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The original 'odd bird,' my stint as head of High School ROTC included my wearing MFS's black armband just before I turned down an appointment to West Point to go to Harvard. There, majoring in bridge, backgammon, and poker for my middle years as an undergrad, I managed to get a degree in History-and-Philosophy that led me to believe that writing was my calling.
Years and years in the South since then have sent me down all sorts of strange byways of political, environmental, and civil rights activism, during all three decades of which I've squeaked by fiscally doing all sorts of odd jobs, including slinging texts at all sorts of buyers when the market permitted.
Today, I teach--primarily Koreans--about the intricacies of reading and writing English, often as a second language, and imagine a future in which my fiction, commentary, journalism, and criticism finds an audience. Graduate school may beckon in my sixth decade above ground, who knows?
I'm game for collaboration, correspondence, and constructive feedback. "I'm drawn to those who seek the truth, and I flee from those who have found it." Or, as Octavio Paz noted, "He sang, singing not to remember his true life of lies, but to recall his lying life of truth."
Thursday, October 8, 2015 Identity News, Color Blues, & Ethnic Dues, Part One
And now, in my seventh decade hence, I sit in the higher massif of Western North Carolina, where I ponder so many years in the midst of what almost everyone around me calls race, a category as nonsensical as the notion that creatures of the same species have any relation but those of siblings, parents, offspring, various uncles or aunts, and cousins, which is what all of our sort on the planet are to each other if they do not
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 Chile: The Other 9-11 & The Karma of Empire
In relation to matters like 9/11, plenty of writing on this year's September 11th speak to issues of note in regard to our beliefs about andremembrance of things past. Very few of them, however, at least here at home, have anything to say about what took place twenty-eight years prior to 2001 on that day, thousands of miles to the South in Chile.
(24 comments) Wednesday, August 12, 2015 Hiroshima & Nagasaki: Seven Decades & Counting
I've written about Hiroshima in general for forty-odd years, and I've composed something tangible for every annual commemoration of the bombing for plus or minus a decade-and-a-half. Thus, again, I proffer ideas about this event and the even more egregious slaughter that followed three days' hence at Nagasaki. The following five conclusions are merely a tiny sample of critical or at minimum useful deductions about Hiroshima.
(1 comments) Sunday, March 6, 2011 Media, Mergers, Capitalism, and Popular Democracy: Part 3
This is the second chapter of four in the AOL unit of this humble correspondent's assessment of the HuffPo-America Online merger. This section details the early development of the corporate forms that became America Online.
(1 comments) Thursday, March 3, 2011 Media, Mergers, Capitalism, and Popular Democracy: Part 2
This narrative is the first of four specifically concerning America Online. This four-part unit is part of this humble correspondent's assessment of the Huff-Po/AOL merger. So far, no other assessments have considered the matter in this in-depth fashion.
(5 comments) Thursday, February 24, 2011 A Sizeable Dixie Rally for Working Class Solidarity
On the steps of Georgia's capitol in Atlanta, in the shadow of Tom Watson's commanding presence, five hundred or more union members, community activists, students, and various other citizens--a widely representative sample that split fifty-fifty between men and women, was roughly equally White as Black, with a smattering of Hispanic and Native American advocates--stood up and shouted "Stop the War on Workers. "
(2 comments) Saturday, January 29, 2011 An Introductory Glance at the WTO, Plutocracy's Controlling Political Economic Mechanism
This is the first of six installments, which will clarify citizen understanding about World Trade Organization(WTO), which those who favor call a paragon of efficiency and sustainability and those who deplore it call a nefarious enterprise of insidious corruption and inherent oppression. I intend to inject some historical, grounded expression of such matters, specifically in relation to the early growth of capitalism.
(1 comments) Friday, January 14, 2011 Atomic History Lessons and Understanding Depleted Uranium
The 'Groves Memorandum' and the Continued Deployment of Depleted Uranium Weapons of Mass Destruction---Demonstrating the Heretofore Universality of United States Government Terrorism and Examining What a Transformation Toward Humanity Will Require in Regard to a Particular Instance of Such Depredation
(1 comments) Wednesday, March 25, 2009 Plant Vogtle Part II
In the whole Machievellian scene, the most chilling line, and yet another bow to 1984, came from commissioner Lauren McDonald, who asks "Can we all agree that nuclear energy is green?" As my redneck buddies would say, "Do what?"
Monday, March 16, 2009 Strange Twists of Fate for a Father and Scribe
A world full of violence, fraud and delusion will inevitably see in the mirror of its children all of these qualities, even as they are simply trying to do their best--to live, to make sense of themselves and a world gone insane, to find a way toward something decent. In some sense, our only jobs, as parents and adults, involve providing some guidance about how they can achieve something decent from mostly 'doing their best'.
(1 comments) Sunday, March 1, 2009 Georgia Power's Appeal for Front-loaded Funding of Its New Nuke Plant
The final reason for not turning over hundreds of millions of dollars a month to Georgia Power from the wallets, purses and paychecks of working Georgians is that we need to consider several important issues about nuclear power that have not been a part of the debate thus far before the Senate.
(6 comments) Sunday, January 11, 2009 Paul(as in Krugman)and Wendell(as in Berry)and Deborah(in lieu of Rupert), Oh My!!
Everybody is talking about the present economic fiasco, but nobody is looking at it as a problem for political economic analysis. Instead, almost universally, commentators blame either greed or mismanagement in some form or other. A deeper socioeconomic analysis is something we need to do, however, and four recent articles suggest an interesting analytical synthesis.
Friday, November 14, 2008 Georgia Needs a Nice Nerd December 2--A Post-Veteran's Day Meditation
This is a combination: on the one hand, it looks at our Veterans Day reminiscence in a progressive way; on the other hand, it examines the run-off battle for Georgia's Senate seat, in which the themes of a VD recollection recur repeatedly, and, for anyone with a pulse and a brain, require support for Jim Martin, which this piece details how to develop powerfully.