Monthly Archives: November 2003

Joseph update and excerpt

Just a little update for a few of you who have asked. The book on Chief Joseph is coming along. My editor and I have had a bit of a time of it. He has wanted me to write a book for the New York Times crowd; I’ve wanted to write a book that shows the native people that I have a sensitivity to the issues that so infuriate them about white authors. These are two very different visions. I […]

A writer’s voice

When I was in high school I remember coming across a quote by Walt Whitman. The quote, as best I remember it, went something like this: “Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself. I am large, I contain multitudes.” That quote fascinated me when I first heard it, and it fascinates me still, because it put a positive cast on one of the strange, little noticed occupational hazards of writers and other creators. If you would truly […]