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in advance of lew shiner’s “outside the gates of eden”

ONCE AN ALIEN­ATED, overly cre­ative teenage misfit, Lew Shiner has been a crit­i­cally suc­cessful writer for more than thirty years. His novel Glimpses won the World Fan­tasy Award in 1994 for Best Novel. He has also been one of my fa­vorite writers since I was turned on to his novels twenty-some years ago.  [Read more] “in advance of lew shiner’s “outside the gates of eden””

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we’ve got to text ourselves back to the garden

WOOD­STOCK MUSIC & ART FAIR. Just the name of an event that took place al­most fifty years ago still con­jures im­ages in most peo­ple’s minds—regardless of age and often po­lit­ical and philo­soph­ical disposition—of youth in­no­cence joy, of music color summer, of end­less hori­zons and pos­si­bil­i­ties, of three days of peace and music. [Read more] “we’ve got to text ourselves back to the garden”

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what’s so funny about peace love and understanding? *

I EN­TERED COL­LEGE in Sep­tember 1969. Nixon had been in of­fice less than a year and the war in Vietnam was on­going. The draft was also on­going but I had a stu­dent de­fer­ment. I was, of course, op­posed to the war and made my opinion known when­ever op­por­tu­nity allowed—such as in choice of attire. [Read more] “what’s so funny about peace love and understanding? *”