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Daniel Hecht


  • Harp guitars: I've been designing and building prototypes of an attachment that turns any guitar into a harp guitar, such as the those played by Michael Hedges, John Doan, and others.  It sounds marvelous, just needs a few more refinements.  For an excellent overview of the world of harp guitars and those who play them, the authoritative resource is

  • Elegant Sparks: My wife and I have been developing this book/graphic design concept during the last couple of years.  It's a book  containing paper sculptural forms that can be used as decorations, ornaments, and adornments for any occasion.  You can see them, and get a better idea of the project, at

    Recent Reading

  • The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker
  • The MaddAddam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood
  • Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Latham
  • Live by Night by Dennis Lehane
  • The Boilerplate Rhino by David Quammen
  • Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  • The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

​​"Former musician Daniel Hecht has brought a welcome artistry to his new field . . .  He is a writer for those who demand texture, intriguing information, and a provocative thesis along with their thrills."     -  Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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  • Hooray for Andrea Freeman on the publication of her book The Infinite Song, which she wrote and illustrated!

  • Congratulations also to Aaron Flanders on the release of his album of music for acoustic guitar (and other instruments), The Third Floor!

Bookshelf photo of Daniel Hecht's books by Stella Hovis.  For permission to use the cover images displayed on this site, I would like to thank Bloomsbury, Viking/Penguin, Signet/New American Library, Macmillan, Crown/Random House, Simon & Schuster UK./Pan, Blackstone Audio Books, Uitgeverij Luitingh-Sijthoff, Plaza y Janes Editores, Kustannusosakeyhtio Otava, Uitgave van Concentra Uitgeversmaatschappij, Circulo de Lectores, Editora Rocco Ltda., Wilhelm Goldmann Verlag, Arnoldo Mondator Editores, G.K. Hall & Co., Presses de la Cite.