I’m Donald Friedman, author of novels, short stories, essays, and large and small books of non-fiction. Curious about everything (some might say pathologically so) my books and blogs cover an odd mix of topics—the lives and works of writer-artists, a fascination with language that resulted in a humorous book about dog terms, a blog about words derived from chemistry, and the mind-destroying disease, CJD, that took the life of my sister.
Since there’s only so much one guy can discover on his own, I hope you’ll send me an email with writer-artists or dog terms or chemistry words I’ve overlooked, or your own experience with dementing illness. Or anything else you care to share.
Latest Blog Post
With the 2015 award of the Cervantes Prize, Fernando del Paso’s place among the greatest of Spanish literary figures was cemented. Acclaimed as both novelist and essayist, the Surrealist-influenced del Paso was also an internationally exhibited artist whose work, both in ink and paint, offers precisely rendered, dream-like images that juxtapose and merge the real and the fantastic.Read More
“Sparkling audaciously on every page.”
(The Writer’s Brush: Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture by Writers)
New York Times Book Review
“A fever dream...an engaging, serpentine, and multilayered tale of death, passion, and people.”
“You’ll be pleased to compare its farcical humor to Philip Roth’s.”
(The Hand Before the Eye)
The Jerusalem Report
“A delicious peek into the artistic pursuits of some eighty authors.”
(The Writer's Brush Exhibition Catalogue)
The New Yorker
“As funny and irresistible as dogs are."
(You’re My Dawg, Dog)
John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
Interested in great writers who were also visual artists? Check out The Writer’s Brush: Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture by Writers, now out in six languages. The New York Times Sunday Book Review described it as “sparkling audaciously on every page,” and the American Libraries Association called “a grand feat of research and interpretation.”
Laugh and Learn
Enjoy a laugh or two as you enlarge your vocabulary with You’re My Dawg, Dog: A Lexicon of Dog Terms for People. Sample the plats du jour on my blog—essays inspired by dog terms and a lighthearted lexical commentary in better words through chemistry.
24-7 With Phyllis
For the many whose lives have been affected by Alzheimer’s or other dementing illnesses, in 24/7 With Phyllis, I tell the story of my sister’s death from CJD (Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease), a literal one-in-a-million horror that is caused by a non-living thing that the astonished scientific world was forced to accept is contagious.