“‘Quote’ of the day…”
“‘Quote’ of the day…”
No, I wasn’t on the cover of the Rolling Stone and I also I didn’t get interviewed by the New York Times. That was just wishful thinking on my part which I would still prefer to hope is a sort of prescience.
Legal authorities from these two organizations should understand that I posted these ditties in the spirit of respect with the hope that I am foreshadowing an altered career. Yes I work harder at it than some people do but apparently I still have much work to do to fully understand that writing is it’s own reward.
Your 4-part article about the 2016 election was recently published in Rolling Stone. Was that a big surprise? It was a really big surprise. I had already been turned down by The Nation, The Atlantic, Mother Jones and Dissent Magazine. So I submitted to Rolling Stone as a last ditch effort before I self-published. Wow!
Have you had other writing published? My writing always get published, but usually it’s self-published.
Why do you write about politics? I think it all comes from the desire to make the world a better place. I was an anthropology major for my undergrad, so I’ve gotten some perspective on history and different cultures. In looking at our American politics, I decided that since it really is a two party system, that it’s important to throw down with one of the parties. Then it gets into a matter of values. Even though their are a tremendous amount of things wrong with the democratic party, their core values and most of their historic stands on issues, more closely reflect my own values. Ultimately it would be better to change our political system so that more voices get heard. However, change in this area is very slow going.
When did you start writing? I wrote some in college and became the publisher of a “zine” called Nowhere which was a mixture of art and politics. My personal treatise began, “Out of boredom, I became a revolutionary…” That was in the 80’s. And I really didn’t start writing again until George W. Bush became president. After 911 there was an absence of dissenting voices, so I was motivated to write about things that I felt were under-represented. In time, there were plenty of voices of dissent against the Bush administration and I also got busier with family matters so I found that I wrote less and less.
I have begun to write more again, mostly in blog form. So many things about our society seem more like distopian science fiction than reality. I find these trends both humorous and scary at the same time. So I write about them. And as a political topic, we now have Trump and that trajectory is so unfathomable that it’s motivated a lot of activism, not just writers, but a lot of other people are getting out there and trying to make their voices heard.
Were you surprised that the NY Times wanted to interview you for their Sunday Magazine? I was really really surprised.
What’s your fantasy project? I actually have several. They are not so much fantasies as things I hope to ultimately get around to doing. First, of course, I want to write the great american novel. I have a few ideas, one is just writing about the current state of the society which is almost like science fiction that writes itself. Another is a novel about moving to another country where one is suddenly displaced and has to learn everything quickly to survive. I also have an idea for a series of tween novels in which the main characters will somehow help save the world. I know that “saving the world” sounds grandiose, but hey, why should it be about anything less? I also have ideas for a few photography and coffee table books. And I’d like to get back into doing more with music. So, I have a really big list.
What’s next? I have notebooks with lots of unfinished projects. So sometimes, I just pick something and try to see it through. Finishing often gets harder than it should be. There’s lots of unexpected obstacles. I hate that part, but I love the satisfaction of seeing something through.
However, I’m not quite ready to post much about my personal life, since I feel it needs to be separated from my political and other commentary posts. This blog, is after all, something that potential employers might just happen to see.
So right now, I’m trying to figure out whether to go with a WP multi-site or just start yet another blog. (I would be happy to hear a recommend of a WP guru if anyone knows one.) Until this is decided and made so, I’m not changing the format of this blog. But in time, this is about to get much more personal.
Shall I part my hair behind?Â Â Â Do I dare to eat a peach?I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.
I realize that in the process of finding my own voice, I’ve accidentally found at least two. To avoid confusion, I’ve tagged my “silly naive egotistical blogger of the year” posts and things along those lines as “satire” and my “sincere analysis, critique and policy wonk” posts as “but seriously”.
Try not to confuse the two as often as I do.