Welcome to Don Rothman’s website! You’ll find short reflective essays here on subjects about which I am curious. These include Shakespeare, photography, teaching literacy to enhance democracy, what I have learned from several serious surgeries, and a desire to explore non-violent ways to sustain disagreement, especially through writing. If you find something that interests you here, I’m likely to value your response, so please write back.
If you have a particular interest in writing and photography, you may enjoy my book, ONE WAY OF SEEING Photographs and Essays During a Time of Reflection 2010, available at BLURB.com and Bookshop Santa Cruz.
I have also published LOOKING FOR BETHLEHEM (also available at BLURB.com and Bookshop Santa Cruz) a collection of evocative photos of the defunct Bethlehem Steel Mill in Pennsylvania with an introductory essay and an afterword in the form a letter to my father, who spent his life in the iron and steel industry.
If you are curious about how the teaching of writing can enhance democracy, you may want to look at my short book, also on BLURB.com, HOW TO TEACH WRITING…and WHY. It codifies some guiding principles from 40 years of teaching writing, and it contains photographs of some unusual literacy artifacts from my collection.