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As you might imagine, I often hear from wannabe professional writers who have finished a book-length project and are horrified to discover that getting it published is harder than writing the damn thing. (They think I can help them — ha!) I offer them the sagest bit of wisdom I possess, which is that perseverance counts more than talent. A harsh message perhaps, but essential to incorporate in your world-view if you want to take up the vocation.

I came by this knowledge the hard way, having been fucked around by morons in the publishing industry my whole career — not to put too fine a point on it. If you can’t suck up endless adversity and carry on with the task at hand, then culinary school is probably a better career path for you. It’s especially troublesome if you produce something original, something that doesn’t fit into a tried-and-true marketing template. There is surely an inverse relationship between originality and success in mainstream publishing. Go ask Herman Melville.

The truth is, you are producing work that nobody asked for and that no one especially cares about. You have to grind away at this lonely business day-after-day to get the job done. The only thing that avails to keep you going is your own conviction that it is worth doing. Thus, the second morsel of wisdom I offer wannabes is to give up seeking validation from friends and relatives. I never ask friends to read my works-in-progress. If nothing else, reading loose manuscript pages is a pain in the ass. And most of the people I know spend so much time working in front of a video screen that the last thing they want to do is read your novel on a computer at home. As for mom and dad, they are understandably terrified that they will turn up as odious characters in the pages of your book, and in my case they often did. So I actually hoped they wouldn’t even crack one of my books open in the aisle of Brentanos. Happily, I have no evidence they ever read my published works.

Now that the book industry is whirling around the drain, like the music business before it, managing a career in letters is harder than ever. Publishers grow desperate and therefore only interested in works that seem like absolutely sure things — preferably books by celebrities with a TV-based following. They are, least of all, serious about literature these days (if such a quaint term is still comprehensible). For them, it’s down to throwing spaghetti at the wall to see if it’ll stick. There must be another way… and I was forced to find it.

I finished my latest “book” project last year around Halloween. In late December, my publisher turned it down. I’d been with The Atlantic Monthly Press, part of the Grove-Atlantic group, for seven books, starting with The Long Emergency. There was a story in my landing there. In 2004, my then-agent didn’t want to even bother trying to sell The Long Emergency. It was “too dark,” he said. This left me no choice but to drop the guy. On my own I tried to interest a half-dozen other experienced agents. They wrinkled their noses. So, I sent the manuscript out to two editors who had expressed some interest in my work over the years. The first guy, Daniel Menaker at Harper Collins, had a snit when he learned I’d made a multiple submission — a no-no for authors in those days — and told me to get lost. The second guy, the editor-in-chief at Grove Atlantic, Morgan Entrekin, offered me a contract. The Long Emergency turned out to be my best-selling book.

They eventually published my four-book World Made By Hand series of novels about life in a small New England town after the sort of economic collapse I described in The Long Emergency, a natural progression for me. I sensed they were none too happy about the project, but perhaps the chance that the series might be picked up by a cable network kept them on the line. My advances sank with each book. In any case, they never offered a kind word (e.g. “Hey, nice job… I enjoyed it….”). They did absolutely nothing in the way of marketing the books. So, when I handed in A Safe and Happy Place last year, they dumped me just in time for Christmas. My current agent didn’t want to try to sell it elsewhere, either. He said it was “off my brand” of hard-hitting polemical non-fiction and no other publisher would want it.

So I decided to publish it myself on Amazon, the arch-enemy of the mainstream publishers and booksellers. I enjoy writing fiction and believe that I do it pretty well, and I intend to persevere at it. I’m not convinced that the long-form work of fiction packaged as a novel will continue to exist as a literary artifact a whole lot longer — it is mainly a product of the past two centuries, which featured great advances in printing and the arrival of a middle-class with leisure time that could be filled with literature — but the novel is not quite dead yet. Anyway, human beings do like stories, whether printed and bound, played upon a stage or screen, or told around the campfire. We like to hear how the rest of the human race is doing.

And so here is A Safe and Happy Place, my story about a hippie commune in Vermont in the 1960s, an era which, all of a sudden, is now a half century ago — meaning the misty, distant past. Why did I decide to write the story of the Sunrise Village commune from a young woman’s point-of-view? Because I hadn’t done anything like it before. It was an interesting challenge, and with all the attention these days on the grievances of women, I wanted to create a plausible heroine who was not a complainer or a sap or a doormat or a designated victim, but a fully imagined capable person without an annoying ideological agenda.

I knew that a lot of people would bristle at the attempt — as if I lacked the credentials to try such a stunt. And, who knows, it may be a reason that my publisher dumped it and me in this idiotically hyper-politicized moment in history. Anyway, I feel that I successfully channeled my narrator, Erica “Pooh” Bollinger from the first sentence, and she lived in my head vividly until the job was done. And now I rather miss communing with her every day. In case you’re wondering, I did not suffer any personal gender confusion in the process.

