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Chapter 1–The Mural

The mural had become a part of the background noise. Elementary schools nearly always have murals, and this one was no different. Oak Valley Elementary School’s mural was a known quantity–an accepted part of the historical record. Painted in the … Continue reading

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Whoa. Seven chapters in already? Must be a stroke.

I’ve spent considerable time on this blog, not only writing a fulsome, scurvy heap of odd things, like this long-form essay about Billy Squier’s meteoric fall from musical grace, and use it basically try to foment discord, distrust, and division … Continue reading

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A few of you might remember–I was intending to write a book

I have had basically three books in me that I’ve wanted to write: 1. One of them involves the Founding Fathers. 2. One of them involves blues legend Robert Johnson. 3. One of them involves a ragamuffin band of childhood … Continue reading

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Strange Stories Amazing Facts, and how Reader’s Digest is an American Treasure

I’ll never forget the time my dad got this book in the mail.  He handed it to me when I was a kid and said, “you’ll like all the interesting stuff in here.” He was right.  I actually never did … Continue reading

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In which I borrow from my own, 2006 Book Review of David Shenk’s “The Immortal Game”

Note:  Apparently this review (which in and of itself is FOURTEEN years old)–has been sitting as a draft in my blog-post hopper.  I have a tendency to think my Amazon reviews are wasted if all they do is languish there … Continue reading

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The Lincoln Conspiracy–an unfinished review

Thus far I’m halfway through what has turned out to be a psycho-therapeutic pit stop.  Being that the current state of the world is one of unmitigated anger, listless calls for some undefined goal of “justice,” the burning of infrastructure, … Continue reading

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Some days

 I love my Nook. 

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Book Review: Necronomicon: time to work out those “perfect circle” muscles

I just got done reading Simon’s Necronomicon. It’s a pretty neat book, but I want to warn the reader. This is not for the faint of heart.  And I want to give a stern warning now: If you are not in … Continue reading

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Guest post: book reviews gone awry

I really want to say how much I like William Golding’s Lord of The Flies.  It’s a super neat book with lots of twists and turns, for the intellectual like me. For those that may not grasp the scope of … Continue reading

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If you thought I was going to leave the Kanye West “Bible” subject alone, then you might also believe Tupac is at my house.

I have no idea why, over the years, I have this reflexive need to mention Kanye West.  But I do. I’ve mentioned him in ways that were in many levels—prescient—meaning “having my thumb on the pulse of a trend so … Continue reading

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