Category Archives: Zen

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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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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Honest art

Two weeks ago I posted some remarks on “intellectual honesty in fiction” — I called it that because someone else called it that because someone else called it that. Accurate but pompous, as this topic often is. Anyway, the question was … Continue reading

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Writing the whole person

  Published January 8, 2014 The Figure of the Detective: A History and Analysis. →And from Ocotillo Arts, new printed and e-books ————————————————————————————- In my last post I reported what my friend Bill had to say on the question of … Continue reading

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Writing the lizard brain: a conversation

  Visit the Ocotillo Arts website The Figure of the Detective: A History and Analysis. →And from Ocotillo Arts, new printed and e-books ————————————————————————————- Some while ago I had a discussion with a woman I will call Libby. This took place on an … Continue reading

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The not knot

When you fall ill some things that were possible before are not possible any longer. Wellness nazis and feelgooders say that’s defeatist. Immoral, even. Is it? I said before that it’s more like polishing a wooden leg: it will be … Continue reading

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The wellness movement

For some years now we have had the idea that it would be better to prevent illness than to cure it. Relative use of scarce resources. Presumably this applies to death as well, since resurrection is so rare. The idea … Continue reading

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Apologizing for Raymond Sebond

The Sebond Project Over twenty years ago I began to be intemperate about Théophile Gautier’s mantra (from the prefatory essay to Mademoiselle de Maupin) “art for art’s sake”. This notion had, I thought, unwisely fallen out of fashion. It seemed … Continue reading

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Dicta

♠♠♠Eleven is a prime number. Here are eleven of them 1. Sin is an excuse to put off living until afterwards, when it’s safe. 2. Ignore the little man on your shoulder. Whispered advice is never any good. 3. You … Continue reading

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