Monthly Archives: April 2015

Outrage

There seems to be a lot of outrage going around. Cops are shooting people—mostly Black people—and getting away with it, which leads to outraged folks—mostly Black people, too—pouring into the streets and sometimes rioting and putting police cars, liquor stores … Continue reading

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Dani’s Camino

My friend Dani is going for a 500-mile walk. She’s leaving tonight but I suspect from her recent demeanor that she’s already been gone for a while. That’s generally what happens when you’re off on a grand adventure. You actually … Continue reading

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Big Sean vs Marcel Duchamp

Mired in Northern Virginia traffic, a good spring day and car windows are rolled down. I am idling next to a Toyota whose stereo system is blasting, “I ain’t f*cking with you, you little dumb ass bitch.” This is shouted … Continue reading

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Rookery Blues

Lately I’ve been rereading Rookery Blues, a wonderful book by the late Jon Hassler whose works often center on small-town life in Minnesota. Hassler was a careful writer of beautiful phrasing and lively dialogue. His characters were carefully drawn, and … Continue reading

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Reviews

I got the first negative review on my book Thirst, which was released last month. The reviewer really didn’t like it and found fault with the plot, the characters, the book’s setting, the action (or lack thereof) and even the … Continue reading

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Shameless Self-promotion

My first book was published about 40 years ago. I had written a story for the Washington Post Sunday magazine about bikers—motorcyclists—and Harper and Row contacted me. Would I like to do a book? I hadn’t considered writing books at … Continue reading

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Cancer Comments

“So, how’re you?” “Pretty good, actually. Had my last surgery—“ “I mean, how are you really?” “Well, actually, this last procedure was—-“ “Hey! Marcia! Howe are you, girl?” “—-sort of difficult, you kn—“ “You need anything, anything at all, you … Continue reading

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