This blog is a collection of writings about books and literature begun when I was manager of a bookstore and reading as fast as I could.
I am a PhD candidate in English Literature at the University of Reading, U.K., and Scholar in Residence at the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies at Boston University, U.S.A. My topic is Post World War 2 Anglo-Jewish drama. I studied theatre with Augusto Boal (Theatre of the Oppressed) and Keith Johnstone (Impro). After 15 years working full-time in professional theatre on the production side, I founded youth theatres in England writing and directing over 20 productions. Since then I have been a bookstore manager, taught writing, literature, and drama at colleges, in the U.K. and New England, where I live in Brookline, MA with my wife Alane Shanks and we have two college age sons.
These days, alongside doing research, I teach, write and help people with web, written, and spoken communication using my drama and improvisation experience and do project management for various organizations and businesses.