Poets Rock and I’m Jealous

It’s been a big writerly week for me and honestly, I’m too emotionally and literarily exhausted to Think Many Deep Thoughts. Here’s what happened. Last Tuesday, I found out I’d been picked to read a selection from my latest book Truly Are the Free, for “The Writer’s...

Postmodern T-Shirts

During my travels over the last decade or so, I’ve noticed something peculiar. It has to do with… t-shirts with English words on them. Not exactly an earth-shaking issue of vast geo-political significance, I know. But as with so many other quotidian matters, this...

My Costa Rican Odyssey

We’re back from our 12-day trek to Costa Rica. Kay-Kay says I need to write more personal blogs—something about either revealing more of my inner self or not being a crashing bore—so here are my Very Personal Thoughts on Costa Rica. I’ve traveled to other Central...

Our Great National Shame

[I’m still on vacation in the jungles of Costa Rica with Kay-Kay, so I’m republishing an early blog post from October that seems appropriate for the beginning of African American History Month. We’ll be back at it next week, hopefully with some...

Paddy Works on the Blog Post

[Kay-Kay and I are battling jaguars and howler monkeys in the wilds of Costa Rica–from our well-appointed rainforest lodge–this Sunday, so I’m republishing a blog post that proved the most popular. I’ll be back with something new soon. Take...

Now We’re Cookin’

Kay-Kay and I have been stream-bingeing A Chef’s Life. This is an endearingly quirky series on PBS—now headed for its sixth season—about Vivian Howard, the daughter of a tobacco farmer from eastern North Carolina who, after meeting her Jewish husband from Chicago...

Writers Writing About Writers Writing

I have two books on the street now and am working on my third. I painted myself into a corner by putting “trilogy” on the cover of the first one, so I’m sort of stuck finishing the third, I guess. Regardless, I’ve sent enough of My Very Own Words into the wild to say...

Living in Colonial World

l love HBO’s “Westworld” series. I mean, who can resist all that robot sex and violence? It’s such a thinly disguised metaphor for our alienation and search for authenticity in this age of Runaway Technological Change. Of course, I REALLY love the original 1973...

Rugby As Life Metaphor

I’m a contrarian. This I know about myself. I should be blogging “Year In Review” or “Top Ten Tofu Recipes for 2018.” That’s what everybody does, right? Which is enough reason for me to do the opposite. As I said, I’m a contrarian. However, the New Year brings...

You’re Wrong, Paul Krugman

So it’s Christmas Eve. Again? The passage of time does seem cruelly to accelerate the older you get. You’ve all had your fill of Clever and/or Sentimental Christmas Stories by now, so I won’t add to the saccharine overdose—other than to say Merry Christmas, hope your...