2016 Reading List

Lots of good stuff here, some for enjoyment, some for edification. A lot of the list is in pursuit of information needed to think through certain books attempts, e.g. BROWN BALL (Latinos in the U.S.,  and baseball)  and FIVE GOLD RINGS (Shakespeare and his times, and World War II in Britain)

1) A.N.Wilson. The Elizabethans. (2011) [NF]

2) Penelope Lively. Dancing Fish and Ammonites. (2013) [NF]

3) Charlie Lovett. The Bookman’s Tale. (2013) [FICT]

4) John Colville. The Fringes of Power. 10 Downing Street Diaries, 1939-1955. (1985) [NF]

5) Charles Clement Walker. John Heminge and Henry Condell Friends and Fello-Actors of Shakespeare and What the World Owes. (1896/2015) [NF]

6) Stephen E. Ambrose. The Victors: Eisenhower and His Boys: The Men of World War II. (1998) [NF]

7) Stephen E. Ambrose. The Wild Blue: The Men and Boys Who Flew the B-24s Over Germany. (2001) [NF]

8)  Stephen E. Ambrose. Citizen Soldiers; The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany; June 7,1944- May 7, 1945. (1997) [NF]

9) Raymond Coppinger and Mark Feinstein. How Dogs Work. (2015) [NF]

10) Ralph Steadman. A Triography: The Balletic Art of Gavin Twinge. (2002)

11) Randolph S.Churchill. Winston S. Churchill, Youth,1874-1900. (1966) [NF

12) Kenneth Tynan. He That Plays The King: A View of the Theatre.(1950) [NF]

13) Kenneth Tynan. The Sound of Two Hands Clapping. (1975) [NF]

14) Kenneth Tynan. Profiles. (1989) [NF]

15) Kathleen Tynan, Ed. Kenneth Tynan: Letters. (1994) [NF]

16) Walter Raleigh. Johnson on Shakespeare: Essays and Notes, Selected, And Set Forth. (1765/1908) [NF]

17) George Lakoff and Mark Johnson. Metaphors We Live By. (1980/2003) [NF]

18) Alex Danchev and Daniel Todman. WAR DIARIES: 1939-1945 Field Marshal Lord Alanbrooke.(2002) [NF]

19) Eric Rasmussen. The Shakespeare Theft: In Search of the First Folios (2011) [NF]

20) John Lahr, Ed. The Diaries of Kenneth Tynan. (2001) [NF]

21) Robert Harris. Dictator. (2016) [FICT]

22) William Manchester and Paul Reid. The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965 (2013) [NF]

23) Clark Davis. It Starts With Trouble: William Goyen and the Life of Writing.(2015) [NF]

23) Phillip DePoy. The Tao and the Bard: A Conversation. (2013) [NF]

24) Maria Konnikova. Master-Mind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes. (2013) [NF]

25) Mary Beard. S.P.O.R: A History of Anxient Rome (2015) [NF]

26) Jan Jarboe Russell. The Train To Crystal City (2015) [NF]

27) Gary Wills. Make Make-Believe Real: Politics as Theater in Shakespeare’s World (2014) [NF]

28) Thomas Babington Macaule. Lays of Ancient War. (2016/1842) [NF]

29) Vaclav Havel. The Memorandum. (1965) [DRAMA]

30) Tom Stoppard. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. (1967) [DRAMA]

31) Bio Notes/ A, Spiers,  Preface/ M. Montagu. (Francis) Bacon’s Essays. (1884) [NF]

32) Tobias Wolf. In Pharoah’s Army; Memories of the Lost War. (1994) [NF]

33) Logan Pearsall Smith. Unforgotten Years (1938) [NF]

34) David Searcy. Share and Wonder Essays. (2016) [NF]

35) Fiona Peters, Rebecca Stewart, Eds. Antiheroes (2010/2016) [NF]

36) Maria Konnikova. The Confidence Game. Why We Fall For It…Every Time. (2016) [NF]

37) Garry Wills. Making Make-Believe Real; Politics as Theater in Shakespeare’s Time. (2014) [NF]

38) Reza Aslan. Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. (2014) [NF]

39) Elizabeth Kolbert. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History. (2014) [NF

40) Machu Kaku. The Future of the Mind; The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind. (2014) [NF]

41) William Shakespeare. Henry IV, Part Two. [DRAMA]

42) E. Phillips Oppenheim. The Pool of Memories. (1941) [NF]

43) Page Stegner, Ed. The Selected Letters of Wallace Stegner. (2007) [NF]

44) David Hajdu. The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America. (2008) [NF]

45) Bob Hicok. Elegy Owed. (2013) [POETRY]

46) Jane Hirshfield. Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry, Essays by Jane Hirshfield. (1998) [NF-Essays]

47) J. Payne Collier & Thomas Heywood. The Dramatic Works Of Thomas Heywood With A Life of the Poet, And Remarks On His Writings, Vol 1: The First And Second Parts Of The Fair Maid Of The West: Or, A Girl Worth Gold. Two Comedies. (1850) [NF & Drama]

48) Wallace Stevens. The Necessary Angel; Essays on Reality and Imagination. (1942) [NF]

49) Lawrence Durrell. Bitter Lemons (Of Cyprus). (1957) [NF]

50) John McIntyre, Ed. Memorable Days: The Selected Letters of James Salter and Robert Phelps. (2010) [NF]

51) George Steiner. Language & Silence: Essays on Language, Literature, and the Inhuman. (1970) [NF Essays]

52) Louis-Ferdinand Celine. Castle To Castle. (1968)

53) Joseph O’Brien, Ed. Eyes That Pour Forth and Other Stories. (2014) [SS]

54) Willie Morris. James Jones;A Friendship. (1978) [NF]

55) Tom Stanton. Terror in the City of Champions;Murder, Baseball, And The Secret Society That Shocked Depression-Era Detroit. Lyons Press,. (2016) [NF]

56) Wallace Stegner. On Teaching and Writing Fiction. (2002) [NF

57) Michael Delp. Lying in the River’s Dark Bed: The Confluence of The Deadman and the Mad Angler. (2016) [Poetry]

58) E.M. Forster. Aspects of the Novel. (1927) [NF]

59) David Fraser. Wars and Shadows: Memoirs of General Sir David Fraser. (2002) [NF]

60) James Wood. The Nearest Thing To Life. (2015) [NF]

61) David Foster Wallace. Consider The Lobster And Other Essays. (2007) [NF]

62) George Orwell. A Collection of Essays. (1981) [NF]

63) J.L. Austin. Philosophical Papers. (3rd Ed) (1979) [NF]

64) Nathalie Babe, Ed. Cynthia Ozick, Intro. The Complete Works of Isaac Babel.(2005) [NF

65) J.L.Austin. How To Do Things With Words. (1955) [NF]

66) Ann Powers. Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America. (2000) [NF]

67) Andy Saunders. Battle of Britain: July to October 1940: RAF Operations Manual. (2015 [NF]

68) Natalie Angier. The Canon. (2007) [NF]

69) Neal Stephenson. Some Remarks: Essays and Other Writing. (2012) [NF]

70) Kevin Wolf. The Homeplace (2016) [Uncorrected Proof for blurb) [FICT]

71) Albert Camus. The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays. (1955) [ESSAYS]

72) A.O. Scott. Better Living Through Criticism: How To Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth. (2016) [NF]

73) John LeCarre. A Murder of Quality. (1962) [FICT]

74) Tim Clayton and Phil Craig. Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain. (1999) [NF]

75) Christopher Bergstrom. The Battle of Britain: An Epic Conflict Revisited. (2014) [NF]

76) Richard Hough and Denis Richards. The Battle of Britain: The Greatest Air Battle of World War II. (1989) [NF]

77) The National Trust. Chartwell. (1992) [NF]

78) Tom Hickham. Churchill’s Bodyguard. The Authorised Biography of Walter H. Thompson. (2005) [NF]

