Friday, September 23, 2016

Short Story

When I saw him, he looked bigger, fatter than the previous times we'd hung out, though he was at least much more joyful than that skinny kid I knew could run a 2 mile in 10:40 flat. 

His personality had changed: no, not the joyous part, but an annoying righteousness had grown upon him that I never thought him capable of. It was after talking to him that I changed my whole perspective of him. It wasn't merely that he was fatter and that he was possibly damaging his cardiovascular health. it wasn't even a matter of too much food.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Patreon & a New Place for More Stories

I'm trying out a few new places to expand my writing. The first is the PATREON account where I'll have stories I don't normally share elsewhere. I do hope to see you there and give me as much feedback as possible. The point will be to see if this new canvas provides much that is new.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

New Audiobook out!

Oh my, I think I forgot to mention that there is (finally, and thanks to Troy Cunningham for his hard work!!) the Struggle Trilogy Audiobook finally up. [1] A solid book, you should read it, and barring that, at least get the audiobook so you can listen whilst doing chores and such. Below are a handful of the reviews this book received. Not to be missed, like I said (and at least it seems to have been prescient in many ways). Here are the reviews:


Sunday, September 18, 2016

On The Batman Series

Rare to find an interesting movie review these days (such as this one). With as many reviews that are out there, this is sad to say the least. Nevertheless, it brought me back to the idea of Batman as the Jesus/savior of Gotham in that series. I had never thought of it like that. Indeed, the entire thing seems to circle around the idea of Batman sacrificing himself for the worthless people who don't appreciate him. 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

'Sabra And Shatila Massacre', Dia al-Azzawi, Ink and wax crayon on paper mounted on canvas, 1982–3

Rare to find a piece of art so shocking and haunting at the same time. Well, here it is. Take it in.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Death & Taxes & Bars

It's a funny thing that we're not supposed to talk much about death in this society about ours. Better to fear death, I suppose, and make much about avoiding it. Thus, when I stumbled upon a bar here in downtown Spokane, I found myself in something akin to another world. It was down an alley that smelled like dogs and bubblegum, with a cat perched on a window sill beneath a "Nona" sign. The logo under the Nona text, a Sumerian coin, intrigued me enough to open the door under the gaze of the suspicious cat. 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

50,000!

Welp, it ain't all that much. Not in this viral social media world, but the blog has reached 50,000 page views! Thanks to all for reading.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Another Post Over at the Mantle

A quick post here. Over at The Mantle I have a piece on the border between fiction and non-fiction. It took me quite a while to write it and it was mainly because the idea itself was barely afloat in the detritus of the writing I was churning out in realtime. I think I've talked about this, how the influence of Borges might have been too much over the past few years and how I still think that the border between fiction and nonfiction, damn near impossible to define, is still something of great importance to me and my writing.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Family Spells & Writing

"Any writer, I suppose, feels that the world into which he was born is nothing less than a conspiracy against the cultivation of his talent... On the other hand, it is only because the world looks on his talent with such frightening indifference that the artist is compelled to make his talent important."—James Baldwin.

Essay: against New York

Back in New York City my initial love for all that it stands for (stood for) seems to have wholly evaporated. Even here in a bookstore cafe, I remain completely unimpressed not with the surface diversity and the ambience—or lack thereof. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Short Story Found

I'm not sure what one would call it, but recently—during my more and more frequent visits to the library—I've been finding random pieces of paper in books rarely checked out. Though most are little more than just that, I've had the luck to find stories written down. Beautiful  stories, mind you, ones that mean something. I've tried to trace down who's doing this, even asked Algo, but to no avail. 

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Back from the Cascades


Well, I'm back from a trip out backpacking in the Cascades. Just in time to get work done for Labor Day. Ah, the times we live in, they are indeed troubling. The trip was nothing short of amazing, with two passes and vistas fit for a king, or the .01%.


Saturday, September 3, 2016

Of Friends & Humanity

I have a friend whom I consider to be one of the more humane people I know. Known him since childhood and even though we've been thousands of miles apart for years, one phone call and we're back again to those days when we sat and simply discussed the world and our plans for it.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Something Still in the Air

There seems to be a rising chorus of people, on the left and right, who know that the current  system is out of wack, that the emperor has no clothes, that the power structure has no vialbility, no real moral authority and must thus fall.

Monday, August 22, 2016

More on Trump et al

I've written more about this election than previous ones but perhaps that's because of what's going on. My main point was that the Trumps and the Clintons are not what they seem and it would be best if we don't heed the call to bend the knee for one side or another (which usually means some odd fetish for no criticisms at all).

Well, sometimes others say it better than I. One of my reservations, besides Hillary's turn to the right (which seemed all too natural), was how the people on the right against Trump either viewed him as a liberal or were joker neocons who had no right to call Trump unfit for Presidency. In fact that latter reaction makes the deep state more suspect than ever. [1] For more I highly recommend this post by those over at nakedcapitalism. It's a solid review of the need to be careful since those who are on the right and who don't like Trump are not necessarily our friend. One also

[1] Not that I'm some tin foil, I just mean those who seem to swim beneath the surface of almost every administration (Hayden et al).

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Seymour Hersh

Seymour Hersh is a journalist who has more than earned his place among the greatest in his field. However, the recent mainstream reaction to the likes of Hersh has been revealing. The main point of contention was his story about the killing of Osama bin Laden. The reaction against him was loud and impressive. [1] Few people in the media bothered to look at themselves and ask why they hadn't even asked questions about the official story (left or right wingers). Didn't it seem odd that the story was changing? Didn't it seem odd that the body was "buried at sea"? 

Shakespeare


Update: One should read the essay first.  Here, there's a great piece on the Tudor myth that is Richard III and some other points. Good backstory.

I just finished watching Richard III, an impeccable performance by Montana Shakespeare in the Park here in Spokane. It was a beautiful evening and I find that such a performance only enhances the word play and other subtleties in Shakespeare's work.