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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.
Some personal thoughts on the passing of Dave Bald Eagle
There are people you meet in life — and they are not many — who have an air of trueRead more.
Audio of Letters to My Son — a wonderful moment
Now here’s one of the true joys of the writing life, and one of my proudest quiet moments. The audioRead more.
Another review of the film of Neither Wolf nor Dog. . .
I just received this in my in-box. Being compared to Easy Rider is no small compliment. I think this littleRead more.
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 BookRead more.
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 toRead more.
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.” Read more.
“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 theRead more.
A little help needed. . .
Over the years many of you have asked, “What ever happened to A Haunting Reverence? It was my favorite bookRead more.
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 ofRead more.
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 wereRead more.
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 unfoldingRead more.
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,Read more.
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 toRead more.
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. SheRead more.
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 inRead more.
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 withRead more.
I hate guns
Okay. I have nothing to lose, so I’m going to go all the way out to the edge on thisRead more.
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 onRead more.
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 bookRead more.
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 upcomingRead more.