Archive | December, 2012

Downstate Story XXI

The latest issue is out of Downstate Story, an annual of original fiction from Peoria, Illinois, and one I recommend to fans of short fiction. Editor Elaine Hopkins assembles a fine group of short stories each December, and I’m happy to buy and read it every year. Her selections usually highlight the strange under side […]

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Neil Young’s Living With War

           DO YOU REMEMBER JUST HOW BLEAK THINGS WERE DURING THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION?  (May we never forget.)   Preemptive War, Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, Secret Prisons, Special Rendition, warrantless wiretaps, spying on U.S. citizens, our soldiers caught in the middle of a society disintegrating into sectarian violence, Bush talking about the Bill of Rights’ being outmoded, and Blackwater’s making […]

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