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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 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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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 the
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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 frequently
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Fatback, now a Corpulent Corgi
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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,
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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 incoming
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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 April
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The Season turns. . .
  This has been sitting in my “draft” box for awhile.  Since I haven’t written much to you of late,
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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, I
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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, as
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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 Pine
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Speaking in Minnesota in October
Hello all, After a short run out to Pine Ridge to peer in on the filming of Neither Wolf nor
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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. Let
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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.
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“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. I
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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. 
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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 in
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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 the
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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 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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