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Franz Kafka: God’s Thoughts

We are nihilistic thoughts that come into God’s head.   Kafka Letter to Max Brod     [ problems with viagra | cialis low price | viagra usage | alternative to viagra | female viagra alternative | viagra indigestion as a side effect | discount…

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Franz Kafka: The Filthy Brood

I’ve spent all afternoon out in the streets, bathing in Jew hatred. Prasivo plemeno—filthy brood—is what I heard them call the Jews. Isn’t it only natural to leave a place where one is so bitterly hated? The heroism involved in staying put in spite of…

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Franz Kafka: Building the Pyramids

        I could have built the Pyramids with the effort it takes me to cling on to life and reason.   Franz Kafka Letter to Felice Bauer April 13, 1913   [ cialis trazodone | female viagra | pfizer viagra cheap |…

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Facing the Blank Page: Getting a Start in Crime Fiction

During the early and mid-1980’s I was an attorney in private practice. Little by little I gravitated towards criminal law, which seemed to offer more glamorous and action-packed opportunities than the old grind-it-out prospects of business law, divorce or, worse yet, real estate. My clients…

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Wichita Kansas Big Read: Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon!

I’ve been named Chairman of the Wichita, Kansas Big Read.  Here’s a lecture I prepared about Dashiell Hammett and American Crime Fiction.   In 1929 Samuel Dashiell Hammett was thirty-five years old, tubercular to the point that he was often racked by coughing spells brought…

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Jack’s Boy: An Alcoholic Childhood Now Available as an E-Book.

Jack’s Boy was a difficult book to write and when I was finished with the first draft I could barely stand to revise it.  I only hope that a kid somewhere will read it and realize he or she isn’t alone; or, that a parent might…

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The Moon When Water Freezes Now Available in E-Book Form!!!

I am pleased and happy that The Moon When Water Freezes is now available to young readers as an e-book.  I think the novel could appeal to readers of all ages, however.  Many of the people and events relate to people and events that I’ve…

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Charles Bowden

I got the lousy news on NPR that Charles Bowden died in his sleep on August 30, 2014.  I loved his books.  I loved in particular Blue Desert, the first book of his I read.  I liked hearing that he was rambling alone on foot…

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Franz Kafka: The Thing about Books

  A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.   Franz Kafka   You know, I’ve often wondered whether Kafka meant the books he read or the books he wrote.  For most of us it is the books we read.  But for…

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William S. Burroughs and Me

Every college kid my age read and was influenced by Beat literature in the 60’s.  After all, it was Lawrence, Kansas and everybody opposed the war in Vietnam, everybody smoked dope, and everybody was having a good time.  I came across “Naked Lunch” in a…

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