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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.
I have a spate of speaking engagements coming up this summer and fall. Here is a starter list. I'd love
Earlier this year, on the cusp between winter and spring, I found myself in my old home stomping grounds of
Immediately after the tragic fire at the Cathedral of Notre Dame I asked folks on Facebook to tell how it
I'm pleased to announce that a 25th Anniversary Edition of Neither Wolf nor Dog, with a new foreword by my
Yesterday I received a note from a woman who had just read Dancing with the Gods. Not only did she
FROM MARC ALLEN, Publisher of New World Library: I’m really looking forward to our teleseminar that begins February 28 on
Here is the latest update from the South Dakota Humanities Commission. I'll be criss-crossing that wonderful state during the
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As you know, I am not a promoter, and I don’t believe everything is for everyone, and I don’t even
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Thank you all for your warm and hopeful responses to my last post about a speaking engagement I have at
I will be at the Curry County Library in Gold Beach, Oregon, on Thursday, January 31, to introduce and do
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I will be reading from my new book, Dancing with the Gods: Reflections on Life and Art, at the South
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