Diving for Carlos: Or, Heroes' Welcome Blues


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5.5 X 0.86 X 8.5 inches | 1.08 pounds
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About the Author

Some of my best friends while growing up in Rock Island, Illinois, were Mexican- Americans. In high school we shared many adventures. After years of living in New York, Vermont, and India I returned to my hometown and rediscovered my admiration for my old friends there, and saw that a colorful Mexican-American neighborhood had been re-christened "Hero Street" in honor of the men it had sent to America's wars. I wanted to tell a story about Midwest America with a narrator from this community. Diving for Carlos is an American myth. The narrator (Cruz) is mestizo, of mixed ancestry. I identify with this, feeling my psyche is a mix of influences-twenty-five years of studying and writing about India, teaching Asian Religions and Comparative Religion for twenty-five years, deeply interested in African-American music and creativity, married to a Jewish woman for forty-some years, etc. I think most Americans are now multi-cultural. I studied at Goodman Theatre, the Art Institute of Chicago; in Vermont; in India; and I received my PhD at Harvard University. I taught courses about Comparative Religion for 25 years at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. I am the author of books about the singer-saints of South India ("Vijayanagara Visions"), fractals in cultures ("Heaven's Fractal Net"), and compassion in America ("The Wisdom of Generosity"). Besides writing, I like to make collages of found objects, and to edit music videos. Diving for Carlos was a finalist in ForeWord magazine's Book of the Year Awards in the fiction category. A suspense novel by me, Gypsy Escapades, set in India, is being published by Rupa Publications in New Delhi.