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On 2001 after 50 years

When my work is on the table at a writers’ group meeting the first question I hear from young writers who still need to be propped up is the old shibboleth “Who’s your audience?” To this I say, if I’m … Continue reading

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The Doodah Man

Here lives half a person. The other half is visiting relatives at the half-people’s home for retired fragments. If some of them could club together he’d be pretty good company. After all, everyone has a few extra bits sticking out. … Continue reading

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Sunday February 11, 2018

Am here.

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The River Derwent

The River Derwent She’d heard the old mission had been restored recently, put back into place so to speak, its grubby old age wiped off like a fogged mirror Jake would say, and had come to see for herself. From … Continue reading

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Mr Ka’s treasure

Mr Ka’s Treasure Map In an old trunk in his attic Mr Ka found a large piece of heavy with mysterious writing on it. This must have been left behind by an earlier owner of this house, Mr Ka said … Continue reading

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13 Minds #2 Enlightenment

13 MINDS A BOTANY OF ANTI-INTELLECTUALISM Field notes and preliminary remarks by Charles Brownson 2 Enlightenment I was of three minds, Like a tree In which there are three blackbirds. Wallace Stevens: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird: II … Continue reading

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13 Minds

13 MINDS 1 No Mind Among twenty snowy mountains, The only moving thing Was the eye of the blackbird. Wallace Stevens: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird: I Nomind can most often be found growing along river beds and … Continue reading

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75 Books Your Book Club Probably Won’t Read

I published this list a few years ago, and as my ideas haven’t changed I thought I’d publish it again. 1. A Coat of Varnish C.P. Snow A detective story, but a rather odd one, lacking a detective, or rather … Continue reading

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Bullies

BULLYING: on the maddening popularity of Jane Austen novels or: Whether to Write Your Congressman Bear with me on this one. We’ll get there. If you believe that, then this is for you. A Jane Austen novel is driven by … Continue reading

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Rebirth of The Arrow

On the demise of the Ocotillo Arts Press its blog, The Arrow, is undergoing a remake. (The Press backlog will remain in print — follow the link in the sidebar.) I’ve archived most of the old posts, kept my favorites, … Continue reading

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