79) William F. and Elizabeth S. Friedman. The Shakesperian Ciphers Examined. (1957) [NF]

80) Andy Saunders. Aircraft Salvage in the Battle of Britain and the Blitz. (2014) [NF]

81) Jane Gallop. The Deaths of The Author. Reading and Writing in Time. (2011)

82) J.L. Austin. How To Do Things With Words.(1955) [NF]

83) Ray Bradbury. Bradbury Speaks: Too Soon From the Cave, Too Far From the Stars. (2006) [NF]

84) Wayne C. Booth. The Rhetoric of Fiction. (1983) [NF]

85) Lilly Fischer Hellmann. Jumpcut. (2016) [FICT]

86) Peter Turchi. Maps of the Imagination:The Writer As Cartographer. (2004) [NF]

87) Andy Saunders. Luftwaffe Bombers in the Blitz 1940-1941.(2015) [NF]

88) David Richarde. The Yellow Dog River: Magical Dialog of a Woodland Stream. (1997)

89) William Grange. Hitler Laughing: Comedy in The Third Reich. (2006) [NF]

90) Stephen Marche. How Shakespeare Changed Everything. (2012) [NF}

91) Roy Porter. London: A Social History. (1994) [NF}

92) E. Foley and B. Coates. Shakespeare- Basics for Grown-Ups: Everything You Need to Know About the Bard. (2014) [NF]

93) F.E. Halliday. A Shakespeare Companion. (1964) [NF]

94) Jacopo Della Quercia. License to Quill. (2015) [F]

95) Andy Saunders. Finding the Foe: Outstanding Luftwaffe Mysteries of the Battle of Britain and Beyond Investigated and Solved. (2010)

96) Rebecca Rovit. The Jewish Kulturbund Theater Company in Nazi Berlin. (2012)

97) John London, Ed. Theater Under the Nazis. (2000)

98) John Harris and Richard Wilbourn. Rudolf Hess: A New Technical Analysis of the Hess Flight, May 1941. (2014)

99) John Stow. A Survey of London. (1598) [NF]

100) Donovan Bixley. Much Ado About Shakespeare. (2015) [Lit Picture Book]

101) Ann Stalcup. On The Home Front: Growing Up in Wartime England. (1998) [NF]

102) Peter De Jong. Dornier Do 24 Units. (2015) [NF]

103) Pauline Kiernan. Filthy Shakespeare: Shakespeare’s Most Outrageous Sexual Puns. (2008) [NF]

104) Andy Saunders. Arrival of Eagles: Luftwaffe Landings in Britain 1939-1945. (2014) [NF]

105) Maureen Walker. A Family in Wartime: How the Second World War Shape the Lives of a Generation. (2012) [NF]

106) Trout Lake Women’s Club. Tales & Trails of Tro-La-Oz-Ken. (1976) [NF]

107) Seamus Heaney. Beowolf: A New Verse Translation. Bilingual Ed. (2000) [NF]

108) Paul French. Midnight in Peking. (2013) [NF]

109) John Le Carre. Absolute Brothers (2003) [FICT]

110) Michael A. McDonnell. Masters of Empire: Great Lakes Indians and the Making of America. (2015) [NF]

111) John Le Carre. A Small Town in Germany. (1968) [FICT]

112) Erich Maria Remarque. All Quiet on The Western Front. (1929) [FICT]

113) Stanley Wells. William Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction. (2015) [NF]

114) James Welch. Winter in the Blood. (1974) [FICT]

115) John Le Carre. The Little Drummer Girl. (1983) [FICT]

116) John Le Carre. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1974)

117) John Le Carre. Smiley’s People (1979) [FICT]

118) Thomas A. Kempis. Of The Immitation of Christ: Four Books. (1890) [NF]

119) Frontis Lost. Book of Psalms (1892) [NF]

120) John Le Carre . Our Game (1995) [FICT]

121) John LeCarre. The Little Drummer Girl (1983) [FICT]

122) Earl L. Doyle and Ruth B. MacFarlane. The History of Pequaming. (1998)

123) Charles Olson. Selected Writings. (1950-1966) [ESSAYS]

124) Henry Kisor. Tracking the Beast. (2016) [FICT]

125) Virginia Woolf. Orlando. (1928) [FICT]

126) John Burdett. Bangkok Tattoo. (2005) [FICT]

127) Peter Pouncey. Rules For Old Men Waiting. (2005) [FICT]

128) D. Nichol Smith. Eighteenth Century Essays on Shakespeare. (1903)

129) William Shakespeare. JHP Pafford, Ed.  The Winters Tale. (1607/1963) [DRAMA]

130) Joseph Heywood. Ice Hunter. (2001) [FICT]

131) Jonathan Dollimore and Alan Sinfield. Political Shakespeare: Essays in Cultural Materialism, Second Edition (1994) [Essays: NF]

132) Virginia Woolf. Women and Writing. (1979) [ESSAYS]

133) Virginia Woolf. The Death of the Moth and Other Essays. (1942) [ESSAYS]

134) Susannah Carson, Forward by Harold Bloom. Living With Shakespeare (2013) [ESSAYS]

135) David N. Cassuto. Cold Running River. (1994) [NF]

136) Virginia Woolf. The London Scene: Six Essays on London Life. (1975/1033) [ESSAYS]

137) John LeCarre.The Secret Pilgrim. (1990) [FICT]

138) Ivo Kamps, Ed. Materialist Shakespeare: A History. (1995) [NF]

139) Thomas Kemp. The Life and Genius of Shakespeare. (1864) [NF]

140) William Goyen. The House of Breath. (1950) [FICT]

141) Alastair Pennycook. Language and Mobility: Unexpected Places. (2012) [NF]

142) Enda Duffy, Ed. The Best Short Stories of Katherine Mansfield. (2010) [SS]

143) William Shakespeare. Love’s Labor Lost. (1598) [DRAMA]

144) William Manchester. A World Lit Only By Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance: Portrait of An Age. (1993) [NF]

145) Cyril Connolly. Enemies of Promise and Other Essays: An Autobiography of Ideas. (1960) [Essays]

146) Robert J. Koester. Lost Person Behavior: A Search and Rescue Guide On Where to Look – for Land, Air and Water. (2008) [NF]

147) John Betjeman. Ghastly Good Taste, Or a Depressing Story of the Rise and Fall of English Architecture: For the First Time Revised With Annotations by The Author.(1933) [NF]

148) John Steinbeck. Once There Was A War. (1943/1958) [NF]

149) Phillip Kerr. The Other Side of Silence. (2016) [FICT]

150) D.Nichol Smith. Eighteenth Century Essays on Shakespeare. (1903) [Essays]

151) Kenny Wayne Fields. The Rescue of Streetcar 304: A Navy Pilot’s Forty Hours on the Run in Laos. (2007) [NF]

152) James Bird. The Changing Worlds of Geography: A Critical Guide to Concepts and Methods. (1989) [NF]

153) Matthew Gavin Frank. Barolo. (2010) [NF]

154) Fernand Braudel. On History. (1980) [NF]

155) John Steinbeck. In Dubious Battle. (1936) [FICT]

156) Duff Cooper. Sergeant Shakespeare. (1950) [NF]

157) Bob & Brian Tovey. The Last English Poachers. (2015) [NF]

158) Alexander G. Ruthven. Naturalist in Two Worlds: Random Recollections of a University President. (1963) [NF]

159) George A. Corrigan. L.G. Sorden, Ed. Calked Boots and Cant Hooks.(1976) [NF]

160) Heino A. “Hap” Puotinen. Bull Fight in the Sauna, and Other Finnish Dialect Verses.  (PUB DATE UNKNOWN] [POETRY]

161) Daniel Putnam. A History of Michigan State Normal School (Now Normal College) 1849-1899 (1899) [NF]

162) Thomas Kenny. The Life and Genius of Shakespeare. (1864) [NF]

163) Edward Gibbon.  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume II (395 AD – 1185 AD) ( 1781) [NF]

