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Richard SeltzerHere I post thoughts, memories, stories, novels, plays, essays, reading lists, genealogical research, info about ebooks for sale, and matters of interest to friends and family.  This isn't your typical web.  It's meant to be idiosyncratic and fun.  I welcome feedback and suggestions.

I'm finally in a position to write full-time. Four of my works of fiction are set during the Trojan War -- Breeze, We First Met in Ithaca, Trojan Tales, and Let the Women Have Their Say. Two center on Shakespeare -- Shakespeare's Twin Sister and We All Are Shakespeare. Six (Parallel Lives, Beyond the 4th Door, Nevermind, Breeze, Shakespeare's Twin Sister, and To Gether Tales) overlap and echo one another, with stories inside stories and touches of magical realism and alternate history. Others include The Bulatovich Saga: The Name of Hero an historical novel, Meter Maid Marion a story collection, Grandad Jokes: 3000 jokes on Trump and other nonsense,  Why Knot? a collection of essays, The Lizard of Oz and Other Stories, and Echoes from the Attic, a suspense novel which I co-wrote with Ethel Kaiden.

I'm also the publisher of Seltzer Books, with over 14,000 time-tested books in ebook format, available for sale through Barnes & Noble (Nook), Kobo, Apple, Google Play, and PublishDrive. Earlier, I published entire libraries of books on CD and DVD primarily for the blind, who used "screen readers" to convert the text to voice. This included a 4-DVD set with over 20,000 books for just $149. I also made a quixotic attempt to build and run my own ebook store, Quench, trying to single-handedly compete with the likes of Amazon. My publishing company was originally known as B&R Samizdat Express and consisted of just my late wife Barbara (B) and me Richard (R). Samizdat means "self-published" in Russian.

In the early days of the Web, I worked for Digital Equipment's Internet Business Group as their "Internet evangelist." When the company was swallowed by Compaq (which was later swallowed by Hewlett-Packard) I worked independently as an Internet marketing consultant, writing extensively about business on the Internet. Many of the books, articles, and speeches I wrote back then are available here. My AltaVista Search Revolution was the first consumer-oriented book about search engines. Library Journal, called it "indispensable". My Web Business Boot Camp was a pioneering guidebook for Internet start-ups .It is now available for free at this website.

My original web site, which I used as a sandbox to test ideas about the Web, has been preserved by the Internet Archive as part of their Wayback Machine.  They have stored 666 versions of that web site, captured from November 1996 to September 2017. This link takes you to the part of the archive that is devoted to Select the date you are interested in; then you can browse the archive the same as you do the live web, clicking on link after link.  Everything from the web site is there, including all the issues of my Internet-on-a-Disk newsletter and the hundreds of articles from my blog. (They now archive as well)

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The Bulatovich Saga: The Name of Hero

Returning to the story after more than 40 years, it's now a third longer and much better. (I hope I've learned a few things in the interval).

"Raised in the Ukraine, Alexander Bulatovich (1870-1919) was a tsarist cavalry officer, an African explorer, and a religious leader. He guided an Ethiopian army through territory unknown even to them and fought in Manchuria during the Boxer Rebellion. When he retired at age 33 to join a monastery, seven of his men followed him there. Later, he led a religious movement at Mount Athos, fought in WWI, and, in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution, was shot dead on his doorstep in the Ukraine. The odd shifts in his career, his qualities as a leader, and the puzzle of what motivated him first drew me to him. I was also drawn by the strangeness of the eventsRussian exploration in Ethiopia, the Russian conquest of Manchuria, and a heresy battle in the twentieth century for which hundreds of monks were sent into exile. My historical sources included books by Bulatovich himself and over 25 hours of interviews with his sister, Princess Mary Orbeliani, when she was 99. The Name of Hero covers his life up through Manchuria. I will continue his story in two subsequent novels — The Name of Man and The Name of God. "

Let the Women Have Their Say

The women of Troy find ways to shape their own destinies in a world dominated by men.
Their stories are familiar, but their motivations and resourcefulness will surprise you.
​​​​​​​See Cassandra, Helen, Clytemnestra, Iphigenia, Polyxena, Andromache, Leda, and Hecuba as, despite all odds, they have their say.

