Monthly Archives: May 2017

What If Civil War Monuments Were Books?

There’s a deeply disturbing trend to remove Civil War monuments and to rename parks, schools, and streets whose subjects are no longer in favor. Librarians and scholars, on the other hand, celebrate banned books, publications so controversial in their time that … Continue reading

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What Is Literature? — Continued

<— Previous post on literature It might be said that literature aspires to something higher, art perhaps. Artistic merit. Perhaps. None of the reporting I’ve done, the blogs for trial lawyers that I write, none of the magazine articles I’ve ever … Continue reading

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What is Literature?

Literature, at first thought, explores the meaning beyond basic facts required by a story. Reportage demands the who, what, when, where, how, and why; literature demands the meaning behind them. Why, then, isn’t news analysis literature? Why isn’t any deeply researched opinion … Continue reading

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Approving Edits

My creative nonfiction essay entitled “Describing The Elephant” is moving toward publication. Temenos (internal link) will carry it in their Spring 2017 edition. I received a manuscript with suggested corrections and I approved all of them. This is no time … Continue reading

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Was Dylan a Beat Poet?

Bob Dylan hated being categorized and still does. He was many things at many times. In writing Subterranean Homesick Blues he was clearly a beat poet. Allen Ginsberg is in the background. Note how the flashcards don’t always match the lyrics. … Continue reading

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Howl, Ginsberg, and Kerouac

“Howl” is a long, difficult poem with as many references as “The Wasteland.” It journeys  throughout America and beyond, a poetical version of road books which followed, those written by Kerouac and others. I am only now starting to read “Howl.” Ginsberg … Continue reading

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Back From The California State Library

I’m back in Nevada, having returned from research at the California State Library in Sacramento. I scanned fifty or so Delaplane (internal link) columns in case I want to self publish an anthology or produce a different book proposal than the … Continue reading

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