From Aesop On…

Thanks to all for your time, talent and insights as we read and discussed great works of literature–ranging from the legendary Aesop to August Wilson. Special thanks to Aminata, who confirmed that indeed the tales of Aesop, whose name translated in ancient Greek as the Ethiopian, are alive and well in Senegal where her own grandmother told her the tale of the lion and lamb–as the hyena and the gazelle. As we discovered, Aesop’s fables placed the African oral tradition as the cornerstone of western fiction. (And of course, to those of you who read Piccolo: an Artist’s Tale thanks on behalf of my pup, Piccolo.)

If you ordered review copies of any of our Book Bogglers’ titles, they’re on the way. And for those of you who visited the Poe cottage in the Bronx, attended a reading or participated in any other literary events around the city or online, please be sure to share your comments!


  • Yogesh Rana

    What I really enjoyed most in this semester is that, the drama “Fences” by August Wilson. For me, It is a great art work by Wilson because it shows that how our parents(not every parents) protect from chasing the dream which we want in our life. This sounds rude for us,but it is true, cause they have more experiences of life than us. They know which is right and wrong way. And it is also clear that they take care and love us.

    • emerwin77


      Your perspective on the play is very interesting. As you explained, in Nepal sons are expected to follow the decisions made for them by their fathers. I appreciate you taking the time to explain that although you wanted to study business, your father chose computer engineering for you, and how it has worked out well for you.
      Thanks for your sharing your time and talent this semester, and I wish you continued success with your studies!

  • Carla De Leon

    Piccolo is an amazing book, wrote by one of the best Teachers I ever had. It is very entertaining and it makes you realize how naive people can be in the pursuit of their dreams… thank you for taking the time to teach us English Composition. I really enjoyed your class, and I hope i can keep learning from you Teacher!! And my question for Piccolo is did it ever cross his mind that he has been lied the whole time?

    • emerwin77

      Carla– thank so much for the compliment– but I’m the fortunate one working you and all the wonderful students at ASA. I so much admire your strength and courage in these difficult times, and have faith in your ongoing success– and yes, Piccolo does have his moment of truth!

  • Mayi Cruz

    Piccolo, it’s an incredible book, has an interesting content and was written to entertain the reader. Developed in an incredible city, Venice full of stories and pleasures. Piccolo invited me to travel without having to take a plane. Incredible from the beginning to the end. God Bless You teacher❤️

    • emerwin77

      Mayi, thank you kindly. Yes, that’s the beauty of literature–and the joy of reading it together. I also much enjoyed our class and wish you much health and happiness in your own life story!

  • Umme Sanjida Rahman

    In this semester this was the only course I enjoyed as I never felt like I am attending class. It was full of fun as we read stories, watched movies and video clips and discussed about that. ‘Fences” by August Wilson was really a good literature. I enjoyed it as it showed us the reality of human life. Another story was Piccolo. I was really astonished when I heard that Prof E. Ressler is the author . It’s real literature though the words are not so much acquainted with me I enjoyed your writing. Whatever, by the end of the semester I feel like I need to enjoy more literature in my life. definitely I will keep continuing read more literature. I like your saying, “Bring literature to life”.

  • Jacole Seymoure

    Piccolo is an amazing book, written by one of my favorite professor. I really enjoyed your class. My daughter read the book and she told me to tell you that she loved it and when so the next one come out. My question for Piccolo is does he ever figure out they been lying to him this whole time?

    • emerwin77

      And the dramatic scene you wrote with Faith was also amazing. I really enjoyed that this semester I had the chance to sit back and enjoy reading your creative writing. And thank you to your daughter for reading Piccolo– and I will be very happy to share an ARC (advance review copy) of Book 2 of his story when he returns to Venice with his Alfonso. (best to email me: w. address)
      And yes, by book 2 Piccolo is an older and wiser dog!


    I was astonded that my professor expands our mind you wrote comments on our assignments that were handed on time,and you actually understand what kind of writer I stand for.
    So piccolo an artist tale makes me learn another form of writing.
    Its brilliant.

    • emerwin77


      I much admire your strength– you have faced a lot of challenges here in New York City and continue to work and study to have a better life for you and your kids. It takes courage and great faith to make it, and you have both.
      Thanks for the kind words–Piccolo is also proud!

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