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The Renegade Archaeologist & other tales By Michael Cooney
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This collection of two novellas and eight short stories range from distant star systems to an America only a few years in the future. An archaeologist makes many enemies as he reveals the... More > civilization that existed before the great ice sheets descended over the continent. An anthropologist visits the planet Drimmold, eager to prove that a band of monkeys are fully human despite their lack of fire, tools and violence. A space traveler named Jack Murphy is worshiped as a god and when he disappears, a wizard and a knight set out in search of him. A brave young woman tries desperately to save a doomed human colony in which all technology is based on the control of giant sea creatures. The last man on earth has never met another human being and a starship commander begins to question his loyalty to the Vatican. A retired couple adjusts to an overheated world where climate denial is official policy. And a young man cannot outrun the police until he finally learns how to speak in tongues.< Less
The Renegade Archaeologist By Michael Cooney
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This collection of two novellas and eight short stories range from distant star systems to an America only a few years in the future. An archaeologist reveals the civilization that existed before the... More > great ice age. An anthropologist visits the planet Drimmold, eager to prove that a band of monkeys are fully human despite their lack of fire, tools and violence. A space traveler named Jack Murphy is worshiped as a god and when he disappears, a wizard and a knight set out in search of him. A brave young woman tries desperately to save a doomed human colony in which all technology is based on the control of giant sea creatures. The last man on earth has never met another human being and a starship commander begins to question his loyalty to the Vatican. A retired couple have adjusted to an overheated world where climate denial is official policy, but cannot stop worrying about their rebellious grandson. And a young man cannot outrun the police until he finally learns how to speak in tongues.< Less
The River That Flows Both Ways By Michael Cooney
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This novel is based upon actual events of the 1640s in and near the Dutch village of Rensselaerswijck in the upper Hudson River Valley. Now known as Albany NY, the settlement was the center of the... More > lucrative Dutch fur trade with the neighboring Mohican and Mohawk tribes, even as they warred with each other for control of that trade. Among the historical figures encountered are Harmen and Jelisje van den Bogaert, Isaac Jogues, Arent van Corlear , Johannes Megapolensis, and Adriaen van der Donck. The story is told by a young Mohican boy in a time when European diseases and war are creating chaos in the ancient cultures of the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys. Using his intelligence and imagination, he finds acceptance among the Mohawks and a new home with the family of the adventurous and bisexual Harmen van den Bogaert. When Harmen faces execution for a crime the Dutch term unspeakable, Matouac and a young slave girl named Catharina set out to save their friend.< Less
Upstate Perseus By Michael Cooney
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Upstate Perseus is a play in four scenes, inspired by the ancient Greek myth of Perseus. A boy is raised by a single mother, grows to manhood and undertakes the dangerous mission of bringing down a... More > possibly mythical beast; along the way he rescues a beautiful girl from another kind of beast, accidentally kills his father, and returns home to kill, perhaps by accident, a tyrant who has been oppressing his mother. This version of the ancient myth is set in upstate New York and along the Canadian border and features teenage characters who happen to bear those powerful names, Perseus and Andromeda. And there’s an an Athena who runs a diner and a Hermes who works as a delivery man. No one rides on Pegasus, though, and Medusa doesn't exactly turn anyone to stone. Otherwise the plot, through a series of remarkable coincidences, recreates the events of an ancient myth in the 1970s.< Less
South Bronx Medea By Michael Cooney
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In 1976 the Elder Avenue Playhouse in the Bronx staged a play based on Euripides’ Medea which is now being made available for any non-profit purpose. Like her namesake, Medea Rodriguez is... More > enraged at Jason, here an NYPD officer, for abandoning her and their two sons and marrying a woman who will enhance his career prospects. Her rage builds to a horrifying finale but as in the original tragedy, Jason continually underestimates the danger she presents to their two small boys.< Less
America Love It or Leave It By Michael Cooney
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"America Love It or Leave It" is a Viet Nam-era version of Antigone, originally staged at the Elder Avenue Playhouse in the Bronx in 1975...In the violent summer of 1968 in a farmhouse on... More > the US-Canadian border, an immigration agent and his children wage an ancient struggle. The oldest son in the family, Pete, is on his first solo flight from a nearby air base and will soon fly right over their farmhouse. The younger son, Eddie, is helping draft dodgers go through the family's backyard directly into Canada and continually threatens to join them. Until today, seventeen-year-old Andrea could not find the strength to break free from her father's overbearing control. The script of the one act play is now available as a free PDF and may be performed by any group for any non-commercial purpose< Less
Tales from the Rock City By Helen Schloss
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Writing for The New York Call in 1913, the pubic health nurse and activist, Helen Schloss describes the horrendous conditions then existing in the working class slums of Little Falls, New York. ... More > The Russian-born Schloss came to Little Falls in April of 1912, hired by a group of wealthy women to address the ongoing tuberculosis epidemic among the poor. By the time a strike spontaneously broke out in the town's textile factories, she was isolated from both her wealthy employers and the poor whom she was so desperate to help. Shocked by the police chief's observation that all of the strikers “ought to be shot,” she helps to organize a soup kitchen, only to be jailed for inciting to riot. After two weeks in the Herkimer County lock-up, she returns to the battle which finally ended in January, 1913 with modest pay increases for the strikers.< Less
Tales from the Rock City By Helen Schloss
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Writing this series of articles for "The New York Call" in 1913, Schloss describes the horrendous conditions then existing in the working class slums of Little Falls, NY. The Russian-born... More > Schloss came to Little Falls, hired by a group of wealthy women to address the ongoing tuberculosis epidemic among the poor. She describes her discouragement as she realizes that the workers simply cannot follow her advice on how to avoid disease., and felt that she had become only “a fad for the ladies.” By the time a strike spontaneously broke out in the town's textile mills, she was isolated from both her wealthy employers and the poor whom she was so desperate to help. Shocked by the police chief's observation that all of the strikers “ought to be shot,” she helps to organize a soup kitchen, only to be jailed for inciting to riot. After two weeks in the Herkimer County lock-up, she returns to the battle which finally ended in January, 1913 with modest pay increases for the strikers.< Less
Five Years at Fannie Lou By Michael Cooney
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This small book provides a personal glimpse of the renaissance in the New York City public schools as reflected in one of the most successful of the new small high schools. The individualized... More > portfolio assessment methods developed at Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School have made the school a model for those seeking alternatives to standardized testing. The author served as literacy coach at the school from 2003 to 2008 on behalf of the National Academy for Excellent Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. This book is not an official publication of the school nor of Teachers College and describes only a small portion of the work done by NafET in the New York City public schools.< Less
The Great Monroe High School Fire By Michael Cooney
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The Great Monroe High School Fire is based upon events surrounding the unsolved arson fire that did major damage to James Monroe High School in the South Bronx over thirty years ago. The characters... More > are inspired by the young people who learned how to survive in that era of gangs, drugs, and failing educational schools. The narrator, Joey Sanchez, lives in the worlds of both his Italian mother and his absent Puerto Rican father and is influenced by very different people. There is his impoverished mother whom he cannot bear to disappoint. And there is his closest friend Sapo who joins him in a frenzy of graffiti writing while they are still at Junior High 22, and who later nearly gets both of them killed in a drug deal gone wrong.< Less