164) Max Hastings, Ed. The Oxford Book of Military Anecdotes. (1985) [NF]

165) Bob Linsenmann and Steve Nevala. Michigan Trout Streams: A Fly-Angler’s Guide. (1993) [NF]

166) Jon L. Saari. Black Ties and Miner’s Boots: Inventing Finnish-American Philanthropy: A History of the Finlandia Foundation National, 1953-2003 (2003) [NF]

167) Christine Johnson et al, Eds. Listen to Me: An Anthology of Upper Peninsula High School Writing. (1976) [FICT & POETRY]

168) Lou Ellyn Helman & Maria Vezzetti Matson. Gelsomina’s Story of Caesar Lucchesti: A True Tale of Italian Immigrants. (2011) [NF]

169) Myrtle Barrette. View From My Window. (PUB DATE UNKN) [ESSAYS, NEWSPAPER COLUMNS]

170) Frank R. Bartol. A Season of Benign Neglect and Other Essays. (1992) [Essays]

171) Russell M. Magnaghi, Compiler. A Sense of Time:The Encyclopedia of Northern Michigan University. (1999) [NF]

172) Anton Chekov. The Stories of Anton Chekov. (1932) [SS]

173) James Joyce. A Portrait of the Artist As A Young Man. (1916/1944) [FICT]

174) Emma Smith. Shakespeare’s First Folio: Four Centuries of An Iconic Book. (2016) [NF]

175) Wyndham Lewis, Seamus Cooney Ed. Men Without Art. (1934/1964/1991) [NF]

176) Wyndham Lewis, Paul Edwards Ed. Wyndham Lewis: Creatures of Habit and Creatures of Change: Essasy on Art, Literature, and Society, 1914-1956. (1989) [Essays]

177) Jane Piirto. A Location in the Upper Peninsula. (1994) [Essays,Poetry,SS]

178) Christopher Bram. The Art of History: Unlocking the Past in Fiction and Nonfiction. (2016) [NF]

179) Jane Hirschfield. Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry: Essays by Jane Hirschfield. (1998) [ESSAYS]

180) Montagu. The Anatomy of Swearing. (1967) [NF]

181) Rick Yancey. The 5th Wave (2013) [FICT]

182) Cyril Connolly. The Unquiet Grave: A Word Cycle by Polinures. (1940/1981) [ESSAYS]

183) Aldous Huxley. Chrome Yellow. (UNK) [FICT]

184) Lady Montagu. Letters of the Right Honourable Lady M-Y W-Y M-R- Written During her Travels in Europe, Asia and Africa to Persons of Distinction, Men of Letters, Etc in Different Parts of Europe. (1724) [NF]

185) Ben H. Winters. Underground Airlines. (2016) [FICT]

186) Wyndham Lewis; Seamus Cooney, Ed. Men Without Art (1934/1987) [ESSAYS]

187) George Beaton. Jack Robinson (1936) [FICT]

188) J. Todd Scott. The Far Empty. (2016) [FICT]

189) Francis Bacon. The Works of Francis Bacon: The Wisdom of the Ancients and Other Essays. (1932) [ESSAYS]

190) Honore de Balzac. The Works of Honore de Balzac: Novelettes. (1926) [FICT]

191) Gustave Flaubert. The Works of Gustave Flaubert: One Volume Edition. (1904) [FICT]

192) Tettu Leney. Complete Finnish (1993/2010) [NF]

193) Heino A. “Hap” Puotinen. Bull Fight in the Sauna and Other Finnish Dialect  Verses. (Date UNK) [POETRY]

194) Clive Fisher. Cyril Connally: The Life and Times of England’s Most Controversial Literary Critic. (1995) (NF)

195) Percy Melville Thornton. Harrow School and Its Surroundings. (Pre-1923)

196) Emma Smith. Shakespeare’s First Folio: Four Centuries of An Iconic Book. (2016) [NF]

197) Thomas Kenny. The Life and Genius of Shakespeare. (1864) [NF]

198) Edward Gibbon. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol II (395 AD- 1185 AD) (1781) [NF]

199) Max Hastings, Ed. The Oxford Book of Military Anecdotes. (1985) [NF]

200) Bob & Brian Tovey. The Last English Poachers. (2015) [NF]

201) Duff Cooper. Sergeant Shakespeare. (1950) [NF]

202) John Steinbeck. Once There Was A War. (1943) [NF]

203) D. Nichol Smith. 18th Century Essays on Shakespeare. (1903) [NF]

204) Cyril Connolly. Enemies of Promise and Other Essays: An Autobiography of Ideas. (1960) [ESSAYS]

205) William Shakespeare. Love’s Labor Lost. (1598) [DRAMA]

206) Ivo Kamps, Ed. Materialist Shakespeare: A History.(1995) [ESSAYS]

207) Virginia Woolf. The London Scene: Six Essays on London Life. (1975) [ESSAYS]

208) Susannah Carson. Living With Shakespeare. (2013) [ESSAYS]

209) Johnathan Dollimore and Alan Sinfield. Political Shakespeare: Essays in Cultural Materialism. (1985/1994) [ESSAYS]

210) William Manchester. A World Lit By Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance: Portrait of An Age. (1993) [NF]

211) Ashley Montagu. The Anatomy of Swearing. (1967) [NF]

212) Stanley Wells. William Shakespeare: A Very Short Introduction. (2015)[NF]

213) Edmund Wilson. Axel’s Castle: A Study in the Imaginative Literature of 1870-1930. (1931) [ESSAYS]

214) John Julius Norwich. The Duff Cooper Diaries (2006) [NF]

215) Percy Melville Thornton. Harrow School And It’s Surroundings. (1884) [NF]

216) Robert McKee. Story. (1997) [NF]

217) Henry James. The Art of the Novel. (2015) [NF]

218) Elizabeth Drew. T.S.Eliot: The Design of His Poetry. (1949) [NF]

219) Thomas Marc Parratt and Robert Hamilton Ball. A Short View of Elizabethan Drama (1943/1958) [NF]

220) Sonny Brewer. Cormac: The Tale of a Dog Gone Missing. (2007) [NF]

221) Terry McDonell. The Accidental Life: An Editor’s Notes on Writing and Writers. (2016) [NF]

222) George Grossmith. The Dairy of  A Nobody. (Unk) [NF]

223) Yuval Noah Harari. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. (2015) [NF]

224) Timothy Hallinan. Little Elvises (2012) [FICT]

225) Richard Green, Ed. Graham Greene: A Life in Letters. (2007) [NF]

226) Norman Sherry. The Life of Graham Greene: Vol 1: 1904-1939. (1989) [NF]

227) Norman Sherry.The Life of Graham Greene: Vol II: 1939-1955. (1994) [NF]

228) Norman Sherry. The Life of Graham Greene: Vol III: 1955-1991. (2004) [NF]

229) A. Scott Berg. Max Perkins: Editor of Genius. (1978/2016) [NF]

230) Sonny Brewer. A Yin for Change: Awakening Imagination For More Life in Your Living. (1996) [NF]

231) Sonny Brewer. The Poet of Tolstoy Park. (2005) [FICT]

232) Sonny Brewer. The Widow and the Tree. (2009) [FICT]

233) Sonny Brewer. A Sound Like Thunder. (2006) [FICT]

234) Sonny Brewer, Ed. Don’t Quit Your Day Job Acclaimed Authors and the Day Jobs They Quit. (2010) [NF]

235) Rachel Bowlby. Everyday Stories. (2016) [NF]

236) Graham Greene. A Sort of Life (1971) [NF]

237) Ring W. Lardner. How To Write Short Stories (With Samples). (1924) [FICT]

238) Josie Antonio Villareal. Pocho (1959) [FICT]

239) Sir J.W. Fortesque. A History of the British Army, Vol 201 (1789-1801). (1906) [NF]

240) GK Chesterton. The Man Who Was Thursday. (1908) [FICT]

241) Clemence Dane. Will Shakespeare: An Invention in Four Acts. (1921) [DRAMA]

