“I had not been asked…

“I had not been asked why I write the way I do, but why I write at all; and to that question there is only one legitimate answer… “Because I’m good at it.”… Continue reading

“But above all stupendous inventions…

“But above all stupendous inventions, what eminence of mind was his who dreamed of finding means to communicate his deepest thoughts to any other person, no matter how far distant in place and… Continue reading

My Particular Brand of Crazy: Why I Hate Writing Fiction, But Do It Anyway

Trying to be a professional fiction writer is hard. People who’ve read older entries will know that this is a well-covered topic in this blog. I write about it a lot. Like, a… Continue reading

I’m baaaaack!

It’s been, I think, about three years since my last post. Three busy, productive, and difficult years. Looking back over the old entries of this blog, I marvel over how different I was… Continue reading


I’m looking at your signature and thinking how funny it is that all the letters run together, a tangle of loops and swirls and sharp points that would be illegible if I didn’t… Continue reading

F. Scott in Drag. Because Yes.

In honor of equal rights for our LGBTQ brothers and sisters (and everyone in between), here is a picture of the great writer F. Scott Fitzgerald in drag: Stand up for equality.

Leaving Ireland

He had the worst skin I’d ever seen, warty and black-spotted, pockmarked, red and purple-veined, the permanent damage of seventy-odd years of unwashed face and hard labor. But he was kind, which was… Continue reading

When inequality…

When inequality is combined with the uncritical celebration of self-indulgence that had pervaded American culture for the past few decades, the result is to erode social trust and increase status anxiety, with detrimental… Continue reading

The Twilight Zone — “Time Enough At Last”

An oldie, but a goodie. For those days when all you want to do is read, but the whole world conspires against you.

“If the last and worst…”

“If the last and worst act of the regime had come immediately after the first and smallest, thousands, yes, millions, would have been sufficiently shocked–if, let us say, the gassing of the Jews… Continue reading