Trojan Tales

These stories, selected from three novels, show events of the Trojan War reflected through the minds of participants who are immersed in the immediacy of the moment.


Dive into the world of the Trojan War as lived by Helen. Paris, and Menelaus; Polyxena and Achilles; Ktimene (Odysseus' sister) and Eumaeus the swineherd. What should they do? Do they have a choice?

Meter Maid Marion, How to Tutor a Ghost, The Third Tortoise

24 stories plus self-contained excerpts from 9 novels, ranging from romance to mind-twisting fantasy to realism, to history. In addition to the title stories, these include: The Princess Tango, The Seventh Note, Reinventing the Airplane, The Gentle Inquisitor, Aunt Rachel and the Wizard of Oz, Saint Smith, The Place Where Time Stopped, Give Me Now My Nevermind, The Abandoned House on Rogers Avenue, Ethiopia Through Sonya's Eyes, Even Elephants Pray.

We First Met in Ithaca, or Was It Eden?

Elle and Oz, strangers ready to restart their lives, meet by chance and flirtatiously swap stories in a dark abandoned house. 
They soon sense that these stories are coming from an unknown source. It's as if they are watching the stories rather than telling them.

Then they become actors inside the stories, seeing and hearing as if they were the characters, affecting outcomes but still conscious of their separate contemporary selves in the dark abandoned house,

their attraction heightened by this mysterious adventure.

The stories transform: the two become characters from the Odyssey and Genesis, facing challenges in previous lives, challenges that they meet head-on .

Finally, and they find themselves in a future where whole populations have transferred themselves to (or been absorbed into) a massive computer network.
The human cycle of birth, death, and rebirth will end. They will live in that network forever.

But Elle and Oz have a choice.


We All Are Shakespeare

Shakespeare literally comes alive.

Liam knows Shakespeare. All of Shakespeare. Every word of every play. No one knows how or why. But tell him a line, and he'll go into a trance and perform the whole play brilliantly.

He performs at the local beach pavilion, play after play. Audiences swell, despite obstacles, until an unruly crowd trashes this quiet town, and the show shuts down. 

Then a professor prompts Liam to recite a lost Shakespeare play and gets it staged at the Yale Bowl.

Years later, something even more extraordinary happens -- a Spartacus moment.









Why Knot? a personal quest

132 short essays -- some fun, some profound.

Intriguing observations based on common sense logic.

Ideas that could change your life or the world.

"I don't think outside the box. The very notion of 'the box' is an illusion taht limits the range of topics, squashes curiosity and creativity, and precludes innovative solutions. Please join me on my journey of exploration."
Categories covered:
Questions Big and Small
Identity, Memory, and Communication
Understanding Our World
Politics and Government
Literature, Reading, and Writing
Impact of Technology
Business and Product Ideas
Everyday Life


Echoes from the Attic


A romantic suspense novel.

Five strangers, two men and three women, share a Back Bay Boston
apartment like a multi-generational family.


High-tech high jinks, vengeful jealousy, and violent death combine
to complicate lives and loves.
















The Lizard of Oz and Other Stories

Humorous fantasy for children and for adults who share stories with them.

An elementary school class sets out on a field trip to bring back enchantment
to the world. They learn that you hae to go under the world to stand under it
and understand it. And there are many levels of understanding. They meet
such characters as Mr. Shermin (who used to be a teacher until he decided
to be a fish, and then he knew how to turn himself into a fish, which not
 many people, even teachers, know how to do). Humpty Dumpty (who fell for
a little blue wallflower), Prince Frog (who would rather be a frog than a prince
because that's much less trouble), Sir Real (who has cereal instead of brains),
Lewis Carroll, the Knights of the Merry-Go-Round Table, the Mothers of Fact
(Miss Hap, Miss Take, and Miss Fortune), Mr. Plato, Daniel Boone, and
Joan of Noah's Ark.
Imagine The Phatom Tollboth crossing paths with a fifth grade class in
The Magic School Bus.







