Assorted Works

Trump at Bat

In one very real sense, Donald Trump’s inauguration this week represents a success story. We had eight years of a black president who didn’t get assassinated. Some people might think that is morbid. And some people might think that’s a very low bar for success. Some might even give the Secret Service all of the credit for keeping Obama upright. But taking into consideration all of the scandals and security

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Of Tribes, Truth, Nostalgia, and Devolution

“To love truth for truth’s sake is the principal part of human perfection in this world, and the seed-plot of all other virtues.”   Locke “The vulgar crowd always is taken by appearances, and the world consists chiefly of the vulgar.” Machiavelli I am certain that I am not the only writer who is having difficulty summoning the creative muses in today’s politically supercharged climate. Their wings are too small, too

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Southern in Spirit

Today, I received a rejection email telling me one of my stories set in Alabama wasn’t “Southern enough in spirit.” Immediately, three thoughts occurred to me: One, I had no idea I needed to write like a Southerner—whatever that means—two, I wasn’t trying to write like a Southerner, and three, I’ve never tried to write like a Southerner. It didn’t help, of course, that I heard the magazine’s rejection in

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