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The Sorrows of the Digital World:  An Expanding Bibliography for a Brave New World

The Sorrows of the Digital World: An Expanding Bibliography for a Brave New World

  Yes, the sorrows of the digital world indeed. Mommy on the cell phone while walking with her baby daughter in the park on a beautiful morning, the guy driving seventy-five texting and staring at his lap.  Generals and Billionaires running the show on Twitter….

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American Demagogue:  The How and Why of Donald Trump

American Demagogue: The How and Why of Donald Trump

American Demagogue: The Why and How of Donald J. Trump Books discussed in this essay: The Revolt of the Elites and the Betrayal of Democracy by Christopher Lasch, (W.W. Norton and Company, New York) (1995) Listen, Liberal or Whatever Happened to the Party of the…

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Michael Herr Dies on June 23, 2016:  News from the War

Michael Herr Dies on June 23, 2016: News from the War

Michael Herr died last June 23, 2016, a sad day.  Herr’s book “Dispatches” was the only true news from the war I remember.  I was subject to the draft during the War, fought not in Vietnam but in the streets of the United States, and…

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Perspectives:  Tyranny and American Populism

Perspectives: Tyranny and American Populism

I am happy to announce a new feature on my website. “Perspectives” will bring to my blogs features that interest me from current news, literature, art, social science, philosophy and other topics that catch my eye. These days, political campaigns feature big money, television, questionable…

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Happy to Announce New Literary Representation:  The Virginia Kidd Agency

Happy to Announce New Literary Representation: The Virginia Kidd Agency

I am happy to announce that I have just contracted with Mr. William Reeve of the Virginia Kidd Agency to represent my work. I look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with this long-established and well-respected literary agency and am particularly pleased to be…

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What is a novelist to do?  From David Shields:  Reality Hunger: A Manifesto

What is a novelist to do? From David Shields: Reality Hunger: A Manifesto

The American writer has his hands full, trying to understand and describe and then make credible much of American reality.   It stupefies, it sickens, it infuriates, and finally it is even a kind of embarrassment to one’s own meager imagination. The actuality is continually outdoing…

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Remembering James Salter

Remembering James Salter

There is something greater than the life of the cities, greater than money or possessions; there is a manhood that can never be taken away. For this, one gives everything James Salter:  “Solo Faces” Not at first, and not until you accept that you are…

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Pain (2) by Jim Harrison

Pain (2) by Jim Harrison

  We don’t have to let go of Jim Harrison.  His poetry remains.  But Jim, my companion over many years, you said it well.   Pain (2) by Jim Harrison   Pain is at the steering wheel swerving left and right for a year now….

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Bridge by Jim Harrison

Bridge by Jim Harrison

Im still lamenting the death of Jim Harrison.  Here’s my favorite poem of his.  It could easily be a testament.  Losing him was like losing a brother.   Bridge by Jim Harrison   Most of my life was spent building a bridge out over the…

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Jim Harrison’s Last Fiction:  “The Ancient Minstrel: Novellas”

Jim Harrison’s Last Fiction: “The Ancient Minstrel: Novellas”

  On Saturday, March 26 Jim Harrison died at his cabin near Patagonia, Arizona.  He’d been ill and his wife of many years had died the previous October.  His loss is grievous one.  I’ll miss his books and I’ll miss his wisdom in my life….

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