Category: Editing Diary

Hisham’s Palace

Traveling is also literature: I have just described this wonderful Roman mosaic in the book, so I decided to look it up on Google. It is curious that I still remember it perfectly, from the...

Happy First Month, my Love

Tuesday, December 15 “I had send him an email yesterday with a Brazilian painting, The Kiss, by Rubens Gerchman… ahead of time, I was so eager to celebrate: ‘What you give to me and...

Tsunami

“The feeling I have for you is like a tsunami… coming and coming in infinite waves,” wrote Alan, on December 12, 2004. Two weeks later, on December 26, when we were seeing each other for...

Kites (Next Year We Will…)

Saturday, December 11 “Dear Alan, check in to see a 2005 preview (for us, I mean, kites and all). Attached for you a Brazilian painting, Kites, oil on canvas by Candido Portinari.   “Love/...

Vows

Thursday, December 9 “Ani, Noga bat Avraham, mekhabelet otcha Alan ben Jacob beahava… Hodu L’Adonai ki tov, ki l’olam chasdo! “Good morning, my love, light of my life…”

How Beautiful!

How Beautiful!

Wednesday, December 8 The view from the 13th floor in Rio: “Corcovado, o redentor, que lindo!” [Corcovado, the Redeemer, how beautiful! – “Corcovado,” by Tom Jobim, 1963.]

On the Exercise Ball

On the Exercise Ball

Monday, December 6 “I don’t have to do anything… I could be between your skirt all day. I’m getting hard already… just your words affect me. It is hard for me to picture you,...

“Ferida” [“Wound”]

“Ferida” [“Wound”]

Friday, December 3 So, I’m here. Singing Cazuza: “I want the fortune of a tranquil lover…” Would you like to keep typing? You apparently don’t, so I’m sending you an email. When you listen...

Till There Was You

Till There Was You

Friday, December 3 Friday, December 3 I sang Beatles for him in an email, with the blue of Monet’s lilies all over the screen: Till There Was You. “How lovely you sing, mon amour,” he...

Mind Tricks

Mind Tricks

Wednesday, December 1st “The shadow was mine, not yours, it was of my doing… I could have said nothing… but that would be contrivance, manipulation… and what is between us is beyond contrivance…” At...

Love is the Best Motive

Love is the Best Motive

Today, for the first time, I risked showing to Alan a short paragraph of our book. He, who is usually uptight and very critical, open the widest of smiles: “Did I write this? I was...