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As you can see, I have almost completely given up blogging. The reason is simple: I loved blogging so much that I almost stopped working on my books, because books require long patience, private discipline, and a willingness to operate in great imaginative spaces. Blogging, on the other hand, is immediate, addictive, and intoxicating. It’s a contact sport. The way I practiced it was almost more essay and commentary than traditional blogging, and I think I was very good at it.
I have put the old archives up because they show my thinking at its most unmediated. They also show me responding to events in the world and my life – Katrina, the political events of the last decade, the untimely death of a dog, my writing, and a host of lesser and greater issues. They are a documenting of the times.
Read a few. See how they strike you. Perhaps you will find yourself among those readers who wish I would give up writing books and go back to blogging. Perhaps you will be among those who are relieved that I don’t.
Either way, thanks for engaging in this bit of literary spelunking.
A Writing Seminar
As you know, I am not a promoter, and I don’t believe everything is for everyone, and I don’t evenRead more.
The Fist in the Velvet Glove — my friend Larry Long shows us how to rage against the machine
One of the chapters in my most recent book, Dancing with the Gods, was called “The Fist in the VelvetRead more.
A conversation about my book, Dancing with the Gods: Reflections on Life and Art
Books come into the world in different ways. Some come in announcing themselves and beating a drum, others enter theRead more.
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS — AN UPDATE AND CLARIFICATION
Thank you all for your warm and hopeful responses to my last post about a speaking engagement I have atRead more.
A Showing of Neither Wolf nor Dog and some thoughts about arranging public appearances
I will be at the Curry County Library in Gold Beach, Oregon, on Thursday, January 31, to introduce and doRead more.
Update and attempt to tame an out of control website
Hello everyone, You received a post from me today that had some old postings and some odd web formatting. MyRead more.
An upcoming reading and presentation: South Dakota Festival of Books, Sept 22nd
I will be reading from my new book, Dancing with the Gods: Reflections on Life and Art, at the SouthRead more.
Your Help Needed. It is time for this Sculpture to find a home.
“We are not apart from nature. We are a part of nature.” As a writer, you have heard me sayRead more.
Sample chapter from Dancing with the Gods — The Slamming Door: The Pain and Challenge of RejectionRead more.
Dancing with the Gods: The book I wrote for those of you who dream of a life in the arts
Do you wonder who you are as an artist? Do you wonder if you can make it? What is itRead more.
I wanted to stay out of political discourse, but these are dangerous times…
TRUMP IS THE AMERICAN MORAL PETRI DISH FROM HELL I’ve been traveling a bit lately, and I see how defeatedRead more.
A beautiful photo that I just want to share
This showed up on my facebook page today. I thought I would share it with you, partly because it isRead more.
An interview about “The Girl who Sang to the Buffalo” that I had completely forgotten
I came across this interview the other day and thought, “Damn, I like this. I was pretty much on myRead more.
Robert Plant, Rick Rubin, and other Upcoming and Recent Events
Folks often express frustration that I don’t publicize my appearances and readings more. It’s just not in my nature orRead more.
Early peek at my new book, Dancing with the Gods: Reflections on Life and Art
My new book, Dancing with the Gods: Reflections on Life and Art, will be released by the British publisher, Canongate,Read more.
Basketball, elders, young people, and guns
I am currently in Juneau, Alaska, watching four days of intense basketball competition between teams from small, isolated communities inRead more.
A deeply thoughtful assessment of Native Echoes: Listening to the Spirit of the Land
David Crumm, the long time editor of Read the Spirit and one of America’s most respected observers of American ReligionRead more.
Supporting Mrs. Brown in her new role as a shooter/teacher
Dear Mrs. Brown, I’m pleased to see that Mr. Trump and the NRA have finally decided to take the longRead more.
Thoughts about Voices in the Stones?
I just received a request from woman in a community that is using Voices in the Stones as its communityRead more.
Good people, dead kids, and guns
We are better than this. We are better than a war between dead children and the constitution. We are betterRead more.