242) Joseph Stanley Pennell. The History of Rome Hanks and Kindred Matters. (1944/1982) [FICT]

243) Carole Levin & John Watkins. Shakespeare’s Foreign World: National and Transnational Identities in the Elizabethan Age. (2009) [NF]

244) Edith Sitwell. Wheels 1920: Fifth Cycle. (1920) [POETRY]

245) Edith Sitwell. Fanfare for Elizabeth.(1946) [NF]

246) Graham Greene. Our Man in Havana. (1958/1976) [FICT]

247) Richard Greene. Edith Sitwell: Avant Garde Poet, English Genius (2011) [NF]

248) Ben H. Winters. The Last Policeman. (2012) [FICT]

249) Ben H. Winters. Countdown City. (2013) [FICT]

250) Ben H. Winters. World of Trouble (2014) [FICT]

251) Van Wyck Brooks. The Ordeal of Mark Twain. (1920) [NF]

252) Nicholas Shakespeare. Priscilla: The Hidden Life of An Englishwoman in Wartime France. (2013) [NF]

253) J. Donald Adams. Copey of Harvard. (1960) [NF]

254) Jonathan Rose. The Literary Churchill. (2014) [NF]

255) Rolf O. Peterson.  The Wolves of Isle Royale. (2007) [NF]

256) John Dover Wilson. The Essential Shakespeare. (1960) [NF]

257) Stephen Greenblatt. Hamlet In Purgatory. (2001) [NF]

258) Stephen Greenblatt, Ed. New World Encounters. (1993) [NF]

259) William H. Gass. Finding A Form (1996) [ESSAYS]

260) Peter Brook. Evoking Shakespeare…and Forgetting. (1998/2003) [NF]

261) Stephen Greenblatt, Peter G. Platt, Eds. Shakespeare’s Montaigne: The Florio Translation of the Essays: A Selection. (2014) [NF]

262) Richard Pearson. The Boys of Shakespeare’s School in the Second World War. (2013) [NF]

263) Bernard Cornwell. Sharpe’s Fortress. (1999/2002) [FICT]

264) Edith Sitwell. Collected Poems. (2006) [POETRY]

265) Andy Mozina. Quality Snacks. (2014) [SS]

266) Benjamin Percy. Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction. (2016) [ESSAYS]

267) Lee Gutkind, Ed. Hurricanes and Carnivals: Essays by Chicanos, Pochos, Pachucos, Mexicanos, and Expatriates. (2007) [ESSAYS]

268) Oscar Lewis. The Children of Sanchez: Autobiography of A Mexican Family (1963)

269) Jose Antonio Villareal. Clemente Charon: A Novel. (1984) [FICT]

270) Jose Antonio Villareal. The Fifth Horseman. (1974) [FICT]

271) Robert J.Koester. Lost Person Behavior. A Search and Rescue Guide on Where To Look – for Land, Air and Water. (2008) [NF]

272) Bernard Cornwell. Sharpe’s Devil. (1992) [FICT]

273) Andy Mozina. The Women Were Leaving the Men. (2007) [SS]

274) Miles Harvey. The Island of Lost Maps: A True Story of Cartographic Crime. (2000) [NF]


275) Carol MaColl and Carol McD Wallace. To Marry An English Lord: Tales of Wealth and Marriage, Sex and Snobbery. (2012) [NF]

276) Tom Wolfe. The New Journalism: With An Anthology Edited by Tom Wolfe and E.W.Johnson. (1973) [NF]

277) Denis Donoghue.  Metaphor. (2014) [NF]

278) Martha Ferguson McKeown.  The Trail Led North: Mont Hawthorne’s Story. (1949) [NF]

279) Nicole S. Cohen. Writer’s Rights: Freelance Journalism in A Digital Age. (2016)  [NF]

280) Graham Greene.  Ministry of Fear. (1943/1975) [FICT]

281) Richard Greene.  Selected Letters of Edith Sitwell (1997) [NF]

282) Edith Sitwell. Biography. (1963) [NF]

283) Graham Greene. The Lawless Roads. (1939/1978) [NF]

284) Theodor Meron. Bloody Constraint: War and Chivalry in Shakespeare.(1998) [NF]

285) Barbara Holland. Endangered Pleasures: In Defense of Naps, Bacon,Martinis, Profanity, and Other Indulgences. (2000) [ESSAYS]

286) Nancy Schoenberger. Dangerous Muse: Lady Caroline Blackwood. (2001) [NF]

287) Ted Cohen.  Jokes: Philosophical Thoughts on Joking Matters. (1999) [NF]

288) William H. Gass.  In the Heart of the Country. (2015) [SS]

289) Arthur Koestler.  Darkness At Noon. (1940/1994) [FICT]

290) Virginia Woolf. A Collection of Critical Essays. (1993) [ESSAYS]

291) Graham Greene.  England Made Me. (1935/1945/1951) [FICT]

292) W.B.Yeats. The Autobiography of William Butler Yeats (1916/1924/1944/1965) [NF]

293) Aldus Huxley. Brave New World. (1932/1998) [FICT]

294) Joseph Heywood. A Sporting of Skeletons. ( 2018) (MS for publisher) [FICT]

295) Timothy Egan. The Immortal Irishman:The Irish Revolutionary Who Became An American Hero. (2016) [NF]

296) Palinurus (Cyril Conally). The Unquiet Grave. (1944/1967) [ESSAYS]

297) George Saintsbury. A History of English Prose Rhythm. (1912) [NF]

298) John Unterecker. A Reader’s Guide to William Butler Yeats. (1959) [NF]

299) George A. Corrigan. Calked Boots & Cant Hooks. (1976) [NF]

300) Richard West. Chaucer 1340-1400. (2000) [NF]

301) Edith Sitwell.  I Live Under A Black Sun. (1937/2997) [FICT]

302) William Morris. The News From Nowhere And Other Writings. (1993) [FICT]

303) Wyndham Lewis. Creatures of Habit and Creatures of Change: Essays on Art, Literature, and Society, 1914-1956) 91988) [ESSAYS]

304) John LeCarre. The Looking Glass War. (1965/2009) [FICT]

305) Donald P.McCrory.  No Ordinary Man:The Life and Times of Miguel de Cervantes (2006) [NF]

307) John Barnard,Ed.  John Keats,Selected Letters (2014) [NF]

308) Natalie Goldberg.  Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life (1990) [NF]

309) Janet Burroway. Imaginative Writing.(2011) [NF]

310) Howard Pyle.  The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood (1952) [FICT]

311) Patricia Sergent.  Mortal Encounter. (1979) [FICT]

312) Edward Rutherford. The Princes of Ireland.(2004) [FICT]

313) Timothy Hallinan. A Nail Through the Heart. (2007) [FICT]

314) Bernard CornwellAgincourt. (2009) [FICT]

315) Robert Linsenman.  The Last Brook Trout. (UNPUB) [SS]

315) David P. Wagner. Return To Umbria. (2016) [FICT]

316) Mel Starr. The Abbot’s Agreement. (2014) [FICT]

317) Sasha Sokolov. Between Dog & Wolf. (2017) [FICT]

318) Michel Winock. Flaubert. (2016) [NF]

319) Cicero. On Living and Dying Well. (2012) [ESSAYS]

320) Sara Nickles. Drinking,Smoking & Screwing. Great Writers on Good Times. (1994) [ESSAYS]

321) Andrea Moro. Impossible Languages. (2016) [ESSAYS]

322) Charles Johnson. Middle Passage. (1990) [FICT]

323) Marcus Tullius Cicero, James H. May, Trans. How To Win An Argument: An Ancient Guide to the Art of Persuasion. (2016) [NF]

324) Charles Johnson. The Way of A Writer on the Art and Craft of Storytelling. (2016) [NF]

325) Helen Garner. Everywhere I Look. (2026) [ESSAYS]

326) Sebastian Junger. Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging. (2016) [NF]

327) Mel Starr. Lucifer’s Hammer. (2016) [FICT]

