Recommended Reading: Roxane Gay’s “Difficult Women”

R.I.P. Aaron John Curtis, 10/16/72 – 2/19/17  Cause of death? Reading Roxane Gay‘s “Strange Gods,” the final story in her most recent collection. All of the stories in Difficult Women have appeared (“in slightly altered form”) in various publications before they were collected here, and I imagine that readers who have experienced these stories individually…

We’ve Taken Democracy for Granted

I hate the “not my president” hashtag.  I hated it before it was a hashtag, when Gore won the popular vote in 2000 and people said it about George W. Bush (it was annoying in 2000; my hatred developed from hearing it for eight years).  Bush was our president, that’s how it works, just as…

Recommended Reading: Joe Hill’s “The Fireman”

When someone is cold and you share your blanket, you’re both warmer than you would’ve been alone.  You offer the sick your medicine and their happiness will be your medicine.  Someone probably a lot smarter than me said hell is other people.  I say you’re in hell when you don’t give to someone who needs,…

Hard Truth About Writing: John Dufresne Edition

I don’t say, I’m not really an investment banker, Martin. I’m a writer, and I’m going to steal your story. I just listen. – John Dufresne; Requiem, Mass Writers are the most evil, vile, self-centered, cannibalizing people in the world.  We’ll take your life, your heart, and your soul, if it will make us look good…