I liked Pooh more and more the deeper I got into the story — her pluck, her common sense, her humor, her skepticism, her moral compass. The things that came out of her mouth often surprised me. I enjoyed imagining the male-female dynamics of young love from a point-of-view different from my own cis-het-white-privilege bunker. Forgive me for saying it wasn’t that difficult. Sure, men and women are different, but they operate in the same universe and are programmed for a similar menu of emotions. Mostly, I was rooting for Pooh to come through her adventure safely and happily, and in the course of 368 pages she is transformed from a troubled teen to a confident and autonomous adult.

In real life, that journey for me was rather difficult, and that liminal period of development — what we simply call “growing up” — is one of the themes I find myself returning to in my fiction. It also happened that I was there, I was in college through the heart of the hippie era, I saw a great deal of the action — though I skipped Woodstock, thank you very much (crowds were not my thing). I never lived on a commune, but I visited several of them and saw how they operated. I was susceptible to the military draft, but I enjoyed a student deferment from 1966 to 1970, when they instituted the draft lottery, and then I drew nearly the highest number, 353 — nobody above 100 was drafted in the last five years of the Vietnam War.

Like Pooh, I was not entirely on-board with everything about hippie culture. A lot of it was just plain creepy to me. The radical politics of the day seemed nascently despotic to me. I was not into group gropes or spookish oriental mysticism. I went pretty light on the drugs. My “trip” was mostly being an observer of my times. I was interested in trying to understand it all. As it happens, Pooh’s story ends in 1968, before events like the Charlie Manson murders and the fiasco at the Altamont Music Festival drove the Age of Aquarius into darkness. A few years after that, I was working as a professional journalist.

The differences in generational behavior then and now — 1967 to 2017 — seem much less marked than the differences between 1967 and what went before. College kids today can still recite the lyrics to Beatles songs, and quite a few of them affect hippie-ish garb and long hair. When I was a sophomore in 1967, I couldn’t have told you the title of a single pop song hit of the 1920s, and we sure didn’t wear raccoon coats. We didn’t have computers, iPhones, Facebook or even answering machines in 1967, but we managed to find other ways to network, spread the “underground” news, and goof off with friends and lovers. The radical politics of the 1960s had the basic aim of ending a stupid war; today’s campus politics seem bent on starting one. Both styles of youthful idealism had and have their shortcomings, I suppose, and beyond the narrow realm of politics lies the greater magic of emerging into adulthood in this complicated world, with all its joys and sorrows. The 1960s was the time of my coming into personhood, and I wanted a fresh way of presenting the experience in fiction. Hence: Pooh Bollinger.

Authors don’t usually tell you this much about how they came to write a book, but I thought you’d be interested in how and why I decided to self-publish A Safe and Happy Place on Amazon. It’s my way of saying that I intend to persevere. I believe readers will enjoy the journey. If you do happen to like it, write a review on Amazon — it actually helps a lot. And a very big thanks to my Patreon contributors who made it possible to write this book in the absence of a publisher’s advance.

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329 Responses to “My New Book: A Safe and Happy Place”

  1. seawolf77 May 15, 2017 at 9:05 am #

    I think you realize as I did that the publishing business has changed completely, as you point out in very similar ways to the music business. I’m getting ready to publish my first novel and it is terribly exciting. I recommend Skip Jack Publishing. She has developed a methodology for authors that is pretty good. Using Bookfunnel, you give your first book away, and in return you get an email address. This is the key to online marketing. The second book, you send out a mass emailing to these people. Statistics show that you will get between 4 and 8 % of those on the list to but your next book. Repeat ad nauseum. Ultimately the email list will be your prize. The bigger it gets, the larger number that 4 to 8% becomes. If your writing is good, it will eventually get noticed.

    • ffkling May 15, 2017 at 5:56 pm #


      The cancer President Trump is working overtime to destroy America’s last virgin wilderness areas. First on the chopping block is Bears Ears National Monument in Utah as a thank you to his Mormon supporters and a stick up the ass of the Native American tribes who want this sacred land protected.

      I hate the guy and his Republican enablers.

      • Timo May 15, 2017 at 7:07 pm #

        Thanks for expressing your hate, which is obviously very important to you. I hope that my having been exposed to it is therapeutic for you.

        Speaking for myself (a lifelong registered Democrat, like all of my ancestors – none of whom were haters of any stripe) I dislike all of the wealthy predators who live off the carrion of our republic and its treasury, Billary included.

        And I learned from whoever hacked ‘my’ DNC that it had planned to sandbag Sanders for his Jewishness/agnosticism/atheism – that sort of stuck in my craw. I’m eternally grateful to whomever revealed this information to me.

