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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 fascinating exchange regarding Neither Wolf nor Dog
I thought you all might like to see an exchange I just had with a reader regarding Neither Wolf norRead more.
America’s fault line
Two stories from the blackout: A store owner in Detroit set up barbecue grills and spent the day grilling allRead more.
No anecdotes or homilies tonight. Just some random thoughts. If there is a challenge before us during these times, itRead more.
A small gesture
I’m in one of those delightful and all-too-infrequent author moments when I’m inside the work and being carried along byRead more.
HS students & Letters to My Son
A while back I received a selection of letters written by high school students as a response to their readingRead more.
Last evening we had some friends over — a couple who teach history at the local university, and a manRead more.
“Something’s happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear.”
I just returned from the local clinic — some routine bloodwork. As I drove in our driveway I saw myRead more.
I’m stunned, humbled, and astonished by the response I’ve gotten to this new website format. It probably helps that I’mRead more.
The other day I received two very different notes from readers. One, a kind and thoughtful touch from a manRead more.
A sobering reminder
I spent Saturday and part of Sunday on a vigil at the bedside of a friend who was severely injuredRead more.
In the strange, fleeting way that is northern Minnesota, the first hints of fall are already in the air. ThisRead more.
Hello everybody, I’ve been struggling toward cyber literacy so I can actually keep some measure of communication with you all.Read more.
We are in the middle of revamping the web site. As you can see, we’ve added a weblog to theRead more.