Nine Years of Blogging & a Book Giveaway
I just realized that, as of last month, I have been blogging for nine years. It started with an impulse. I was living in Chattanooga, T.N., for my sins, and I had driven down to Atlanta, G.A., to forage in Criminal Records, where I found Aaron Cometbus’ book Despite Everything, a collection of his Combetbus zines. That evening, I had dinner in The Vortex. As I was sitting there reading the...
At The Poisoned Pen Tomorrow
Tomorrow at 7 p.m. I’ll be at The Poisoned Pen, reciting from, discussing and signing When It All Comes Down to Dust. Steve Shadow Schwartz posted this review of the book on The Poisoned Pen website: Barry Graham has written another strong and affecting novel. After last summer’s brilliant The Wrong Thing, he is back with a new book that is both short and immensely powerful. This is a...
The Corporations Who Own Alex Salmond Will Not Own...
The Sun, the U.K.’s ultra-right-wing daily newspaper has just launched a Sunday edition, which broke the news that Scotland will have a referendum on independence on October 18, 2014. The Scottish National Party had not announced the date, but it turned out that Alex Salmond leaked it to Rupert Murdoch, owner of The Sun. As Gerry Hassan points out in this column, this says something about...
The Best Way to Avoid Falsely Confessing Is to...
This article in The New York Times should be taken as a reminder that there is only one statement you should ever make to a cop: “I am going to remain silent. I would like to see an attorney.” There is nothing else you can state that will help you, and nothing else you can state that will not hurt you. If you get pulled over, open the car window only enough to hand the cops your...
Free Dharma Talk Downloads and a Book Giveaway
Many of the Dharma talks I’ve given at The Sitting Frog Zen Center over the last few years have been posted on the Zen Center’s website in mp3 format, and can be downloaded free of charge. The talks were spontaneous and unscripted, and I can’t even remember giving most of them. They’re presented unedited, exactly as they were given, and if there were questions and...
Stewart Home Reviews Cronberg's A Dangerous Method →
He names Videodrome as his favorite Cronenberg film. I concur. If I had to pick one favorite English-language film-maker, I think it would be Cronenberg. There’s a great book of interviews called Cronenberg on Cronenberg, which I’ve reread dozens of times.
Book Giveaway: Of Darkness and Light Free on...
To celebrate the publication of my new novel, When It All Comes Down to Dust, I’ve decided to give away my first novel, Of Darkness and Light, free on Amazon Kindle for five days, starting tomorrow and ending on Monday, the day before the launch of the new book at The Poisoned Pen. When Of Darkness and Light - an urban ghost story set in Glasgow - was published in 1989, Scottish Field...
An attack on Iran would be an act of criminal... →
US and Israeli leaders are talking themselves into a disastrous conflict that will make Iranian nuclear weapons a certainty
Barney Rosset Has Died, Aged 90 →
littleiconsumedbyu asked: In reply to Christian right: There is one standard of righteousness. It is not political. It is the Word of God which is recorded in the Bible. It clearly doesn't align with either political stance in full.
The "Christian Right" Doesn't Exist
Anyone who does not give up everything he has can never be my disciple. - Jesus Christ I find it fascinating that in America there is so much talk about “the Christian right,” when there is no such thing. You can be right-wing or you can be a Christian, but you can’t be both, any more than you can be a violent pacifist. If you actually read the teachings of Christ, how can you...
Our unrealistic attitudes about death, through a... →
Sam Hamill on how poetry saves lives →
“Poetry saved my life when I was a misbegotten, self-destructive kid, and the way of poetry has determined the course of my life. It has saved, can save, and will save many others. Whether traveling on behalf of poetry and social engagement, teaching a little, or starting another press; whether printing on a letterpress or editing for someone else, or simply waiting for the first signs of...
Book Review: I Was Dora Suarez by Derek Raymond
I Was Dora Suarez by Derek Raymond (Melville House, paperback, $14.95) Derek Raymond never seems to rise far above the ground, but he never goes deep underground either. Invisible to the cultural mainstream, he’s rarely out of print for long. Almost two decades after his death, Melville House has published all five of his “Factory series” or “black novels” in the U.S....
Paul Babeu's Mexican Ex-Lover Says Sheriff's... →
An author who's written more than 500 books →