        So, rather than go to the polls with a clothespin on my nose (AGAIN) I sat out a presidential election for the first time in my life last November – as so many of your fellow party members (I assume) did as well (or voted the other way) which is why we now have The Frito as POTUS.

        Ah well, at least we’re not in the land war with Russia that Billary had declared with her no-fly zone promise – and we don’t have to worry about sticky cigars and sticky blue dresses in the White House, either. So last century!

        It has been said that hatred is a kind of cancer that, like cancer, eventually kills its host. But by all means keep nurturing your hatred – it will no doubt prove useful to you on some mew target, long after the Frito is history.

        • Janos Skorenzy May 15, 2017 at 7:11 pm #

          Frito? You have a problem with hatred too.

          • Timo May 15, 2017 at 7:58 pm #

            A term of endearment. What do you think his quiff looks like? Don’t tell me that you’re working for the hate police too? If so, as the Divine Ronnie said: “There you go again”.

            A plague on both their houses, I say (not hatefully, but with no respect whatsoever, as I PAY THEM!).

      • Janos Skorenzy May 15, 2017 at 7:09 pm #

        All Land is sacred to somebody. If we indulge the Indians (not Native Americans – Whites are the Native Americans) completely, we’ll have to leave North America.

        • Timo May 15, 2017 at 8:17 pm #

          Oh no – Arabs will certainly be allowed to stay on welfare.

        • shabbaranks May 16, 2017 at 11:27 am #

          Finally, someone hits the target. Enough talk about “sacred lands.” That is merely an intellectual fiction.

    • Timo May 15, 2017 at 7:50 pm #

      Thanks to James from this sometime writer (of memoirs) who fantasizes of being published. Good advice to help me stay motivated and dream on!


  2. Walter B May 15, 2017 at 9:13 am #

    Good for you Jim, screw the “system”, it exists only for its own propagation and cares not for us, the fodder that feeds its furnaces. My daughter self published a few books herself on Amazon and it worked out well enough for her, I am familiar with the method, it has merit in these “modern” times. I hope that for you as an accomplished and followed author this works out very well indeed. I read the excerpt that I received and am going to check it out myself as it will be interesting to see a view of that era or ours from a different perspective than the one I had as it played out. I don’t know if Battenkill Books will have the autographed copies that I have been spoiled by so far, but if they do not I will pick one up on Amazon instead.

    Yes sir, your works are far too “dark”, sort of like the future that now unfolds around us. Apparently with humanity, as is the case with sleepwalkers, it is best not to wake them. Falling down the stairs or wandering into traffic is a far better end apparently. Besides, the sphincters of those who remain asleep are far easier to assail for sport and profit and it makes for far easier work for those that hunt us. Many will be called, but few will be awakened. Natural selection must be allowed to play out or the solution cannot occur.

  3. hmuller May 15, 2017 at 9:19 am #

    So now you’re writing books from a woman’s perspective?! Next, you’ll feel entitled to wear your hair in corn rows (if you had any hair) You are a typical, larcenous, white, European male expropriating other people’s cultural heritage. You must be banned from ever speaking or even appearing on a campus.
    (Yes, that was sarcasm)

    • Beryl of Oyl May 15, 2017 at 10:56 am #

      You are going to love this. Outside a sporting goods/outdoor equipment mega store, a parking space somewhat closer to the entrance, with a sign, Reserved for Expecting Mothers.
      Not sure what an expecting mother is, but I’m thinking any woman so heavily pregnant she has difficulty walking from the parking lot, isn’t going to find it crucial to stop by a place selling cheap fishing lures and kayaks.

      • Timo May 15, 2017 at 8:14 pm #

        Depends – she could be looking for a new FGM tool.

      • Timo May 15, 2017 at 8:19 pm #

        You should change your moniker to Beryl of Olive Oyl!

        Love, Popeye

    • routersurfer May 15, 2017 at 5:10 pm #

      With the correct cream your itch can be cured and you MAY regain some balance in your thinking. Damn, that Dr. King for talking about ALL GOD’S CHILDREN. The faker only had the RIGHT to speak as a Black man.

    • Timo May 15, 2017 at 8:13 pm #

      And funny – you almost got my goose! Tx

  4. robert magill May 15, 2017 at 9:21 am #

    I am told by the Amazon online police I must change my password after 15+ years. Like hell I will . i have a little book full of changed passwords and IDs and I won’t add another.
    If you can find a way I’ll gladly buy your latest tome
    Robert Magill

    • RobH May 15, 2017 at 9:46 am #

      You could open a new second account with your old password

      Or, maybe, depending on their system, change the password on your account and change it back again. I don’t know if Amazon recognises previously used passwords

      You could use another existing password from your book?

      How about use Apple Keychain, or equivalent to remember all your passwords

      Sorry. I seem to be pushing for a sale for Jim ?

    • malthuss May 15, 2017 at 10:15 am #

      Quite a blog you have, Magill.