Grandad Jokes

An antidote to social distancing, political chaos, environmental crisis, and war.
Laughs to help you get back to feeling normal.
3000 jokes, 500 pages, a pound and a half of laughs.

Grouped as:
     Trump and Company
     Nonsensical Science, Philosophy, History, and Religion
     Letter, Number, and Grammar Play
     Speaking in Tongues - Word Play in Two Languages
     Never Grow Up - General Fun
     Bedtime Whimsy and Romance
     Pithy jokes for every taste and mood and occasion.








To Gether Tales

This bittersweet comedy and romance has touches of tragedy and magic.
Writing during the pandemic and feeling nostalgia for what has been lost, the narrator, Abe, recounts stories told around the dinner table on a Caribbean cruise two years before.
Abe explains the title:
"I'm writing from the midst of this crisis, not with the wisdom of hindsight. Even if it gets no worse than it is right now, much has been lost.
"I'm hoping that we can gether. That's a word that isn't in the dictionary.
"To gether is to find new ways to be together, new ways to meet, to bond, to love.
"Even when physically isolated, we can come together in spirit, to share experiences and emotions to the point that we are intimately connected.”
"In any case, may we always treasure our normal life, knowing, as we now know, that it is fragile and should never be taken for granted."

On one level, To Gether Tales is a collection of stories told around a dinner table. But it's also a novel, in which themes echo from one story to another and tellers both disguise and reveal themselves through what they say, all woven together in the frame of the narrator.

first review --

5.0 out of 5 stars Affairs to Remember

Reviewed in the United States on March 8, 2022

Verified Purchase

A refreshing antidote to the struggles borne of the pandemic, politics and threatening conflicts that haunt our daily lives. Richard Seltzer’s “To Gether Tales” takes us on an unusual ocean cruise that elevates our spirits and counteracts the current climate of cynicism and despair. Captivating, intimate and poignant stories brimming with romance, friendship, warmth, and humor bring a group of voyagers together. Seltzer's inventive and engrossing writing enables us to join the journey and participate as if we were on board, ourselves. We disembark feeling enchanted, renewed and reinvigorated.

The Princess Tango, a story from To Gether Tales, read by the author (YouTube video)


Shakespeare's Twin Sister

Shakespeare's twin sister wakes up in the body of a 99-year-old woman in a nursing home in 1987. Kate has quite a tale to tell:

-- her coming-of-age story, posing as a boy to get an education,

-- twins separated at birth sorting out the mystery of their otherworldly connection to one another,

-- a lifelong three-way love story,

-- soul projection and transference linking individuals to one another and connecting past to present,

-- and the story of a young reporter who falls in love with the soul he finds in the body of an old and dying woman.

As a cross-dressing sword-fighting teenager, Kate beats Mercutio, captain of the King's Musketeers, in a duel in Paris.

As Will's double and writing partner, Kate enables him to do the work of two geniuses.

This outlandish view of Shakespeare's life and times stays true to the facts, while presenting explanations that are intriguingly plausible.

Like Shakespeare in Love, this is a humorous, romantic take on Shakespeare the man.

Like Yentl, a brilliant young woman finds creative ways to succeed in a man-dominated world.

Amazon reviews --

Richard Seltzer’s story, Shakespeare’s Twin Sister, is a clever insightful romp.
We first encounter Kate as Lettie, a 99-year-old woman in a nursing home, 1987.
Her personality transforms and she tells her “real” story to a young journalist, Bill Greene.
He, in turn, retells a surprisingly plausible tale of Kate’s multiple identities (male and female) as Shakespeare’s twin sister.
Apparently, Kate played a large role in the writing of the famous works.
Not only that, but she is an arch feminist in men’s clothing with longings of her own.
The book is full of good humor – the Arden family quotes lines from Shakespeare’s play in their daily banter.
The titles are fun too – “If You Incest!”
Read this novel – it’s a mind-bending hoot!

