Rafael Alvarez was born on May 24, 1958 ~ Bob Dylan’s 17th birthday ~ in old St. Agnes Hospital, the first of three sons born to Manuel Alvarez, a tugboat engineer.
When I was asked what my religious beliefs were on the recent census form, I wrote “Buddhist” in the “Other” category. I argued with friends about that. They thought I was feeding into John Howard’s version of Australia ...
He’s worked hard to get where he is, beginning in the unheated upstairs of the 1867 Michigan farmhouse where he was raised.
He is an essayist, author, and short-story writer, and has traveled extensively in remote and populated parts of the world.
Sure, Rome in 3D is cool, but a downhome street altercation in front of Maxwell’s can be just as educational.
His father was a diplomat with the Afghan Foreign Ministry and his mother taught Farsi and History at a large high school in Kabul.
She still is willing to play the role of a murder victim ~ except one found by earth-moving equipment in a landfill ~ though she would prefer to play a judge.
Described as “a fiery performer” by Oscar Ghiglia, guitarist Leighann Narum has returned to the New York area after four years of living in and performing throughout Spain.
Jesse Pesta is a writer and photographer who has lived and worked as a journalist in Hong Kong and Indiana, New York and India.
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♦ Simon & Schuster ♦
Red Room ♦
The Freedom Writers Foundation ♦
University of Wisconsin Study Abroad Program ♦
Brendhal Memorial Scholarship ♦
Daniel Pearl Foundation ♦
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