Creating a blog and a mailing list of those who’ve expressed an interest in my work gives me a chance to begin communicating some of my thoughts and writings to people I consider friends. These blog entries will be from both present writing and from the recent past, when I have been writing mostly short essays, stories and poetry.
Just as my nine books offer no consistency of style or subject, so too my blog entries will vary greatly in tone, subject, and style. There will be political satire, playful zen thoughts, poetry, short stories, parables, deep philosophical musings (let’s hope these are kept to a minimum), and some brief autobiographical sketches. Just as with the weather in some places, if you don’t like what you’re experiencing now with the blog, just wait a while–a different wind will be blowing quite soon.
One trouble with wives is that they have ideas of their own. My wife Ann has insisted for fifty years on having ideas of her own. So inconvenient. One idea she pushed for the last fifteen years is that I write an autobiography. Fortunately, I have ideas of my … Continue reading
One of the basic proverbs of THE DICE MAN, one that offends many people, is “This Truth above all: fake it.” Yet, used appropriately, pretending, faking it, lying, dishonesty: all of these have value. I was reminded of this when my friends Kathy Zant and Mark Ryan introduced me … Continue reading
THE DICE MAN is a novel that in most all possible universes would never have been finished and never published. But Chance, ever busy, created a series of accidents in 1969-70 in Deia, Mallorca, that allowed a 222 page manuscript written over four years by an un-ambitious, unpublished 37-year-old … Continue reading
GENERAL BOOM DREAMS (Exerpt from Chapter 15 of JESUS INVADES GEORGE)
In 2008 General Boom had had enough of serving in Iraq. He had never read about a war in which the more enemies you killed the more grew to take their places. As far as his intelligence people could tell for every Iraqi his men killed or threw into one of our prisons, we created three new people who wanted to shoot us or blow us up. One bright guy from Harvard had figured that at the rate we were going, in fifteen years we would have the entire world shooting at us. He even showed graphs to prove it.
One part of General Boom said to himself “Bring ‘em on!”, but another part felt that having the whole world going after us might not be a good idea. Especially since they would all certainly cheat. They wouldn’t join an army or wear a uniform or fire missiles at us or drive tanks we could blow up, or have nuclear submarines we could sink, or planes we could shoot down, or headquarters we could bomb into oblivion.
Instead they would all dress up just like the people who didn’t hate us so we wouldn’t know whether they were good guys or bad guys and thus to be on the safe side we’d have to kill them all. Continue reading