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The Dream Merchant

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.