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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.
Over the years many of you have asked, "What ever happened to A Haunting Reverence? It was my favorite book
As the Washington Post puts out its utterly bizarre, incomprehensible, and shamelessly self serving poll saying that 9 out of
Back in February I posted a letter I wrote to the inmates of a South Dakota women's prison who were
Amid all the political news filling the airwaves and print pages, a tragic and little known story has been unfolding
Larry Long and I will be doing a unique concert/reading at the Carondelet Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Friday,
I recently posted a letter I wrote to the inmates in a woman's prison in South Dakota in response to
I recently received an email from a woman who runs a book club at a South Dakota women's prison. She
Snow in Portland, a strange and wondrous thing. I have been two years in a city now after 25 in
I just received an interesting email from a man with whom I've done some corresponding. It has to do with
Okay. I have nothing to lose, so I’m going to go all the way out to the edge on this
For anyone who is in the area, I will be speaking at the South Dakota Festival of the Book on
I am not good at self-promotion — perhaps the greatest affliction a contemporary author can possess. To me, the book
Let's get something out of the way at the outset: Dave Bald Eagle, who plays Dan in Steven Simpson's upcoming
I don't know how it happened, especially at this distance in time from the date of publication. But I just
Ah, yes, Grover. What an interesting transformation he has undergone. In writing Neither Wolf nor Dog, I changed Grover’s appearance
Chris Sweeney is the actor who plays me in the film version of Neither Wolf nor Dog. He had perhaps
A filmmaker has a difficult job when converting a book to a film. He or she was drawn to the
I just want to say a kind word about The Wolf at Twilight. It is less well-known and less frequently
[Note to the reader: the photo accompanying this blog is not of the Corgi. It is of my dog, Lucie,
Some of you may have seen that Steven Simpson, the director of the film version of Neither Wolf nor Dog,