Thoughts: Am I an American Writer?

Though born and raised in the United States, I recently found myself asking whether I'm an American writer. I concluded that, based on my approach to fiction and despite having been born here, I am absolutely not an American writer. American writers, with few exceptions, believe you need to get to the point. I'm not…

Thoughts: With Age Comes … Ignorance?

For me, wisdom does not seem to be growing hand-in-hand with age. Indeed, the opposite seems true: with every passing year, I seem to know less about the world--and my presumed place in it.

Thoughts …

The homunculi leave us nothing but a drab fixity suspended in the isinglass of a dude named Albert whose variety shop we visit out of habit. Every morning the package of peppermint gum, because we think we know what peppermint is and believe we enjoy its flavor. Every morning the local paper, because we might…

Off Topic: Hate and War

Hate and war - the only things we got today An' if I close my eyes They will not go away You have to deal with it It is the currency -"Hate and War," The Clash Hard to believe, but it's 35 years since The Clash penned this song about society playing out in microcosm…