On Sunday, May 15th from 12-2pm, join Left Coast Writers® Live on FCCFREE RADIO’s popular show, Lilycat on Stuff. Lilycat’s guests on Sunday will be Morris Taylor and Jonathan Arnowitz.
“Nine Lives of Morris: Great Tales from One Cool Cat!” tells stories from Morris’ varied life in the form of flash memoir. The thirty narratives recount episodes from his childhood in the Great Depression of the 1930’s to his eighty-fifth birthday. Morris writes in the first person, present tense, to give the reader a feeling of immediacy. A dozen poems are free-standing or sprinkled into the prose. Forty of his original watercolors illustrate the 124-page book in full color. Four photographic montages picture various aspects of Morris career as a concert pianist, a professor of music, a watercolorist and gay leather man.
Morris Taylor is a contemporary version of the Renaissance man. Throughout his fourscore and more years he has displayed a keen interest and considerable skill in thearts, religion, family and leather life style. As a musician, he has traveled the world giving classical piano concerts, master classes and lectures. His writing achievements range from scholarly papers in musicology to incisive poetry relating gentle nature to gritty life. In retirement years, Taylor has become a watercolor artist. His twenty-five one-person shows range from San Francisco’s Grace Episcopal Cathedral to the Center for Sex and Culture. On May 21, 2015, he exhibited his erotic watercolors at Chicago’s Leather Archives and Museum. For four decades Doctor Taylor was on the faculty of Christian universities. He retired as Professor Emeritus of Music. In the capacity of his missionary credential, he has taught Bible classes for youth and adults and raised up a Seventh-day Adventist church in Appalachia. With his wife Elaine he toured as a duo-piano team. When their four kids were young, they fit into the back of the station wagon when their parents were on tour. When the children grew to be teens, Lucille, Leonard, Lowell and Lyndon became the prominent Taylor String Quartet winning national prizes and touring under management.
In his sixties Morris has acted upon his inherent homosexuality. He came out simultaneously as a kinky person into sado-masochism into the leather life style. Probably he is the oldest title holder in that community, International Master 2013. A documentary film is being made of Taylor’s life.
Jonathan Arnowitz is a Design Director for Foxconn, the leading maker of Smart Phones. Previously, he has worked as a designer for Google, Nokia, as well for a Dutch Design bureau, Informaat. Jonathan has already published two books on software design. Presently he is working on a series of books under the title of The Goldberg Variations. This series follows its main character on a journey of self-discovery through error and mistakes then through forgiveness (more…)