The View From Hemingway's Attic

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William Hazelgrove

William Hazelgrove
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chicago, Illinois, usa
Birthday
January 27
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William Hazelgrove is the best selling author of four novels, Ripples, Tobacco Sticks Mica Highways and Rocket Man. His books have received starred reviews in Publisher Weekly, Book of the Month Selections, ALA Editors Choice Awards and optioned for the movies. He was the Ernest Hemingway Writer in Residence where he wrote in the attic of Ernest Hemingway’s birthplace. He has written articles and reviews for USA Today and other publications. His latest novel Rocket Man was chosen Book of the Year by Books and Authors.net. He runs a political cultural blog, The View From Hemingway’s Attic. He lives in Chicago. www.williamhazelgrove.com

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MARCH 26, 2013 11:18AM

Socializing makes you smarter

Now when you head out for a beer with the boys or some champagne with the girls you now have a valid reason; it makes you smarter. The NY Times just had an article discussing the merit of going out to see a friend or a loved one… Read full post »
Alright. Dads are doing a lot better. In 1965 they spend 2.5 hours a week with their kids. In 2011 they spend 7.3. A three hundred percent increase, but mothers still blow them away. A whopping 13.5 hours. Twice of the dads. And here is the kicker, dads… Read full post »
MARCH 14, 2013 12:16AM

Starving the Beast

What is the sequester really about you ask. Well, it is about Starving the Beast and destroying the second term of President Obama. These are not intermingled except one will serve the other. Historically the Beast is the government. The Beast has been fed since FDRs New… Read full post »
MARCH 14, 2013 12:16AM

Starving the Beast

What is the sequester really about you ask. Well, it is about Starving the Beast and destroying the second term of President Obama. These are not intermingled except one will serve the other. Historically the Beast is the government. The Beast has been fed since FDRs New… Read full post »
MARCH 13, 2013 3:39PM

The American as it stands

Watch this video.
http://www.upworthy.com/9-out-of-10-Americans-are-completely-wrong-about-this-mind-blowing-fact-2
Ok. Now you know. And if you suspected you are working harder for less you are right. The thesis of Rocket Man and every novel dealing with the American Dream is that it is reall… Read full post »

DECEMBER 21, 2012 12:28PM

The Great Sorrow

Maybe it is because they were just sitting at their desks. I have gone to teacher parent conferences for my children. You sit at those small desks and lift the top and look at the crayons and the rulers and the scissors and the glue. You look at… Read full post »

DECEMBER 21, 2012 12:21PM

Guns Belong to Old America Now

And why shouldn't they? Guns lost in the last election as well and not in the sense gun owners worry about that someone will come take their guns. The gun culture lost along with the hopeful return to fifties America the Republicans tried to resurrect. Like abortion and… Read full post »

DECEMBER 21, 2012 12:18PM

Get the Guns

What do you do with people who after twenty elementary children are gunned down with a knock off AR15 and hollow point  bullets still hide behind the second amendment? This has nothing to do with the right to bear arms and everyone knows it. It is about the right… Read full post »

DECEMBER 21, 2012 12:16PM

The NRA's Wild West of America

We hoped. Come on we did. We thought the NRA might have a come to Jesus moment and say enough is enough and lets get these assault weapons off the streets. It was a fantasy but it seemed there might be some daylight out of the darkness of… Read full post »

DECEMBER 21, 2012 12:15PM

The NRA's Wild West of America

We hoped. Come on we did. We thought the NRA might have a come to Jesus moment and say enough is enough and lets get these assault weapons off the streets. It was a fantasy but it seemed there might be some daylight out of the darkness of… Read full post »

AUGUST 25, 2012 5:16PM

The Day Man Walked on the Moon

I had been out jacking around with my friends in Baltimore in that Maryland heat that makes you feel like the ocean is in the air it is so humid. Ten years old and I did notice no one seemed to be around and the neighborhood was empty. I walked… Read full post »
AUGUST 22, 2012 6:33PM