5.0 out of 5 stars

"Albert Einstein wrote: “The distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” This revelation is illustrated in captivating literary form in Richard Seltzer’s “Shakespeare’s Twin Sister.”
In the setting of a nursing home, we find a 99-year old woman, who not only has a story of her early life, which is compelling in and of itself, but, also, a deeper tale, which challenges our assessment of our conventional, apparently linear existence. The duality of the consciousness of this amazing woman draws us in from the very beginning. Superimposed on this remarkable theme is the poignant love story of the reporter of this phenomenon for the younger self of the aged woman.
The theme revolves around the perspective of twins separated at birth, the girl belonging to a privileged family, the boy having a rough and tumble existence. Their common origin is unknown to both twins and they develop an attraction for one another. The boy is William Shakespeare, himself.
As always, Richard Seltzer’s books are both informative and imaginative. Here, we enter the realms of Russia, Elizabethan London and present-day America. Space and time are blurred like an Impressionist painting. Nevertheless, descriptions of place and historical anecdotes are true and told in a vivid manner so that we feel as if we are there.
Richard Seltzer’s novels dare us to extrapolate our own present-day existence with that of our past, possibly hidden, and future, so that our “souls” can shift or even transfer. That is the intellectual and engaging challenge of all of Richard Seltzer’s books."



Breeze, a young woman in present-day Connecticut, goes into a medically inexplicable coma. Her boyfriend, Yannie, a senior at Yale, has to get her the help she needs to survive while trying to solve the mystery of this goddess-like free spirit who appeared out of nowhere two months before.

In part two, Breeze awakens in a different body in a different place and time. She is at Troy in the body of Briseis, love-slave of Achilles. She fears she’ll be taken for a demon. She knows the story she is trapped in, and she learns that she can make changes in what the story leaves unsaid, so long as she doesn't alter the direction of the narrative.

In part three, Breeze finds herself in still another body. It's the fourth century AD and she’s at the temple of the Eleusinian Mysteries, near Athens. A young woman lies down on the altar next to the corpse of another young woman. In the ritual, she expects her soul will move to the body of the dead woman. Instead, the dead woman comes to life with the soul of Breeze. That glitch leads to humorous complications as well insights into the ironies of everyday life and love.




A WWII romance veers off into an alternate reality and then another and another.

"Richard Seltzer takes us on another spellbinding journey into an alterante reality that defies our familiar perception of space and time. Nevermind is a story with a backdrop that seems grounded on the surface, but turns into a flight of mind-bending twists."

Interview about Nevermind at Readers Magnet





Beyond the 4th Door

Without knowing why or how, two college students wake up 50 years older than they were when they went to sleep and with no memory of what has happened in between.
The first door is birth. The second is death. Finally, Frank and Marge go through the fourth door.

"Richard Seltzer's vast imagination knows no bounds...
Think Thomas Wolfe. Think The Razor's Edge by Maugham.
...the main character...talented, energetic, charismatic... genre-defying Be prepared for a wild ride."
"Richard Seltzer is a master of educating us to the possibilities of existence once we set our mind free and open the door to the unknown."






Parallel Lives

The story, which begins in an assisted-living facity in New Hampshire, leads to 18th century Boston and London, where there's unfinished business that residents, through mirror selves, must take care of.

"Ingeniously woven trip through space and time"

blog interview

Works by and about historical figures who are characters in Parallel Lives:

Mercy Otis Warren, historian and playwright

The Rise, Progress and Termination of the American Revolution

The original 3-volume work is 1317 pages long. Mercy wrote early drafts of this work near the time of the events described, and completed the work about four years before it appeared in 1805. Mercy wrote in the third person even when dealing with events involving her immediate family. James Otis (early advocate of the rights of the colonies) was her brother, James Warren (speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives) was her husband, and Winslow Warren (would-be diplomat) was her son.

