He’s one of my literary heroes—he and George Saunders are the two best short story writers in the English language.
For a number of years he wrote a column for The Believer and in 2017 Tin House Books (great little press) released a collection of those pieces titled The Tunnel at the End of the Light.
It is, needless to say, a smart, articulate book and I wanted to quote a passage from Shepard’s Introduction to give you an idea of why I revere the man so much:
“The Republican Party has for decades claimed that the American government is the implacable enemy of the American people. This administration (Trump) is working to make that statement true for the first time for a very large majority of citizens.
That leaves the streets, and we can already see what’s in store for us there. The militarization of the police over the past forty years, begun with the war on drugs and amped up a thousandfold by the war on terror, was never really about threats from without and has always been about anticipating threats from within: as in, What happens when economic inequality and political irrelevance become so grotesque that they lead to civic unrest? The solution to the problem, for the Republicans and the corporate Democrats who have held power, has never been, So I guess we should do something to alleviate economic inequality. It’s always been, When the have-nots have nothing left but the streets, we need to be ready to take the streets away as well. And of course the exponential growth of the surveillance state will help with that. Hence our leaders’ seeming lack of concern over the last decade or so about all the metadata about US citizens—citizens who haven’t been suspected of a crime—that’s being hovered up.”
I have completed the first draft of new, book-length project so my blogging has dropped off of late.
Don’t hate me for being a workaholic or for being secretive about the creative irons I have in the fire. I promise to let you in on my plans and schemes ASAP. Suffice to say I’m working in a genre I’ve never tackled before and I’m dying to see what the final result will resemble.
Despite my labors, I took time to unwind and watch a few movies—just posted the reviews on my film blog, Cinema Arete.
This afternoon I posted reviews of 7 more movies on my film blog, “Cinema Arete”.
Any cineastes out there are welcome to give them the once over and either agree or…well, go and start their own damn film blog!
You’ll find all my film reviews here.