Author Archives: Calgary Fats

Conspiracy

The Donald Trump presidency and the coronavirus plague are wonderful incubators for wild-eyed conspiracies. I’m writing this in the time of the White House outbreak that so far has infected the president and over a dozen staff members and visitors. … Continue reading

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This President Doesn’t Read Books, but the Orange Clown Sure Can Sell Them

The US Constitution and a 69 year-old work on the roots of Nazism and communism, The Origins of Totalitarianism,by Hannah Arendt, were both beneficiaries of a spurt in sales prompted by fear of our president, a so-called “Trump Bump”.  Many more Americans … Continue reading

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Plague Year Blog

What better time for another entry? 15 months is probably too long between blog entries, however. I’m lucky they are still a thing and haven’t already been wiped out by podcasts or Tweets. Except for the coronavirus, my life hasn’t … Continue reading

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This is a Really Hard Book to Write

While I’m out here in the wilds of rural France. I hope to complete another two chapters of my novel, working title – There is Always a Price. The book takes the form of a memoir and it follows the … Continue reading

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We have retreated to France

We’ve settled in at the writer’s retreat, La Muse, in southwest France near Carcassonne. Been here since June 7 and staying until the 26th. The trip from the States included three days in the Azores, which I think is the … Continue reading

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Have Gun Will Travel

Every couple of months, somebody asks me for a business card, and I don’t have one. So, after years of doing without, I’m making a new one. The only information on it will be my name, email address and blog … Continue reading

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Happy Inauguration Day

About time for another blog entry. It’s been over a year and a half since my last one. Strangely, that sentence reminded me of the opening line of Catholic confession, or what used to be the opening line: “Bless me … Continue reading

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Almost a Dropout

I’ve finished three semesters of Lesley University’s four semester MFA program. I considered quitting the program, primarily for the money I’d save. I’m not interested in teaching, so the degree is less useful than would be if I had any … Continue reading

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Memoir can bring you down

I’m doing a special studies MFA project on the art of memoir. I don’t see myself writing a memoir for publication but I figured it might help dredge up useful material I could use in my fiction. It also seemed … Continue reading

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“Movies are so rarely great art that if we cannot appreciate great trash we have very little reason to be interested in them.” ― Pauline Kael

Last semester, I wrote an adaptation of my first novel as a screenplay for an interdisciplinary studies project at Lesley. The novel needed revision, and I figured re-imagining it as a screenplay would help in that process. It was an … Continue reading

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