Other works by Mercy Otis Warren

Gentleman Johnny Burgoyne, general and playwright




Postings at -- stories, essays, poems, and jokes.





essays from Untrammeled thoughts

other essays

lizard of oz

wrting advice


The Barracks (from Saint Smith and Other Stories), novella, 11K words, published online at Was also published online at Untold Tales Publishing which is now defunct.
The Barracks
 takes place during basic training at Fort Polk, LA, in the summer of 1970, during the Viet Nam War. The overwhelming majority of the trainees are reservists. All white, in a matter of weeks, they'll return home and go about their usual lives, unless something unexpected goes wrong. Four black trainees in the same platoon face immediate assignment to Viet Nam, so they have been deliberately failing the course, being "recycled," over and over again. Tensions of the war (which none of them support) and race relations (which the reservists never faced before) come to a head over an incident that in and of itself seems to have little significance but symbolically looms large.

    based on that novella  The Barracks, a three-act stage play (1989) and Spit and Polish, a full-length screen play (2001)

The Gentle Inquisitor and Other Stories, Was published online at Untold Tales Publishing, which is now defunct.
These eight ironic stories deal with serious questions in unique and playful ways. They'll make you smile and wonder and prompt you to think about human nature and the meaning of life from new perspectives.

The AltaVista Search Revolution:How to Find Anything on the Internet, Osborne/McGraw-Hill, 1997 and 1998, with Eric J. Ray and Deborah S. Ray
     The first consumer book about search engines. (AltaVista was the forerunner of Google.)
      Winner of the "Distinguished Technical Communication Award," the highest award given by the Society for Technical Communication Publications.    
     2 editions, Hebrew and Japanese translations. Braille version published by National Braille Press    
     "This complete guide to using the AltaVista web searching/indexing system will be indispensable to both librarians and patrons.... Get one copy to circulate, nail one down in the computer lab, and pass one around the reference desk."
-- Library Journal

Command_Line Heroes podcast "Looking for Search" includes interview of me about DEC's pioneering search engine AltaVista.

Ethiopia Through Russian Eyes by Alexander Bulatovich, translation by Richard Seltzer (Red Sea/Africa World Press, 2000)      at Kobo     at Nook   at Apple
     including 78 photos taken in Ethiopia in 1896-1898
     "...the most important book on the history of eastern Africa to have been published for a century...."
   Old Africa (complete review)

My Third Journey to Ethiopia, 1899-1900 by Alexander Bulatovich, translation by Richard Seltzer
Assembled from previously unpublished items in the Russian archives, this is a lively and detailed account of Bulatovich's travels, at the behest of Ethiopian Emperor Meneik II, in the northwestern border regions of the country, at a time when war with England seemed imminent. Bulatovich provides an insightful assessment of England's likely moves and what Menelik could do to block them, even including an invasion of the Sudan. Once again he provides previously unknown details about a critical time in Ethiopia's history. There's also a brief account of Bulatovich's fourth journey to Ethiopia in 1911, at which time he was a Russian Orthodox monk and sought to found a monastery at a lake to the south of Addis Ababa. This is a companion to Ethiopia Through Russian Eyes.

The Lizard of Oz, fantasy, 1974, revised and expanded 2018  at Kobo  at Nook query message for second edition     at Apple      at Nook      at Kobo   query message
"An intriguing and very entertaining little novel" Library Journal
     "Carroll and Tolkien have a new companion"
     "A work so saturated that the mind is both stoned with pleasure and alive with wonder"
Lancaster Independent Press

"A commentary on our times done delightfully" Philadelphia Bulletin
"A gallery of figments of contemporary culture that could take its place on the library shelf of memory along with classic figures of children's fiction" Valley  Advocate
"Adventures in Small Press Publishing" the story of how I self-published this book in 1974

Now and Then and Other Tales from Ome, children's stories, 1976    at Kobo     at Nook     at Apple
     "A highly original collection of short stories, sometimes humorous, sometimes profound." Boston Globe

The Name of Hero, historical novel, Tarcher/Houghton Mifflin, 1981    at Kobo     at Nook     at Apple
     translation of this novel into Russian 
     sources and related documents