328) Georges Simenon. Maigret and the Wine Merchant. (1970) [FICT]

329) Elena Filipovic. The Apparently Marginal Activities of Marcel Duchamp. (2016) [NF]

330) Joseph Heywood. Brown Ball. (Revised MS, begun Jan, 2012). [FICT]

331) John Gardner. The Sunlight Dialogues. (1972) [FICT]

332) Benjamin Percy. Thrill Me. (2016) [NF]

333) John Gardner and Lennis Dunlap. The Forms of Fiction. (1962) [NF]

334) John Gardner, Foreward by Raymond Carver. On Becoming A Novelist. (1983) [NF]

335) Marjorie Boulton. The Anatomy of Poetry. (1953) [NF]

336) Jean-Paul Sartre. “What is Literature?” And Other Essays. (1988) [NF]

337) William Albracht and Marvin J. Wolf; Foreward by Joseph L. Galloway. Abandoned in Hell: The Fight For Vietnam’s Firebase Kate. (2016) [NF]

338) Winston Weathers and Otis Winchester. The New Strategy of Syle. (1978) [NF]

339) William H. Gass. A Temple of Texts: Essays.  (2006) [NF]

340) Justin Cronin. The Passage. (2010) [FICT]

341) Justin Cronin. The Twelve. (2012) [FICT]

342) Yoel Hoffmann,Ed, Trans,  Intro Dror Burstein. The Sound of the One Hand: 281 Koans With Answers. (1975) [NF]



Painting Continues.

Lots of painting getting done. Here’s stuff in various stages of completion:

Trout are where you find them.
Can’t stop chasing brook trout.
It’s a BIG one
Itsaschool I
Itsaschool II
It’s what’s for dinner
Bullshidos, a Work in Progress ( On canvas and in Life)
Last day of trout season catches are the best.
He Who Plays It By Ear Gets in in the same.
Tara Sushi 1
Tara Sushi Too
Tara Sushi 3

This Week’s Workpile

Revisions of Brown Ball finito (for this round) onto drawing for the week, and maybe next week too. Results so far….

DeLong’s Six By Six
Guess Who’s For Dinner
We Brook Trout
Bag of Brrroookies.


The Art and Use of Nap-Hats

I’ve always enjoyed hat of all kinds and have taken a number of jobs along the way that involved the wearing of helmets. It seems to me that most people only wear a hat, rather than inhabiting it. By this I mean a hat needs to fit in such a way that when you walk into a brisk wind it will stay on your head, and when you flop down on a couch or against a tree, the hat  should fit in such a way that you can slide it down to your chin (over your nose and eyes) and use it as a light-blocker. Not every hat will fill this bill. The best I have is  UP-assembled Stormy Kromer (Ironwood factory), which also doubles as a fly patch (Betty McNaults down one side, and green Yooper Hoppers down the other side although I don’t put the Yooper Hoppers on until we get back north.).

The Betty McNault dressing I prefer is essentially a royal coachman with a red tail. Other anglers seem to prefer a green body with red tail. Both  are effective and there is no need for anything to be rising in order to  inveigle a strike, the Betty being an excellent search pattern. Most of the small waters we fish in the western Upper Peninsula have sporadic hatches (if any) so there is little point to carrying anything except for various sizes and ties of blue wing olives (BWOs) which seem to pop forth  from late spring, through summer, into late fall on just about any cool,  cloudy day. Otherwise, gaudy wet flies seem to work best as do bushy raggedy dry flies.  The nastier and more dilapidated the dry fly looks, the more attractive it seems to be. Species doesn’t seem to count for much. Raggedy appearance and natural colors  are what matter.

I only recently  heard that the Betty was the late John Voelker’s  favorite fly, which may or may not be true. Always been my impression that he like teensy-weensy flies, of which the Betty is not one,  but who knows? Most Bettys get tied in #12-#16.

But back to hats. It’s fun to look back and see what others thought about the subject, for example, Walt Whitman, who wrote,” I wear my hat as I please, indoors or out.” Certainl this attitude has carried over. We are always amazed by the number of people , adults not teens , who wear their hats in restaurants of varying sophistication.

Shakespeare also had some thoughts on hats, this excerpt from Hamlet:

 “HAMLET: I will receive it sir with all diligence of spirit. Put your bonnet to his right use, ’tis for the head.
OSRIC:  I thank you lordship, it is very hot.
HAMLET: No believe me, ’tis very cold, the wind is northerly.
OSRIC: It is indifferent cold my lord, indeed.
HAMLET: But yet methinks it is very sultry and hot for my complexion.
OSRIC: Exceedingly my lord, it is very sultry, as ’twere – I cannot tell how. But my lord, his majesty bade me signify to you that a has laid a great wager on your head. Sir, this is the matter –
HAMLET:  I beseech you remember.(Hamlet moves him to put on his hat)” 

In Much Ado About Nothing, the Bard also gave us following line, which still holds today in some spheres: “ He wears his faith but as the fashion of his hat.”

One of my favorite chapeaus was given to me in Paris one night by my pal Bob Kunze. It s  Italian-made, a Borsalino Compania. This is a  100-percent wool fedora in coal-black, the kind of thing gentlemen once wore to the opera (low and high).  I’ve treasured this hat for a long, long time, and wear it when fishing in the U.P. the highest honor I can bestow.

Snow day here today, second one this week. High today to be around 10 and colder tonight. Winter is here!


Nice looking brook trout wet flies.
Betty McNault with green body.
My Stormy Kromer with Bettys. Warm hat, nice nap-cap, fly-patch.

Life of A Traveling “Suit.”

In Brussels April 18-23,1991. Idle observations at the end of the trip:

  • April 22 was Lenin’s 121st B-day. His mausoleum was closed for repairs, which makes some wonder If this a signal;
  • Last month Dmitri T. Yazov, Soviet Defense Minister, visited troops in the GDR without informing the German government – a serious breach of protocol. 500 Soviet troops have deserted in Gy in past year or so.
  • 33 percent of English 7 years olds failed the National English Skills Test last year.
  • Annual snail race held in Osenbach, France. Winner covered the one-meter course in 15 minutes flat. Blazing!
  • Deposed Hungarian leader Karoly Grosz disclosed April 22, that Hungarians deployed Soviet Nukes “well into the Gorbachev era.” Warheads for Scuds, Frogs, and nuclear mines not removed from Hungarian territory until 1988. Official Soviet statements insisted over decades that there were Soviet missiles only in GDR and CSSR.
  • Communist Andre Hediger (Swiss Party of Labour) elected mayor of Geneva last year, his party won with  a  first-ever red-green alliance won majority of city government. Hear greens called reds and commies back home from conservative, anti-envirosnmentalist forces. Funny how things and labels  get  assigned and conflated.
  • Polls show 64% of Irish citizens want the divorce ban removed.
  • Weekend frosts caused worst grape disaster in France since 1945.  Bordeaux to have  50 % output. Pomerol and St. Emilion also hard hit and champaigne production to be down 33%. In Dordogne & Jura 100 percent of the vines have been damaged, Nantes (Muscadet) 95%, Cots de Saumier down est. 80-85%.  Prices going UP.

The Trip Home:

Flew Brussels to Chicago, but weather at destination was bad and we were low on fuel and were diverted to Billy Mitchell Field in Milwaukee, kept on plane 90 minutes while refueled, then we taxied out but Ohare closed again, so we shut down on the apron and waited. No smokes, not food, no booze, no sort drinks, no explanations, no choice, prisoners. Passengers near me asked our stew what was going on. She said, “I’m just a stewardess.” We arrived at Ohare after a 5-hour delay. The purser announces to the captive passengers, “This has not entirely been the fault of our company. I arrived home after midnight. My bags didn’t make it. I carried them through customs and passport control and apparently they are still in Chicago. The wonders of modern travel.


