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Terence Clarke
Terence Clarke is the Director of Publishing of Astor & Lenox, a new publisher of fine fiction and non-fiction books. He lives in San Francisco. His latest novel is A Kiss for Señor Guevara. A story collection, Little Bridget and The Flames of Hell, was published in 2012. His new novel, The Notorious Dream of Jesús Lázaro, will be published later this year.

Entries by Terence Clarke

Alev Lytle Croutier's "Harem: The World Behind the Veil (25th Anniversary Edition)"

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 3:28 PM

Had I not read Alev Lytle Croutier's Harem: The World Behind the Veil when it was first published 25 years ago, I would have continued thinking that a harem in Turkey was basically a gathering of women sequestered--imprisoned--for the deviant sexual pleasure of the pasha, sultan or whomever else was...

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The Bohemians of San Francisco

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 5:04 PM

If, like me, you live on Russian Hill in San Francisco, or if you care for fine and adventurous writing, Ben Tarnoff's The Bohemians: Mark Twain and The San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature is for you. Mark Twain lived and wrote in San Francisco for a...

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(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 6:19 PM

Forty-nine years ago, I moved to western Borneo.

With a degree in English Literature fresh in my hands and with little money of my own, I figured the Peace Corps was a good way to travel, something I had almost never done. I've often thought that the experience of growing...

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Timothy Ferris' The Science of Liberty

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 12:03 PM

Liberal democracies did not simply spring from a void. According to Timothy Ferris in his compendious and very informative book The Science of Liberty: Democracy, Reason and the Laws of Nature, democracies came along as the natural result of the scientific inquiry that so informed The Enlightenment and later eye-opening...

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A Year in Champagne

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 5:44 PM

Champagne is magically joyful. Yet few understand the struggle involved in creating it.

Documentary filmmaker David Kennard is making a trilogy of films about three distinctive wines (burgundy, champagne and port), and the second of these, A Year in Champagne, will premier at this year's Santa Barbara International Film Festival....

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Anders Zorn in San Francisco

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

One would seldom assert that the greatest of the Impressionists was a Swede. But once having seen the Anders Zorn exhibition currently up at The Palace of The Legion of Honor in San Francisco, you could be forgiven for thinking so. Light hurries from almost every painting in...

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Where the Peacocks Sing

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 6:55 PM

It comes as quite a surprise to Alison Singh Gee to learn that her first visit to her new husband's family home will take her to a 100-room palace... that her husband's family owns.

Raised in a Los Angeles suburb by her housewife mom (the daughter of a Sacramento...

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The Re-Ruination of the Waterfront

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 2:42 PM

Those of us who lived in San Francisco at the time well remember the ruination of the waterfront by the double decker freeway that ran its length. A monstrosity, the freeway successfully blocked the city from its own bay shore, and made the waterfront itself into an industrial slum worthy...

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Jazz, Antiques and Terrific Kids: The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 8:42 PM

You might not immediately associate one of the great jazz singers of our time with a major exhibition of prestigious antiques. But Kitty Margolis, who is the honorary chairman of this year's San Francisco Fall Antiques Show, takes to the task with great enthusiasm.

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The New Concession Speech

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2013 | 4:25 PM

One of the things I do for a living is to edit work by serious writers, in an effort to get their manuscripts ready for publication. It's difficult work, oftentimes collegial, occasionally contentious and painful. It is, however, always rewarding because it so often involves the writer's soul and his...

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Learning to Write About New York

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 10:39 AM

"Excuse me," the man said. He stood across from me in an elevator of the building in which I was working, at 8th and 34th in Manhattan. "I think you are not American."

His own accent was Hispanic.

"How so?"

A large smile appeared. "For one, you say things...

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Alan Rinzler on Publishing Past, Present and Future: Part 2

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 3:30 PM

Much has changed in the way that writing gets published... and read. Two things, however, remain unchanged: the creative talent of the writer and the intellectual curiosity of the reader.

Alan Rinzler has a solid reputation for being a tough, tasteful, and precise editor to many famous writers....

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Alan Rinzler, on Publishing Past, Present and Future: Part 1

(1) Comments | Posted September 9, 2013 | 8:17 PM

When you are reading the acknowledgments page of a newly purchased book, and you come across effusive thanks from the writer to his/her editor, you can reasonably ask, "Just what does an editor do?" Is such a person merely a handy helpmate who corrects grammatical errors? Is the editor the...

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Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 1:02 PM

Those of us who live in California know quite a lot about Richard Diebenkorn. One of the great American artists of the 20th century, Diebenkorn is noted for, among other things, his long sojourns in Berkeley and Santa Monica. His world fame was established once he had begun his exceptional...

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Jesse Coleman and Natasa Lekic: Editors for the New Publishing

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 5:50 PM

The literary editor is now a rare species. Gone are the days when you and your novel could enter into a collegial, comfy relationship with someone like Maxwell Perkins or Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. During the last few decades, numbers of editors have been let go by the major corporatized publishers...

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The Gift

(1) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 10:26 AM

Among the writers I know, Lewis Hyde's The Gift is almost always required reading. It is a treatise on the differences between gift-giving cultures (mostly tribal and now disappeared) and the commodity-driven cultures born of the Industrial Revolution (still predominant and thriving stunningly in the glut of digital...

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The Soul of Juan de Pareja

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 5:38 PM

The portrait of Juan de Pareja by Velázquez that hangs in a gallery of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan is surrounded by other estimable works, even a few of genius. But this work compels the viewer to look. It is a portrait of personal disappointment and anguish, and...

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Pablo Neruda and The Perilous Andes

(5) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 5:13 PM

The news that the Chilean government has exhumed Pablo Neruda's remains, to determine whether or not his death was caused by poisoning, brings a new, but not surprising, twist to Neruda's life, even forty years after his demise.

Neruda died just days after his friend Salvador Allende, the democratically elected...

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Simon & Schuster vs. Barnes & Noble

(1) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 7:31 PM

The current dispute between the book retailer Barnes & Noble and the publisher Simon & Schuster has caused much handwringing and worry among those whose livelihoods depend on such organizations. But the dispute is one that has visited all changing industries fighting a rear-guard action against newer, more...

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Contemporary Classical: The Architecture of Andrew Skurman (PHOTOS)

(2) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 10:02 PM

"My grandfather gave me a job!" Andrew Skurman laughs. "That's how I got so interested in architecture."

Skurman sits back, folds his arms before him and enters what is clearly an affectionate recollection. "He had a company in the Bronx making elevators and, when I was 14, they needed draftsmen,...

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