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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.

Early Alert: A showing of the film of Neither Wolf nor Dog
We are still ironing out the details, but I have made arrangements with the South Dakota Festival of the Book
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At long last, the film of Neither Wolf nor Dog
Not much to say here, except to reprint my facebook post: The film of Neither Wolf nor Dog premiered to
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Vote tally and a little Primer on Titles.
Well, folks, here it is:  45 votes for “Echoes of Forgotten Voices” and 75 votes for “Whispers of Forgotten Voices.” 
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“Echoes of Forgotten Voices” or “Whispers of Forgotten Voices” — the contest
The polls close at midnight on the voting between “Echoes of Forgotten Voices” and “Whispers of Forgotten Voices” as the
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A little help needed. . .
Over the years many of you have asked, “What ever happened to A Haunting Reverence?  It was my favorite book
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The editorial no newspaper would publish
As the Washington Post puts out its utterly bizarre, incomprehensible, and shamelessly self serving poll saying that 9 out of
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Long Overdue posting of Inmate responses to my letter to them
Back in February I posted a letter I wrote to the inmates of a South Dakota women’s prison who were
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An important but hidden story that needs to be heard
Amid all the political news filling the airwaves and print pages, a tragic and little known story has been unfolding
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An Event Well Worth Attending
Larry Long and I will be doing a unique concert/reading at the Carondelet Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Friday,
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An interesting series of responses, well worth your time.
I recently posted a letter I wrote to the inmates in a woman’s prison in South Dakota in response to
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Letter to inmates at a South Dakota women’s prison.
I recently received an email from a woman who runs a book club at a South Dakota women’s prison.  She
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Thoughts on a winter day in Portland
Snow in Portland, a strange and wondrous thing. I have been two years in a city now after 25 in
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An interesting exchange about Thanksgiving
I just received an interesting email from a man with whom I’ve done some corresponding.  It has to do with
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I hate guns
Okay. I have nothing to lose, so I’m going to go all the way out to the edge on this
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Speaking engagement in Deadwood, South Dakota
For anyone who is in the area, I will be speaking at the South Dakota Festival of the Book on
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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
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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
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Chief Joseph makes the New York Times ebook list
I don’t know how it happened, especially at this distance in time from the date of publication. But I just
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NEITHER WOLF NOR DOG, the film, entry three. The curious metamorphosis of Grover
Ah, yes, Grover. What an interesting transformation he has undergone. In writing Neither Wolf nor Dog, I changed Grover’s appearance
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NEITHER WOLF NOR DOG FILM, Entry Two — “Playing Kent”: The Challenge for Chris Sweeney
Chris Sweeney is the actor who plays me in the film version of Neither Wolf nor Dog. He had perhaps
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7 thoughts on “Posts | Archives

  1. I think I’m going to watch NEITHER WOLF NOR DOG yet again, today. I haven’t seen it in a while. Just like an old fine wine, your books and movie is always worth spending more time with. I like to think of your books as ‘comfort books’…. they always bring me comfort.

  2. Your books bring connection to things too often forgotten, things from my past lives, things from memories that had been living in my subconscious for too long. Not necessarily easy, but essential. They explain my reaction to current events, strong reactions to horrible things too often done in the name of organized religion, all necessary to recall. You have a marvelous way of introducing or reintroducing us to things which should not be forgotten in the world we live in today. A word in which the dominate culture would eliminate the history of how it got where it is today, and the horrible cost to cultures which lived with, as part of, the rest of life. Not perfect, but in my opinion, far closer than what we live in today. Your writings give great hope that we may yet return to our place as part of, not destroying. Bless you for all of that!

  3. Thank you, my friend. I appreciate the kind words. Most people I know just try to be kind and helpful by such lights as they possess. I just happen to have a larger platform from which to speak, and I try to use it to speak from my best self. Enjoy your day.

  4. I just wish to thank you for being so kind to the elderly lady when driving for a Taxi Company in New York! She was on her way to a hospice however, you had no idea! You had patience and never charged her a fare! I know you must recall and each time it comes up in my memories I share it again with folks on Facebook! I was just going through the comments and clicked on one with an address to reach your blog! I hope this finds it way to you! I am glad to hear it is a true story and thank you for your kindness in such a time when so much evil is happening it’s so beautiful to read their are still good people out there like you! God bless ANNIE Gagnon

  5. Thank you for the kind note. You must have read a pirated version, as the actual event took place in Minneapolis. The story is recounted in full in my book, Make Me an Instrument of your Peace: Living in the spirit of the Prayer of St. Francis. If you are interested, you can order a signed copy from wolfnordog.com. I think you might enjoy some of the other stories in there, as well.

  6. I just finished Neither Wolf Nor Dog again, and will reread the others next. I have read many good, even excellent books in my life, with First People related in the majority, and these three magnificent books are the best without a doubt. They speak to my soul, and emotions go from joy, sadness, despair, and deepest shame for what we have done. I doubt any other humans would or could have survived us. Thank you for being you!!

  7. We as a nation need to acknowledge what we have done and to learn from both our mistakes and the insights of those whose lives we devastated in our march across the continent. It is late, but not too late. We all need to do our part in whatever way we can.

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