Monthly Archives: April 2009

On Nathaniel Philbrick's "Mayflower" & Evan S. Connell's "Son of the Morning Star"

Nathaniel Philbrick is on a roll: Several years ago he won the National Book Award for In the Heart of the Sea (2000), about the wreck of the whaling ship Essex, which was staved in by a whale in the … Continue reading

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Review of Stephen Graham Jones' "The Fast Red Road," from the Vaults

I’m glad to see that my comments on Stephen Graham Jones’ Ledfeather have drawn much attention on the site, and next on my reading list is his (other) new novel, The Long Trial of Nolan Dugatti. (He also just told … Continue reading

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Bobcats & Turkeys, Dust Storms in the Snow

So there’s an article in the Washington Post today (I found it here:¬†http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30360872/)¬†about dust storms becoming more common in the West, with threats of a new Dust Bowl by mid-century, which fits my new novel, The Bird Savior, which opens … Continue reading

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Albino Crows & Thunder Snow

You always hear how the past haunts the present, like Faulkner’s oft-quoted adage about the South, “The past is not dead. In fact, it’s not even past.” Here in backwoods Colorado the past haunts the West, partially in the frontier … Continue reading

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On Fawn Brodie's "No Man Knows My History" & the Polygs in My Backyard

So I recently finished Fawn Brodie’s biography of Mormon prophet Joseph Smith, No Man Knows My History, and I rank it as one of the best biographies of an historical American figure I’ve ever read, although T.J. Stiles’s Jesse James: … Continue reading

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Abandoned America Redux

Driving west-northwest across Texas from the Gulf Coast is like viewing landscape-as-economic-chart. First you pass through the lively, jumping hives of San Antonio and Austin, where the Depression doesn’t seem evident, the freeways full of pickups and new cars driven … Continue reading

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Live from Mustang Island: "Burn After Reading"

So here on the Texas coast of Mustang Island, where I misspent my highschool years and where the wind blows like a hurricane on any given day, which is today, naturally, we’re chasing two-year-old Lili around the pool area. It … Continue reading

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