Quiet Desperation is the American Way

And you run, and you run to catch up with the sun, but it’s sinking/ Racing around to come up behind you again/ The sun is the same in a relative way, but you’re older/ Shorter of breath, and one day closer to death “Time,” by Pink Floyd (1973) Twentieth century American popular fiction can…

The Grifter’s Guide to America

Jim Thompson was, by his own admission, a bad boy. Born in the tiny boomtown of Andarko in the Oklahoma Territory, James Myers Thompson had an upbringing that was simultaneously rugged and eccentric. His father, a man whom he called “Pop” but the US government called James Thompson, tried to make a living at a…

Amazon’s Digital Book Burning

“One of the things that surprises people – sometimes upsets publishers and authors – is that we let people enter negative reviews, and they say, why do you do this? You – your – you only make money if you sell the books. Why don’t you weed out the negative reviews? And the reason is:…