Saint Smith and Other Stories, 2011    at Kobo    at Nook     at Apple

MGMT MEMO: Management Lessons from DEC, 2018    at Apple    at Nook    at Google Play


Snapshots of DEC, 2018     at Apple     at Nook


Web Business Boot Camp Hands-on Internet lessons for manager, entrepreneurs, and professionals, Wiley, 2002     at Apple     at Nook     at Kobo

Take Charge of Your Web Site, MightyWords, 2001

 Shop Online the Lazy Way (Macmillan, 1999. Braille edition published by National Braille Press)
    at Nook    at Google Play    at Apple  

 The Social Web: How to build successful personal or business Web sites, 1998)
    at Apple  

 The Way of the Web Lessons from the Internet. How to adapt to the new business environment, 1995)
    at Kobo     at Apple

 Dryden's Exemplary Drama, senior thesis at Yale (1969)    at Apple     at Google Play     at Nook

Death of the Federalist Party, paper written in high school, in 1963.  at Apple     at Google Play

 Dark Woods and Other Poems
     at Apple     at Nook


- Laugh and Let Laugh, word play, over 3200 short jokes (looking for a publisher)

- Six-Word Stories, prompted by images post on Twitter to AgathaChocolates (daily, starting February 13, 2020)

- Trumpisms (Trump jokes at Glossy News Satire, 2019)  one of the top 10 most popular articles of the year (#6)

- Trumpisms 2.0 (Trump jokes at Glossy News Satire. 2019)

- Trumpisms 3.0 (Trump jokes at Glossy News Satire, 2019)

- Trumpisms 4.0 (Trump jokes at Glossy News Satire, 2020)

- Trumpisms 5.0 (Trump jokes at Glossy News Satire, 2020)

- Trumpisms 6.0 (Trump jokes at Glossy News Satire, 2020)

- Trumpisms 7.0 (Trump jokes at Glossy News Satire, 2020)

- Tumpisms 8.0 (Trump jokes at Glossy News Satire, 2020)

- Trumpisms 9.0 (Trump jokes at Glossy News Satire, 2020)

- Trumpisms 10.0 (Trump jokes at Glossy News Satire, 2020)

- Trumpisms 11.0 (Trump jokes at Glossy News Satire, 2020)

- Trumpisms 12.0 (Trump jokes at Glossy News Satire, 2020)



- The Gentle Inquisitor (from Saint Smith and Other Stories)

- The Choice (from Saint Smith and Other Stories)

- Creation Story (from Saint Smith and Other Stories)

- Chiang ti Tales (from Saint Smith and Other Stories)

- The Mirror (from Saint Smith and Other Stories) (American Bystander #13, 2019

- Now and Then (from Now and Then and Other Tales from Ome)

- Revolution  (at Glossy News Satire, 2019)

- Finnegan Died  (at Glossy News Satire, 2019)

- Size Matters   (at Glossy News Satire, 2019)

- Hundreds and Hundreds of Gerbils to be published in May 2021 online at

- Julie's Book: The Little Princess (from Now and Then and Other Tales from Ome)

- Mary Jane's Book: The Book of Animals (from Now and Then and Other Tales from Ome)

- The Little Oops Named Ker Plop (from Now and Then and Other Tales from Ome)

- Hands

- Tiger in the Intercom

- Yanni, to be published April 2021 online at


 Without a Myth and Five Other Plays    at Apple   at Google Play   at Nook

- Without a Myth, three-act play (1971)

- Heel, Hitler, ten-minute play (2015)

- The Barracks, a three-act stage play (1989)

- Rights Crossing, a two-act historical play, set in the American Revolution (1976)

- Mercy, a two-act historical comedy, set in the American Revolution,  based on the lives of Mercy Otis Warren and General Johnny Burgoyne. (1975)

- Heel, Hitler, ten-minute play (2015)

- The Lizard of Oz, children's play (1976)


- The Lizard of Oz radio script, episode1, episode 2, episode 3

- Spit and Polish, a full-length screen play (2001)

- Traffic Jam, a short screen play (1972)

