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MARCH 6, 2013 10:17AM

Ralph Ellison and the Floating Self

Ralph Ellison
Ralph Ellison (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

No one is really sure, but March 1 was either Ralph Waldo Ellison's 99th or 100th birthday. We have at least three copies of Invisible Man floating around our house. More than likely, if you ask, all three of my sons will tell you/

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FEBRUARY 1, 2013 1:50PM

Why I Love Ayn Rand's Books But Am Still a Liberal

Atlas Shrugged Walking

In the summer of 1977 I was home from college ambling around our local library looking for a novel to read. I was also there because I wanted to ask Ann Jefferson out on a date and knew she worked in the library. I found her quickly enough and we… Read full post »

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JANUARY 9, 2013 2:40PM

Pointing Fingers: Talking Guns with the NRA

Action to stem violence

I grew up in Central Missouri in the 1960s and 1970s. People drove around our town with guns mounted in the back of their pickups -- mostly twenty-gauge shotguns and .22s. I had friends who hunted regularly. Duck season was big in our neck of the woods. So was drivingRead full post »

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MAY 16, 2012 10:41AM

Our Real Great American Novelist


We've been reading a great deal lately about the issue of gender preference in the publishing world. More than anything, the proclamation a few years back that Jonathan Franzen had written the new Great American Novel (complete with JonnieFranz's appearance on the cover of Time magaz/… Read full post »