Monthly Archives: June 2012

Fires, Plagues of Locusts, and Chiggers: Signs of the Apocalypse in Colorado, Or Is That Global Warming in Your Pocket?

So I believe in the biblical apocalypse as much as I do the Tooth Fairy, but replace the word “apocalypse” with “global warming” and we’re onto something real. The back roads of Custer County, Colorado are now covered with swarms … Continue reading

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Fires in the West a Sign of Things To Come: Prophecies in “The Bird Saviors” Coming True, Unfortunately

So my novel The Bird Saviors is set in the “near future,” which I always thought to be something like five to ten years from now, but some of the calamities forecast in the story are unfolding right now—particularly an … Continue reading

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Reading Stephen Graham Jones’s “Growing Up Dead in Texas,” While Colorado Burns, Plus an Interview on ShelfLife@Texas

So I’m reading Stephen Graham Jones’s new novel, Growing Up Dead in Texas, which has a wicked description of a cotton-bale fire in West Texas. It’s a bit eerie to read right now, as I’m in Colorado, which seems to … Continue reading

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Standoff With Sam Shepard at Ten Thousand Waves: Guest Blogger Elizabeth May’s Brush With Greatness

Standoff with Sam Shepard at Ten Thousand Waves On a recent trip to Santa Fe I took my mother to Ten Thousand Waves, a gorgeous, serene Japanese spa located on Hyde Park road. I first read about the spa when … Continue reading

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“My Father’s Guns”: An Essay for Father’s Day, Plus Good Reviews of “The Bird Saviors” in the Dallas Morning News and the Houston Chronicle

So I woke up this morning to read two good reviews of The Bird Saviors, which of course makes my Father’s Day: One in the Dallas Morning News, here, and another in the Houston Chronicle, here. And in honor of … Continue reading

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“Prometheus” at a Cinema in Santa Fe, An Experience in Intensity

So while I was in Santa Fe I caught Ridley Scott’s prequel to Alien (1979), the flashy and eye-catching Prometheus, which is certainly trippy, even if it doesn’t all add up. I guess if I were rating it as such, … Continue reading

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“The Bird Saviors” Playlist at Largeheartedboy.com, Live From the El Rey Inn in Santa Fe

So I’m at the El Rey Inn in Santa Fe, a supercool motel in the (greatly upgraded) motor-court mode on the historic Route 66, on this the official debut day of The Bird Saviors. Part of the debut is a … Continue reading

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Review of “The Bird Saviors” in Booklist, With Bonus Bird Pics

So there’s a good review of The Bird Saviors in Booklist, which is another one of the pre-publication review entities: Booklist: May 15, 2012 The Bird Saviors./Cobb, William J. (Author)/Jun 2012. 320 p. Unbridled, hardcover, $25.95. (9781609530709). “The dusty town … Continue reading

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Alex Prud’homme’s “The Ripple Effect” Excellent Summation of Western Drought/Drying Out, as NOAA Notes This Spring Was Warmest on Record, by 5 degrees!

So I’m continuing to read the tome (a word I rarely use) that is Alex Prud’homme’s The Ripple Effect, on the myriad water problems we face in the 21st century, and I’m up to the chapters on drought and the … Continue reading

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A Bear Sighting, With a Literary Twist

So this evening as I was finishing a salmon dinner (note the subtle motif about to emerge), a bear showed up in my yard–actually he kind of shambled up. Ever the amateur shutterbug, I grabbed my camera and snapped a … Continue reading

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