Older Dads Cause Autism

The weird increase in autism in the United States (something like 78 percent since 2000) has finally been linked not to the environment or older moms or vaccinations or aliens or eating lead or working mothers or too many vitamins or not breast feeding or fertility drugs but to MEN.… Read full post »
AUGUST 21, 2012 1:10PM

Dr. Akins Legitimate Forcible Rape

You gotta love the Republicans for putting legitimate next to rape. Or how about forcible rape. Now lets all take our stupid pills and do this one together. Rape and forcible. Hmm. Isn't rape by nature forcible? But to Todd Akin there is nothing forcible about rape. All these women/… Read full post »
AUGUST 17, 2012 2:51PM

What if the Internet is like Disco?

What if the Internet wears off and like the fad of disco it just becomes historical like roller skates or  the tech bubble or the real estate bubble or like the Charleston and Raccoon Coats were to the twenties? What if we happened to live through a fad brought about… Read full post »
AUGUST 16, 2012 6:09PM

Down and Out in Starbucks

There is a nation of men and women who live in Starbucks now. They sit in the corners and read or don't read or they face the window with some monster red drink in front of them like a chalice or they talk on the phone or they sip and… Read full post »
AUGUST 15, 2012 11:57AM

Paul Ryans Love Affair with Ayn Rand

What would a Wisconsin man from Janesville who inherited money from a family that got rich on government contracts for building roads and whose father died when he was sixteen and who would later become the budget cutting zealot who doesn't believe in any humanistic programs for anybody and that… Read full post »
AUGUST 14, 2012 11:55AM

The Peril of Excessive Individualism

The historian Page Smith cited in his history of the United States the "disintegrative effects" of rugged individualism on society. His contention was that all these people acting as independent units was not good for society, but that was exactly what America trumpeted as her most celebrated virtue… Read full post »
AUGUST 13, 2012 11:50AM

The Failed Writer

Sometimes you feel like the failed writer when you see how well all the other writers are doing. Take grants for example. How the hell do all these writers get these grants? Authors are always thanking this foundation or that for getting large sums of money to work on their… Read full post »
AUGUST 11, 2012 12:40PM

Romney and the Vouchinator

Could it get any worse? Mr. No Empathy just hooked up with the Vouchinator. You better start stockpiling beans and water and get in your bunker because if these two clowns get in office there will not be enough food for a low flying crow much less a poor person.… Read full post »
Maybe we never were. You think about Americans and you think about innovation and communication, making something out of nothing. You don't think about some guy working on numbers or explaining black holes. In fact that is  very un American. Americans are talkers, communicators if we are anythi/… Read full post »
Somebody should kick Mitt out of the rich people club. He really is giving everyone a bad name. At least leaving a bad taste like eating some crappy sushi where you know you shouldn't have eaten it but you did. That must be the way the rich people feel about… Read full post »
AUGUST 3, 2012 1:11PM

The Back Story Olympics

We are deluged with back stories. They fight for attention with the actual event. That someone gets a gold medal is subservient to their quest to get there. The back story sold by NBC is what they hope will hook us and build the brand. The problem is there are… Read full post »
AUGUST 2, 2012 11:24AM

When Literary Lions Still Prowled

I never read Gore Vidal. He wasn't my novelist. He was my mothers. She had his books in her bookcases in Baltimore along with Hemingway and Virginia Woolfe and Anais Nin and Styron and Faulkner. We were from Virginia and settled in Baltimore City and my mother was a feminist… Read full post »
AUGUST 1, 2012 10:32AM

The Rich Boy

Fitzgerald's short story by the same name (The Rich Boy) is quite the parable for Mitt now that people sniff something is not quite right in Whoville. The Rich are very different from you and me and Mitt is bitterly proving the point. But Anson Hunter of Fitzs story is… Read full post »
I read contemporary writers. Always on the lookout, but a lot of times I am disappointed. No great judgement here just they don't deliver or they don't have the intensity or the book fizzles or the hype was not warranted. There are many who are contemporary and great. Many. But… Read full post »