Category Archives: Arts: Writing

Garrison Keillor Returns: Still Good-Looking & Above Average

Hey, Garrison, ‘bout time you sent us a postcard. Where are you and what are you up to?

Why I am in Minnesota, if you wish to know
The Column: 01.20.23 — GARRISON KEILLOR

We came back to Minneapolis to see snow on the ground, there being none in Manhattan yet, and to drive around the old neighborhood where I lived when I was broke. It was 1969, I’d quit a comfy job at the U so I could write a novel and become famous. I had an infant son and he and my wife and I lived there for several months, then the money ran out. Continue reading Garrison Keillor Returns: Still Good-Looking & Above Average

The Anti-Creed of Zora Neale Hurston


NOTE: I’m just beginning to learn about Black author Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960). While lionized by many today, she also has critics, literary, social and political.

Unlike many other prominent Black artists, Hurston was politically quite conservative, what could now be called an “Old Right” Republican. She has also been claimed by libertarians. Continue reading The Anti-Creed of Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston: Pioneering Anthropologist & Author

Washington Post

How  novelist Zora Neale Hurston transformed American anthropology

Zora Neale Hurston

A new documentary, “Zora Neale Hurston: Claiming Space,” focuses on Hurston’s work as one of the country’s first Black woman ethnographers and filmmakers

By DeNeen L. Brown
 — January 17, 2023

In the late 1920s, Zora Neale Hurston, who would become one of the most influential writers of the Harlem Renaissance, rented a chrome-plated Chevrolet and hit the road, returning south to her hometown of Eatonville, Fla. She hoped to document the culture of Black men who swapped stories each evening on the porch of Joe Clark’s general store. Continue reading Zora Neale Hurston: Pioneering Anthropologist & Author

“Shotgun” Scalia: A study in Supreme Corruption & Impunity; More from “The Scheme”

[NOTE: This series of posts about the corporate capture & corruption of the U.S. Supreme Court reflects my sense that: this “scheme” is extremely dangerous to what remains of our democracy; that it is far advanced; it preceded the era of 45 and the “Big Lie,” and it will continue after that ordeal reaches its end; and the corruption detailed is by no means an isolated case. Thanks again to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse for his leadership in documenting and blowing the whistle on it, in and outside Congress.]Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, excerpts from his book, The Scheme: Continue reading “Shotgun” Scalia: A study in Supreme Corruption & Impunity; More from “The Scheme”

Quotes for the Day

It was tempting to open with a passage from Volodimir Zelensky’s memorable address to Congress. But that is everywhere today. Instead, here’s a bit from a tribute by columnist David Ignatius:

Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, likes to quote a comment attributed to Napoleon: “In war, the moral is to the physical as three is to one.” Zelensky is the embodiment of that everlasting truth.”
Quoted by David Ignatius, Washington Post, 12/21/2022: Continue reading Quotes for the Day