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books about simplicity


magazine articles by Mark Mathew Braunstein on 

Literature, Art, Philosophy & other nonsense 

rembrandt's self-portrait

Rembrandt's Self-Portrait in the Wallraf Richartz Museum

Article in IRIS: Notes in the History of Art about his circa 1660 self-portrait painting that has been associated with a portrait of Zeuxis painting a portrait

Also the painting itself can be viewed or downloaded from the Wallraf Richartz Museum's own website, here 

submarine base in Groton, CT

article & photo in response to the film, Oppenheimer

Oppenheimer Hits Close to Home

August 19, 2023 issue of The Connecticut Examiner (CT Examiner)

Discussed in the article: Naval Submarine Base New London, General Dynamics Electric Boat, Millstone Nuclear Power Station

girdled birch tree

article & photo about a tree in my backyard


March 25, 2023 issue of The Connecticut Examiner (CT Examiner)

My title “Tulip Tree Mania” refers to “Tulip Mania” from 17th century Dutch history. (Alternate title: "To Kill a Tree")

franz kafka

my chapter contribution

PRAGUE, 1974

in the book anthology, Kafka Kaleidoscope

A  true story about my search for Franz Kafka during my visit to Prague when it was still under the yoke of Soviet domination 

man on horseback

my short story contribution

Famine throughout the Land

in the literary journal, The Mystic Muse: Tales for the New Age

A fantasy about one man's search for the perfect diet,

which does not exist

you only go extinct once

Book Reviews

You Only Go Extinct Once &

Hold the Apocalypse 


two books by Bob Lorentson

review published in January 2025 issue of Neighbors Paper

birder on berry lane

BIRDER on Berry Lane - book review    (1MB PDF)


Neighbors Paper monthly - November 2020 issue 


Book review of Birder on Berry Lane by Robert Tougias 

book published 2020

Imagine! Books, distributed by Penguin Random House

being and nothing

my short story contribution


in the literary journal, The Mystic Muse: Tales for the New Age

A moral tale about two brothers, named Being and Nothing, who search for meaning in life


The 4 Frogs of the Willimantic Frog Bridge   (500K PDF)


Neighbors Paper monthly - June 2024 issue 


Review of the Leo Jensen exhibition at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, CT, emphasizing the 4 frogs designed for the Frog Bridge in Willimantic, CT (with 2 photos by me)

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