in.

On Book Tour With Willy Loman

Fred Waitzkin | Posted 07.08.2013 | Books
Fred Waitzkin

It does not matter if a writer's work is delicate or deep or inventive or learned or crass. With thousands of books published each week, authors are begging for a signing in a prestigious store, no less a radio interview or a feature newspaper article.

What Is True?

Fred Waitzkin | Posted 03.12.2013 | Books
Fred Waitzkin

But how does one reconcile the idea of truth-telling with an inability to differentiate between reality and fantasy? I think that question goes to the essence of great fiction and poetry making, and also perhaps to the uncanny power of dreams.

How I Became a Writer

Fred Waitzkin | Posted 02.05.2013 | Books
Fred Waitzkin

I came to it in fury and revolt. I wanted to be a salesman like Abe Waitzkin, and I wanted to be Jack Kerouac or Raymond Radiguet. Probably it was the tumult, the tension and war in my home, the beat of the conga drums, the rhythm of Hemingway's sentences that first tempted me.