-  Family on Demand, first episode of proposed sitcom, co-written with Ethel Kaiden (2004)

A Glimpse of the Future, 1993 video about the future of the Internet, written by Richard Seltzer 


- From Russia and Ethiopia to the Internet (Wesleyan College) article
- Surviving as a Small Business in the Age of Google: Generate Search-engine Traffic (NEXPO, Washington, DC)  article
- The Future of Business on the Internet (Lewiston, Maine)  script
- Increase Traffic on the Internet Without Advertising (IQPC Conference, San Francisco, CA)  article
- Corporate-wide Knowledge Management  (ExpoManagement 98, Buenos Aires, Argentina)  article
- Business Opportunities on the Internet (Comdex, Buenos Aires, Argentina)  script
- The Social Web: from Hyper-links to People-links  (Web Week 97, Oak Ridge National Labs, Oak Ridge, TN)  book
- Basics of Effective Web Sites: How to Succeed When the Rules of the Game Change (Boston)  book
- Building Communities on the Internet (Internet Expo/Email World, Boston, New Orleans)  article


- Complete text of newsletter Internet-on-a-Disk 1994-2011

Current thoughts on all topics

- Distance Education

- Internet Present & Past

- Internet History

- Internet Strategy and Marketing

- EBay and Other Online Auctions

- Internet Search

- Community and Collaboration

- Web Site Design

- Working At Home

- Publishing and Ebooks

- Glimpses (essays toward a personal philosophy)

- My book reviews


- 70 Online Dates - Learning to Date at 68

Asthma in Timisoara: A Glimpse at the Romanian Medical System

- Romantic Romania?

- Training, Not Censorship: The Need for Cyber-Street-Smarts

- Global Competition and the Long Road to General Prosperity (1992)

- Thoughts on Reading and Writing

- The Bugle Boy

- Why Bother to Save Halloween?

- The Nostalgia of Tomorrowland

- Adventures in Small Press Publishing: the Lizard of Oz

- From Russia to Ethiopia to the Internet

- The Serge Solovieff Mystery - A World War I Variant of the Spanish Prisoner and Nigerian Scams

- Making sense of the myths behind Greek tragedy, in particular the mythos of Pelops/Atreus/Agamemnon, grad school paper (1970)

- Filial Respect in Confucius and Socrates and the Divergence of Western and Chinese Philosophic Traditions, paper written while an undergraduate at Yale, May 1967

- Another Look at Moliere's l'Avare (The Miser), paper written while a student at Brentwood School in Brentwood, Essex, England, May, 1965.


Southwest 2005

Rome 2009


- The Story of the Trojan War in Unintentionally Humorous Verse doggerel written in the sixth grade (age 11)

- Hi-Q or Peg Solitarie, a solution to the game solved and recorded in the third grade (age 8)

- Stories Written in the Second Grade


Seltzer Books (titles organized as Virtual Book Tables)

Catalog (with links to ebook stores)



Sixty-Six Years of Reading (complete list of books I've read since 1958)

My Current Reading list (2024)

Recommended contemporary books (published since WW II)

My book reviews

Book reviews by Dean Rink

Author page at Goodreads



The Cary-Estes Genealogy by May Folk Webb and Patrick Mann Estes

-- as a web page

-- as a Word document

The Cary-Estes-Moore Genealogy by Helen Estes Seltzer

-- as a web page

-- as a Word document

All-inclusive genealogy page (listing over 1600 direct ancestors)

Ray Brehm's Seltzer and Hocker Genealogy

Daly Family Album

Daly Genealogy

Ancestor Surfing (advice on genealogical research)

Family and Friends


Bob Seltzer's chess career

Nancy Felson, Greek Scholar, selected articles and CV

Dictionary, a Vocabulary of the Attic Language by S. C. Woodhouse (1910), a hyperlinked version

DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation), the world's second largest computer company before its demise in 1998, where I worked 1979 to 1998.

Grace Sherwood, Virginia Witch

Mercy Otis Warren


World War II

Robert Greene

General Johnny Burogoyne  privacy statement