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Rockland, Michael

Professor Michael Aaron Rockland served in the U.S. Diplomatic Service as a cultural attaché in Latin America and Spain.  He has also held Fulbright lectureships in Norway, Argentina, Uruguay, and Peru, and still lectures widely overseas under the auspices of the State Department.  He is interested in ethnicity (particularly the American Jewish experience) and mobility: see his books Homes on Wheels, Looking For America on the New Jersey Turnpike and Snowshoeing Through Sewers.  His novel, A Bliss Case, was a New York Times "Notable Book."  He has written extensively for magazines such as Philadelphia, Adventure Travel, Explorer's Journal, and New Jersey Monthly, where he has long been Contributing Editor.  A recent book (2008) was 'The George Washington Bridge: Poetry in Steel.'  A new novel titled 'Stones,' came out in 2009. In 2010 a memoir of his years with the American Embassy in Madrid as a cultural attache was published by the University of Valencia and in 2012, published in English in the United States. In 2014, another memoir of his bizarre service in the U.S. Navy, "Navy Crazy," was published. Finally, he has also done considerable work in television production and filmmaking and studied at the Foreign Service Institute of the Department of State.


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