Monthly Archives: August 2015

William Vollmann’s “The Dying Grass” and my book on Chief Joseph

I am not good at self-promotion — perhaps the greatest affliction a contemporary author can possess. To me, the book is the thing, not the person who wrote it.  Far better to be the man behind the curtain than the prancing duke and dauphin, but the world is what it is. Having said that, I want to put in a word for my book, Chief Joseph and the Flight of the Nez Perce.  I am doing this because a gigantic […]

Neither Wolf nor Dog, the film, entry four: Dave Bald Eagle inhabits Dan

Let’s get something out of the way at the outset: Dave Bald Eagle, who plays Dan in Steven Simpson’s upcoming film of Neither Wolf nor Dog, is 95 years old. That, in itself, is amazing. But that is not what is amazing about his performance. What is truly amazing is how Dave inhabits Dan, and Dan inhabits him. In a way that is hard to explain, he and Dan become one. It is something the likes of which I have […]