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A Pragmatic Idealist’s Guide to Caucus/Primary Season

Call me liberal, progressive, whatever you like. Parse it how you will, I occupy somewhere most of the way to the leftwards end of the political spectrum. If I had to self-label, I’d probably call myself a Social Democrat. My ideal economic arrangement would be using the productive capabilities of capitalism to achieve socialist-style ends … Continue reading

You Don’t Have to Attend Clarion to Be a Real Writer

You don’t *need* to go to Clarion or Clarion West if you want to be a writer. But it sure as hell helps. Continue reading

Death and My Birthday, or What I Learned from David Bowie and Brent McDonald

We must each of us follow our own star, live our lives in our most authentic truth, give ourselves over to that thing that would use us as its way into this world, whatever that thing might be. Continue reading

A Strategy of Containment in Oregon

The “patriots” and militiamen in Oregon want a fight. We shouldn’t give it to them. Continue reading

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