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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.
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 justRead more.
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 appearanceRead more.
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 perhapsRead more.
NEITHER WOLF NOR DOG FILM — From book to movie, a long, strange trip. Entry One: the author and the
A filmmaker has a difficult job when converting a book to a film. He or she was drawn to theRead more.
The Wolf at Twilight — the overlooked middle child of the “Dan” trilogy
I just want to say a kind word about The Wolf at Twilight. It is less well-known and less frequentlyRead more.
The Film of Neither Wolf nor Dog is shaking the tin cup
Some of you may have seen that Steven Simpson, the director of the film version of Neither Wolf nor Dog,Read more.
Neither Wolf nor Dog chosen for 2015 Common Book at University of Minnesota
I have just been informed that Neither Wolf nor Dog has been selected as the 2015 Common Book for incomingRead more.
New England gigs? A flare into the night. . .
Hello all, I will be doing a short residency in the Boston area sometime in the last week of AprilRead more.
The Season turns. . .
This has been sitting in my “draft” box for awhile. Since I haven’t written much to you of late,Read more.
A few thoughts on the cast and characters of the film version of Neither Wolf nor Dog
For those of you who love the book Neither Wolf nor Dog and wonder how the film will compare, IRead more.
A film update, a good public event, and a PBS profile
FILM UPDATE Unfortunately, there is little to report on the subject of the film of Neither Wolf nor Dog, asRead more.
Dispatches from the film site and beyond
Today was the day we went to shoot at Wounded Knee. There Is something at Wounded Knee, and about PineRead more.
Speaking in Minnesota in October
Hello all, After a short run out to Pine Ridge to peer in on the filming of Neither Wolf norRead more.
Neither Wolf nor Dog film clattering, Joadlike, down the road to production
Well, this is going to be something to see. Filming starts in a week or so in South Dakota. LetRead more.
A wretched but necessary excess
I hate to do this, but circumstances leave me no choice: I need to talk about Christmas and holiday gifts.Read more.
“The rest of the story” — How the film of Neither Wolf nor Dog came to be
And so it is that we move to the conclusion of our story, which is really just a beginning. IRead more.
The story continues: How the film of Neither Wolf nor Dog came to be.
So I’m on the Pine Ridge reservation for reasons I don’t remember. To visit friends? Traveling through? It doesn’t matter. Read more.
How the film of Neither Wolf nor Dog came to be — part one
It began almost 20 years ago when a Hollywood director had his assistant call me from a film location inRead more.
The film of Neither Wolf nor Dog needs you
I am not much for begging, and that is how this seems. But you must know that this is theRead more.