Another trip, this time to London from Brussels, Feb 4 – Feb 7 1992:

Flew to London this morning. Lunch of Fish and chips and a pint of bitters at the Gatwick Hilton. Trip notes:

  • Heard on the loudspeaker: Will the person who lost the blue teddy bear on the Transit contact Gate 37?
  • Also heard at Gatwick: Unattended luggage will be taken and immediately destroyed.
  • Sublime or bizarre, can’t decide: En Route, London to Minnie-polis, cruising at 35K over the vast white wastes of Greenland,  sipping Champaigne, Bach in my headset, uniformed servants hovering, soft blankie over my legs.
  • Glass of beer at Minneapolis airport is $4.65 a pop. Ridiculous. Welcome back to America.

And not to neglect domestic travel, To NYC, Sept 10-11, 1992: Trip notes:

  • Trip from airport is awful. Wx at LAG (LaGuardia) has traffic backed up. We had to orbit two hours before diverting to Allentown PA. Missed  our first approach there and had to go-around, no explanation offered by the flight crew. We landed on our second attempt and I noticed we have and crash and fire vehicles escort in to the parking area. We were told we will be bussed to NY LAG  , a 90-minute  jaunt when the  traffic is normal. Is it ever? Then takes 60 minutes by cab from airport to the  hotel in Manhattan. I left my house at 0630 for the 0715 flight and finally got to the hotel at 1800.
  • There was an open-bed deuce truck on Fifth Ave. young people sing rock over loudspeaker and keep chanting “Free concert.” Bike messengers veer in and out of traffic making we wonder about life expectancy and insurance coverage. Sign on side of a truck proclaims, “RISE ROBOTS, RISE.” I love New York 9 (sic)
  • Incas in Indiana Jones fedoras are playing electric flutes outside Barnes & Noble book store on Fifth Ave. An Italian kid in rumpled suit begs a cigarette from me. He has table of books on sidewalk. Hot sale, hot sale! Right. All I can think about it is the Incas, the final humiliation of the Great Empire of the Clouds, reduced to taking donations from passersby in front of the Pan Am Building.
  • At the Algonquin Hotel there is a gaggle of gussied-up Southin’ ladies “up to see the shows, Hon!”
  • The Hotel’s cat, Matilda is still on duty.
  • An Algonquin waiter laments, “This is hard on the legs. Five years until I have twenty, then I’ll so something else. I see all the whiteheads coming in and out. They all go crazy.” He waggles his finger at his temple.
  • No matter where you go in NYC you see only the superficial. Reality only pops through on occasion.
  • Sign for dog walkers at night: NO SCOOP? NO POOP. AND NO YIPPING TERRIERS.
  • There is exactly one-inch clearance between my door and my bed.
  • Koala Queen and I visit the Mayflower Hotel on CPW, Columbus Zoo honcho Jack Hannah is there with his female keeper entourage and they are just starting dinner at a huge round table in the dining room. They all have been served iced shrimp. One of the handlers escorts us up the elevator to a suite on the 14th As soon as the elevator door opens we are pummeled by the stench of wildness. Hannah will be on Good Morning America tomorrow morning. As soon as we step off the lift, we hear whistling. “Birds?” I ask. Says the keeper, “No, a pair of 18-month old mountains lions, brother and sister. Whistling pumas? Whowouldathunkit? The keeper adds, “This is how they communicate when they can’t see each other. There also is a 2-yr-old snow leopard, which garumphs for attention. Also on the floor: a Canadian Lynx,a bobcat, an orange and black cervil, which the keeper lets loose and which immediately runs wild. There is also a hairy rabbit and a lizard. Cats are raised in keeper’s homes, “But,” says the keeper,” you have to remember they are wild, not pets.” I wonder, why then raise them in homes? The cervil grabs a sheepskin pad from a purse, takes it to corner, knocks over a lamp, refuses to surrender its prize. Dawns on me something I once heard out west: “Only reason the cat don’t kill you is because you’re too big.
  • Sojourn to Orvis Shop on 45th. A Chilean man and son (10-12 ish) area trying to get advice on steel head fishing in South America. The man’s wife is a chemical blond, decked out in furs and sparkle-arkles She sits on a leather hamper bouncing her leg, bored.
  • Outside Orvis a wino sleeps on a subway grate (where heat rises). People step over and around him and nobody looks at him. Maybe they don’t see him?
  • Walk to book store, Brentanos. Only three copies of The Domino Conspiracy. I ask clerk, “Is it selling well?” Typical NY response. “We just got it? (Translation, “Fuck off!”)
  • At a project on East River Drive there is high school age football practice underway, mix-and-match uniforms, full equipment, Helmets all different colors. They are all working in an area 2 x 25 yards. Stones and trash on the ground. Tought to work on a passing game in such confines.
  • Airport travelers look at each other, but don’t talk.
  • “Beer is $5 a cup at La Guardia. There is tennis on three different TVs in the bar. Not one person is watching.


The Riddle of the Five-Legged Dog

Most of what’s in this  installment is taken from the blog of a friend of a friend. It begins with her asking how the reader feels about living in a post-truth era. She asks, “Are you convinced there are no such things as fact

This is a relevant discussion nowadays.

She tells us, “My father was no philosopher, but an engineer. A just-the-facts-kind of guy? Well he also had a fanciful side that came out in a long-running serial bedtime story about a family of squirrels, and he inclined enough toward dreams that he encouraged me for years to enter the Kentucky Club Tobacco contest to name a thoroughbred racehorse, and win the horse. That is, he was enough of a story-teller and dreamer that, when I was a child, we shared common loves and interests.”

She continues: “On the other hand he was a lifelong Republican and a proud army reserve officer, with very traditional conservative values, and our relationship grew strained during my adolescence. He was gung-ho for the war in Vietnam and adamantly opposed to th4e E.RA. So if he were still alive, where would he stand today?”

Her father delighted in doggerel and shaggy dog stories and riddles and one of his favorite riddles, sparking many riotous debates with his small daughters, was this puzzler.

Q. If you call a dog’s tail a leg, how many legs does the dog have?

“When we were little, my sisters and I readily feel for the trick question, eagerly shouting “Five!” Then came the implacable, rock-ribbed parental lesson.

A. The dog has four legs. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.

Long after my sister and I had ceased to be gullible enough to off the wrong answer, my father continued to trot out his old, tired riddle.

But here’s the thing. The answer never changes. The answer would not have changed even if my sisters and I had insisted for all those years that the tail was a leg and that the hypothetical dog in question, therefore, had five legs. We could have chanted in a deafening chorus ‘Five legs, five legs.’ It wouldn’t have made a difference.

Repetition would not have made the wrong answer right then, and it doesn’t make it right today. Calling a tail a leg does not make it a leg. Repeating a lie as the truth does not make it true, no matter how many times you tell the lie, no matter how long and loudly you shout and chant and intoxicate yourself.”

I agree with my friend’s friends’ thoughts, but I also know that whoever issues the first lie and gets it into the mass media is likely to have that lie accepted as truth, (or fact) and not much can be done to undo the damage.  Most of my life news was considered to be facts: Who, what, when, where, why, and how. Now we have false news sites parading fantasies as facts. No big deal? Think again.  Not many days ago some jamokey-dope from North Carolina with a rifle went into a Washington DC pizza joint and touched off a round. He was there to investigate, he told cops. False news reports claimed Hillary Clinton was running a child sex ring out of the pizza place. Sad comment on our times, but we’ve had this stuff around for years – think National Enquirer, think Jerry Springer, etc. Those things were meant to be  laughers and now similar things seem to be at the center of an information shift  — meaning  whatever gets dumped into the fecal mixing bowl of the Internet must be true.  It ain’t so.

Thanks to Laurie Darlin’ for sending this stuff along to me.


Book Signing, Kazoo Books, 1-2:30 P.M. Saturday Dec. 10, 2016

7th Annual Author Hop & Merry Mitten Holiday Event

socializing-at-the-author-hopOur biggest event of the year! Meet area authors, chat over refreshments, pick up a new book (signed books make great gifts!). Mystery, memoir, contemporary fiction and local history will all be represented. Children’s authors & Illustrators will take over our annex for a concurrent Merry Mittens event in conjunction with the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators).

