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About meI write fiction, nonfiction, short plays, poetry, letters, postcards...Prefer pen and ink and have a manual typewriter but confess to writing my most recent books on a PowerBook. I've published three books and used to write a diary from time to time for the New York Observer. I went to art school in Baltimore, took photographs, painted and fell in love with Japanese woodcuts. Instead of writing classses, studied Ancient Egyptian Grammar and Biosocial Aspects of Human Sexuality at Johns Hopkins, French at Peabody. Drink tea steeped in vintage teapots— it fuels the fury. What I'm writing— The Adventures of the Red Panda, 12 chapters, for my nephew Rupert, a fictionalized memoir: The 27 Notebooks of Nick Dante. Up on Guernica, a funny, sad story, The Last Geronimo...
JULY 11, 2008 The Daily News. Hip, surreal estate writer Jason Sheftell takes you to Laren and Paul's home, The Ivory Tower.

About my libraryOn shelves, floor to ceiling, and across the front door and in tumbles throughout the house. My collection: Eclectic. Poetry: Sappho, Coleridge, Kleinzahler, Rimbaud, Rossetti. Fiction: Capote, Colette, Huysmans, Anita Loos, McCabe, Mishima, Tom Robbins, Waugh. Art: Balthus, Edo woodcuts, Ancient Egyptian, Joseph Cornell, illustrated manuscripts, Beardsley, Egon Schiele, Darger, Paul Klee. Photography: Marion Ettlinger, Pre-Raphaelite, vintage! Nonfiction:Edgar Cayce, Artaud, Ninjinski, Malcolm X, Arctic Explorations, explorations on absinthe. Books on bats, hedgehogs, monkeys, mushrooms, Scottish tartans, chakras, saints, angels, fairies, etiquette books from the 1920's, the My Book House collection from my father and the books of friends. Fashion: Society in Vogue, Diana Vreeland and Edith Head, of course! Sineology and H.G. Wells...many books from my late father, Dr. Leon Stover and all the books written by Dr. Leon Stover! I adore old, hardcover books with embossed covers touched with gold and engravings over which there is a piece of tissue. And I have scraps of paper found on the street. I've stopped lending my books but sometimes...I give one away. (When you lend a book, you give it up.)


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Hope you liked Bohemian Girl!
Bohemian Girl is officially published! So far it's had a starred review in Booklist and a wonderful first-of-ten-must-reads on Flavorwire

Hope you enjoy it!

Hi Laren,

Sorry it took me a year or so to respond to this. Due to circumstances outside of my control I more or less left Librarything and other online haunts. Not sure whether it's still a pertinent question, but to answer it, THE TURTLE BOY features no cruelty to animals whatsoever. If anything, THEY'RE the threat ;-)

Well I'll certainly be looking forward to your next novel. I finished Pluto, Animal Lover and posted a review. LOVED it. I would definitely like to read more of your work but, you know, I just don't think I'm in the intended audience for The Bombshell Manual of Style. =D So I'll definitely be keeping an eye on you (and by that, I mean I'll be watching out for new books - not sitting across the street behind tinted glass monitoring your activities... ;D)
Oh! Hello Laren, I didn't know you were an LT author. :) I'm really enjoying your book so far!
Bohemian Girl is about a girl who's held by Indians in payment for a debt of her father's. It's set in 1860-70s Nebraska and quite lively.
Here's a bit from the beginning:

I am washing Duschecka all over. She is a tree branch that nobody knows how grew arms and legs just where you would. Well, most of one leg. She broke off from the only tree growing anywhere in this prairie, with a knot on one side that could’ve been a face. Bone-white when I found her, with all her bark gone to weather and storm, heat and hoppers and deer, she turned black, being in the dirt a lot like me.

I scrub her and then sink her to the river floor but I hold onto her leg the way Pa did mine, teaching me swimming until I almost drowned, then I use the sand from the river bottom on her to clean her back to white. At ten, girls have a want but not for a baby’s crying—a listening. I talk to her while I slip this deer hide over her shoulders and down under the place where I tie a Christ knot. I call it that for it has a cross twisted into it if you look close. But I am not a Christ person so much as the next person, you would be surprised. The Indian who keeps me gets along fine without the Christ god, so snug and bound with His rosaries and rules. The Indian believes instead in his own. This is all well and good but the danger in any of those gods is that in believing, people forget to do for themselves.
Thanks, Laren. Your book sounds interesting and it's always great to find others out there who are closet fans. .... and perhaps even better to find a like-minded spirit into Hrabal, that rough diamond of Bohemia!
Hi Laren -- Thanks!

"Me and Edith Head" is actually a short chapbook comic. You can get it directly from me (via or read it online:

Best -- Sara
Will do. Send me your mailing address ( Your book sounds interesting. Can I get it on Amazon?

Was wondering if you'd be interested in reviewing my new novel and posting your comments here as well as a few other book-related sites. Saw you liked Butcher Boy, and I thought you might like my novel since it's also about a disturbed adolescent and a bit dark. I could e-mail you the novel in an e-book format if you'd like. Let me know if you're interested. Here's a link to a summary in case you're interested:

Thank you! I hope you enjoy it.
Of course -- I grew up in Southern California. Wells was a genius and a great storyteller. I learned a lot from him. Plus his books are so much fun to read.
I love HG Wells. I spent some weeks this summer reading his great short novels.

Glad to make your neighborhood acquaintance.


"This moment - the one you're experiencing right now - is the culmination of all the moments you have experienced in the past. This moment is as it is because the entire universe is as it is."

- Deepak Chopra
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