This year’s confirmed authors include Mark Nepo, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Joe Heywood and Kelly Fordon. We are also featuring children’s book authors and illustrators: Ruth Barshaw, Leslie Helakowski, Kristen Remenar, Matt Faulkner and more. Author Hop is an day long, multi-genre open house author event held annually at Kazoo Books’ Parkview location. Complementary groups of regional authors take to the floor in shifts, mingling and participating in casual Q&A. Readers get the opportunity to chat with their favorite authors as well as exposure to new work relevant to their interests. Over the years, Author Hop has been enormously successful, bringing in visitors from all over country. Kazoo Books is located at 2413 Parkview Avenue, Kalamazoo, (269) 553-6506.

Hope to see fans there.  Merry Christmas. Over.

Note to Self, Outside New York is China

Portage, December 5, 2016: From the Author’s Journals, Oct 23-25, 1987.  My Editor, Joe Fox, wanted me to fly to Houston for  the city’s annual Authors’ Dinner.  On Random House’s dime, natch.  I agreed and one of the Random House people called to “help with arrangements.”

The Random House  facilitaor asked if I preferred to fly through Chicago or Detroit to get to Houston?

“Dayton,” I told her.

Silence on the other end. “The Dayton near Ohio?”

“No, the Dayton IN Ohio.” Outside New York is China.

“Okay, Kalamazoo (it’s real is it?) to Dayton. Then where?”

“Yes ma’am,  Kalamazoo is real. Dayton to Houston and that would be the Houston  NEAR Texas.”

Snigger. “I know Houston,” she chirps. “It’s IN Texas.”

Bravo. Thus endeth the exchange. Two weeks later, the tickets arrived with this route: Kalamazoo-Dayton-Atlanta-Houston. I called the facilitator at Random House. “Uh why Atlanta?”

“There are no directs from Dayton so we had to put you through Atlanta. No directs from Dayton? Our Chemical Division people were using just this connected almost daily. “It’s in Georgia,” she added.

I asked, “What about Dallas?”

“That’s not in Georgia.”

“Yes-ma’am, I know that. It’s in Texas.”

“I don’t get it,” she said, her voice betraying practiced patience, here a person who is accustomed to dealing with and “handling” authors..

“Houston is in Texas,” I told her, hoping she’d make the Dallas and Houston connection all on her own.

“You told me that last time,” she said.

“Houston, TEXAS. Dallas TEXAS. Get it?”

Long pause, caution in  her voice when it finally issued. “The  SAME Texas?”


She asked, very tentatively, “So, you want to go from Atlanta to Dallas to Houston?”

“No. Dayton to Dallas to Houston.”

“But there are no directs from Dayton to Houston.”

“That’s why I’ll go through Dallas.” Outside NY is China.

I ended up flying Kalamazoo to Dayton to Atlanta to Houston. You can argue with ignorant, but you can’t change what it is.

Someone in Dayton had scratched on the wall over the sinks, “Yolanda go back to Texas you Bitch.” I wondered if Yolanda had come north to Dayton through Atlanta. It never hurts to ask questions even when answers don’t exist.

This past summer Joe Fox (my editor at Random House) and I spent a week in the Upper Peninsula, which to the uninitiated is somewhat like West Texas, more space than people, weather so poor nobody ever bothers to talk about it anymore. The night before last they had 12 inches of snow. In August is was 90; people sat on their porches holding ice cubes in their hands, not to cool off, but as some kind of amulets.

We spent the night talking about Indians, gambled in a casino with Canadians, a place run by the Soo Tribe of Chippewas (which in their tongue translates to “original” or “spontaneous man.”) There is nothing spontaneous in outcomes in a casino. All the dealers were blond, naturally or chemically. We drank Jack Daniels from tin cups every day at 5 p.m., kept to  two-tracks and tote roads.

Fox said,  “Let’s talk about Native Americans.”

I said, they  refer to themselves as Indians.”

He was astonished. In New York they’re always called Native Americans.”

Outside NY is China. “Because those in NY using that term haven’t bothered to look past the Hudson River. When we reached the Soo I took him past the  main tribal office for the Soo Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

“Amazing,” he said, and laughed.

All that week we meandered with intent and without  plan. I fished small creeks for brook trout. Fox sat in the Bronco scratching at the manuscript  that a father  has written about his chess prodigy son.

We had Jack in Tin Cups at five sharp daily.

We stayed  one night at the Falls Hotel in Newberry, the hotel a  leftover from logging days. We sat in the bar with some orderlies and nurses from the State Hospital and watched the Tigers on TV . The game went poorly. The Tiger short-reliever came up short; the drinking crowd decided to drive to Detroit to break one of the manager’s fingers – a mild yet emphatic reminder  to never use “Willie” again. I gave them a $20 and told them to break two – for emphasis.

One night I fished the Fox until dark. That old faker Hemingway called the Fox the Big Two Hearted, but  the actual Two Hearted is 50 miles NE crow-fly from Seney, where Fox and I were.  Hem was just trying to hide the real location. He never willingly gave up such secrets. Hem made out the river to be wide and clear. He was half-right. It’s narrow, overgrown with bank tag-alders and the water, though clear, was stained by tannin from tamaracks all along the river.

That night, having a second round of Jack after I came back to the truck from fishing (released several small ones), Fox asks, “Are there bears around here?”

“Probably,” I said. We were standing outside the truck near a river floodplain, a favored travel route for bears.

“Shouldn’t we be goingm” Fox asked, “instead of standingout here in the dark?”

“Nah we’re good. These’re  blackies –like big dogs – and they’re skittish and don’t eat Ford Broncos.”

“How big are these animals?”

“Up to five or six hundred pounds, but usually a lot smaller than that.”

“I’ve never seen a five hundred pound dog.”

Outside New York is China.

Joe Fox died after our second book together. Still miss you, Keed. That’s how he always referred to me, Keed this and Keed that. I was in my early 40s.  He was one of a kind a good guy and a no bullshit, hands-on line editor, a dinosaur. I’ve had a lucky life and it’s filled with dinosaurs and one-of-a-kinds.


Firearm Deer Season Ends Not with a Bang, But With You Know…

MSP Post in Coldwater, this the only photo in the blog and here strictly to make the point about how much cooperation goes on among law enforcement agencies at least at local levels.
MSP Post in Coldwater, this the only photo in the blog and here strictly to make the point about how much cooperation goes on among law enforcement agencies at least at local levels.

A pizza.  Say again? Seriously, a pizza, sort of.

It is Wednesday, November 3, 2016,  the final day of the two-week Michigan  firearm deer season.CO Jeff Goss and I had just run a little trespass surveillance ferreting drill and went to a farm to talk to some probably suspects. As the interview progressed we heard a shot at 1730 hours and another at 1736. Since legal shooting ends in Calhoun Co on Nov 30 at 1731, that tardy shot was of some interest and it was relatively close and we had a pretty good fix on both direction and proximity (close, not far). Pinpointing shots at night is not an easy skill to master and it is one where more than one set of ears is better than one. Jeff terminated the interview and we rolled toward the sound and found us a POAL spot (Pull Over And Listen) and tucked our nose into a soybean field, where a doe grazed not 20 yards away. She was resolute and un-spooked by us standing near her. To hear shots it is best to be outside the truck when they happen. By 1745 hours, no further shots were heard and we jumped into the truck (Jeff jumps in; I clamber). We do have a solid fix on the 1730 shot, which was dicey light-wise, but legal and we went to look into that and as we circumnavigated the are we spotted headlights in the woods and pulled over and sat dark and watched a vehicle make its way out of the forest and when we saw where it was headed, we drove to the farm and talked to two men, an adult grandson (active military) and grandpa. The older man was distinctly unhappy to see us and immediately launched into an attack on license prices and how they are driving people out of hunting. Never mind that a CO has nothing to do with licensing pricing, he or she is the point person for taking the publics verbal kicks. Jeff let him vent and then asked, “Did one of you take a shot at 5:30?”

Grandson pointed at Grandad, who said something to the effect that “There were eight deer in front of me and one was a crippled or gimpy doe and I took a shot and missed.”

The point of shooting at gimpy doe seems sort of odd, but Jeff asks, “What time was that?”

Grandpa: “I could still see.”

Both Jeff and I think, “Right. So could we at that time but it was pretty dim light and the deer would have to be close. Jeff checks hunting licenses for both men and they are copacetic and we move on.

But before moving on, let’s backup. I met my partner at his home at 12:30 and he checked into service around 1300 and I loaded my gear in his Silverado, gave him a pound of frozen Michigan elk burger to make into elk-cheese sticks and we headed out and immediately made contact with two youngish men with an 8- point buck in the bed of a truck. I was tagged and in the course of hearing the hunting story (you always heart that) we got a tip that there was possible trespass hunting taking place on a property the two men identified for us. One of this pair, I would mention, once did jail time for beating a cop so badly that the police officer was forced to retire for medical reasons. Jeff has never had a problem with the person in questions, but he knows his history. Often when COs contact people in the field they don’t know anything until they run operators licenses and hunting licenses only then to discover an individual has warrants for his arrest (Jeff had one guy with 15 warrants that he arrested during a Belle Isle patrol), or worse an Officer Safety Caution, which may be only that, or may be more specific and instruct officers to never contact the individual in question alone or with fewer than two (sometimes three) law enforcement officers present. Good reminder that every stop, until you analyze and assess what you’re actually dealing with, circumstances can be potentially lethal.  Every contact is a dice game and it ‘s a matter of good officer safety procedure to enter every contact with such a mindset.

Leaving this pair, Jeff said we had a busy agenda for the day with some very good cases developing and he started briefing me on them, one by one, including a man who posted a couple of nice buck photos on Social Media and made the point of remarking his Michigan tags were filled so he would have to travel to another state in order to keep hunting, and he named the state. My partner then came into information that the man subsequently killed a  9-point buck (if memory serves me) and that he was telling friends he shot it in the state he had named previously. Jeff called a CO friend in that state, who checked their version of Michigan’s retail sales system and the subject had not bought a license in the state at issue. After the third buck was shot the subject began sharing photographs and Jeff began reaching to other information sources. Jeff felt like he had enough evidence for a search warrant for the subject’s phone and to be sure he wanted to play what he had off one of the county’s assistant prosecutors, to whom he then placed a call as we proceeded to the Coldwater Michigan State Police Post. Last Friday night Jeff arrested a man who shot a big buck without buying a license and then called his daughter to buy one for him, which he then used to tag the buck and take it to a processor, which is where Jeff found it and looking back in RSS and seeing that the daughter had never bought a license, he was suspicious so he went to the man’s house and he confessed and also gave Jeff permission to search his cell phone. The man then signed a property transfer form (it may have another name) and Jeff took the phone to the Troops on Monday to download for him. Today we headed to the post to fetch the phone, so we could return it to the owner sometime during our shift. (I mean, a modern man NEEDS his cellphone, right?)

En route to the Troop post, Jeff placed a call to an assistant prosecutor (APA)

It took 45 minutes at the Troop post and by the time we rolled on, still no call-back from the APA.

As soon as we are moving again we have calls from confidential informants on several cases and a couple of contacts with other conservation officers. At one point Jeff contacts CO Try Ludwig in Eaton County about a possible case up there (two deer shot without licenses) and he sends photos of the deer via E-mail so Troy can take it from there. Also we contact Station 20 and ask their specialists to help us identify an unknown man in a photo with a very large deer. Still no call from the APA, so Jeff decides to call again and this time gets an APA who tells him, “I’ll call you back in three minutes.” Which she does. Jeff then lays out his case and what he has: photos, various text, hunt in another state, but no license in that state and other evidence. She listens and tells him she wants more. She does not say how much more, or what might be more compelling than what he already has and this response for search warrant for the phone being rejected pretty much puts this case on the shelf until he can think through his evidence tactics and strategies.

All of this done, we headed for our trespass complaint and property, a mile or so from the Kalamazoo County border and did our drill there, with Jeff the dog in the field and me the spotter with glasses to see if he flushed any human birds off the property in questions. He did flush some deer, but no humans and here we began the blog and are now leaving the house where granpa missed the gimpy doe.

We drive to the home of the man whose phone we have and he is not there. Neither is his truck, which is interesting. See, he’s suspended and can’t drive. Jeff calls his daughter (the one who bought a deer license for dad) and she doesn’t know where he is but has an alternate cell phone number which no-one answers. Jeff calls the woman back and asks her to tell her dad to call Jeff. He has dad’s phone but doesn’t’ want to make the long drive to return it until dad’s there. She said she will.

From here we pop in on a processor, but his biz is slow, only three deer in three days, two does and a buck. We check paperwork and look at some buck heads. The one buck which came in has a strange flat antler set with a small paddle on one end the whole thing looking like an elephant or dinosaur sat on the buck’s head.

We leave the processor and head south for a rendezvous with Jeff’s partner CO Jason McCullough and other COs at Pizza Hut in Coldwater – sort of a lower Michigan rendition of a UP officers’ post deer season “feed.” Such get-togethers are good for morale, stories and trading information and coordinating. Jason is acting sergeant for one of District 8’s (D8) areas and has put this together. I get to meet and dine with Jeff and Jason. I knew and worked with Jason before he transferred to Calhoun, Jeff, and Troy Ludwig (Eaton), Chris Reynolds (Hillsdale), Carter Woodwyck (Hillsdale), and Isaac Tyson (Branch).

They are a lively group, all tired from a long strange deer season and looking forward to some pass days (DNR jargon for days off).  The firearm deer season ended at 1731 tonight. On Friday it’s opening day for black powder deer season and after that comes late archery season and late antlerless firearm season and when it’s finally all over around the new year, there will have been some kind of deer hunting in the state since mid-September.

Given my low (mostly no) fat diet since my gall bladder was yanked in late September, I’m still off pizza so I order a chicken Caesar salad, which takes forever to come and when it does, it’s a different salad, but the manager says, “no charge.” I managed to eat about 4 oz of cluck-meat in the salad and some lettuce.

After dinner we said our goodbyes and Jeff and I headed west and north. En route we spied one brief light sweep some tree tops and we stopped but saw no more and continued on our way. (It’s a lot more difficult to pinpoint light sources at night in the woods and fields than one might think).

Part of our dinner was taken up with a conversation among officers concerning dealings with the Amish communities in various counties. The Amish, as I understand it, are divided into local bishoprics, and in each of these organizational units the bishop’s word is final.  Some bishops, it turns out, not just in Michigan, but in states all around the U.S. are saying it is a violation of their religious beliefs to wear hunter (international/blaze) orange. Case law around the country does not agree with this and points out that hunting is voluntary, and not a religious  undertaking, and that wearing orange is a matter of safety concerning that voluntary activity individuals choose to pursue. Case law aside, some prosecutors in the state abide by bishops’ rulings. In one county there was a PA who was not honoring tickets to Amish hunters not wearing orange until shown photographs of the same Amish people wearing hunter orange life vests in fishing boats. The policy then changed. This Amish  dispute is a good reminder of the wide range of social issues that conservation officers and other law enforcement personnel must contend with. It was a good discussion  among thoughtful men who have to handle such  squishy circumstances.

It was going on 2300 when I loaded my gear back into my truck and headed for home in the drizzle, which would turn to snow spits this morning. Home at midnight. Shakspder greeted me like his long lost quill had been found and he could get back to work.

Black powder season starts on Friday. Hunters and COs alike pray for snow to assist tracking. Being able to follow wounded deer reduces the number of wounded animals left to die slowly.

Back to manuscript.  If you’re still hunting, be safe. Over