      Amazon is the enemy. That being noted, I do use the site a bit.


    • themetalmystic May 15, 2017 at 10:43 am #

      Hi Mr. Magill –

      There is a great program you can use to manage your logins and passwords. If and when you create a new account on line it will help you generate a very strong password. It runs as a plugin to all browsers. You only have to remember one password – the password for the program.

      It is call 1Password. http://www.1password.com.

      Give it a whirl and see if it makes your life of digital account/password management a lot easier. For me, it did just that.

      Kind Regards!

      • Timo May 15, 2017 at 9:48 pm #

        None of your business.

    • routersurfer May 15, 2017 at 5:11 pm #

      Change it every 60 days for your safety. Trust me.

  5. malthuss May 15, 2017 at 9:24 am #

    perseverance counts more than talent. —Yes, it is in the marketing of a product.

    Is there much money in writing books that dont reach the NYT list?
    What did ‘The Long Emergency’ make its author? How much money?


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    • ozone May 15, 2017 at 11:58 am #

      “What did ‘The Long Emergency’ make its author? How much money?”

      Is this line of questioning not considered ‘extremely rude’ where you come from?

    • Marlon Perkins May 15, 2017 at 7:41 pm #

      Your link isn’t related to your post and got me booted off this site.

      Your post implies that information about how much money an author might make is found at the link.

      The link leads to yet another mediocre blab channel featuring a you tube “Silver Report.”

      Sad shit,

    • Timo May 15, 2017 at 9:47 pm #

      None of your business.

  6. messianicdruid May 15, 2017 at 9:29 am #

    I made myself another 3×5 card with “perseverance counts more than talent”, which certainly applies to me.

    Thanks for the reprieve.

  7. malthuss May 15, 2017 at 9:40 am #



    The mayor of Charlottesville, Va., condemned Saturday night’s demonstration by a large group of torch-bearing white nationalists who were protesting the removal of statues honoring Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.

    “This event involving torches at night in Lee Park was either profoundly ignorant or was designed to instill fear in our minority populations in a way that hearkens back to the days of the KKK,” Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer said in a statement. “Either way, as mayor of this city, I want everyone to know this: We reject this intimidation. We are a welcoming city, but such intolerance is not welcome here.”

    “I think it’s horrific,” Signer told ABC News. “We’re a city that proudly values our diversity.”

    According to the Daily Progress, a local newspaper, several dozen protesters gathered in the park around 9 p.m. carrying torches and chanting, “You will not replace us,” “Blood and soil” and “Russia is our friend.”

    A spokesman for the Charlottesville Police Department told Yahoo News that the first responding officer on the scene “observed 100 to 150 people in the park, many of whom were carrying tiki-style torches.” The officer said that several members of the large group were arguing with single male who was yelling at them “to leave my town.” The officer began telling the group to leave the park, and “as additional units arrived, all parties involved began to leave the park without incident.”

    No assaults, injuries or damage to the park were reported, and no arrests were made.

    • Walter B May 15, 2017 at 10:55 am #

      There may have been no damage or no violence but the protesters made the fatal mistake of bringing FIRE with them. Fire frightens primitive cave dwellers. Those leaping tongues of demon flames sends those who cannot think fleeing for the exits with their arms over their heads, squealing for the darkness and comfort of the caves in which they cower. For every one all of mankind’s “advancements” there are many steps backward into primordial malaise.

      • routersurfer May 15, 2017 at 5:41 pm #

        Nice line of thinking Walter B!

    • Janos Skorenzy May 15, 2017 at 3:43 pm #

      Check out the picture – very beautiful. Richard Spencer is a beautiful man, with the soul of a poet. He is a figure head though. He cannot lead us because he believes in a kind of Civic Nationalism, not White Nationalism per se.


    • Timo May 15, 2017 at 8:23 pm #

      And, Malthus? Is the problem too many mouths to feed? – or shut up?

  8. RobH May 15, 2017 at 9:50 am #

    I was just reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, which made me google the author. I read the obituary. He sent it to 120 publishers. The 121st took it

    I don’t know about Amazon and whether their contract is exclusive. I do buy books from Apple, and for those I may only read once or twice, I think eBooks are ideal. Reference works or hobby books are nice in print

    • routersurfer May 15, 2017 at 5:52 pm #

      Had not thought of that book in decades! The library in JAX still buys new books and even fills requests. I have asked for a number of books and the did add them. E books are great and I love them. Nothing is better then seeing a bookshelf of loved books signed by author. By first was HIROSHIMA. JHK the most space on that book case. Will download and start reading his most recent today. I found JHK by the cover of THE LONG EMERGENCY. Nice job on cover. That book and Too Much are much loved. Working thru his cannon. Peace.

  9. Bro Jobe May 15, 2017 at 9:50 am #

    It ticks me off to no end that Atlantic did not promote your novels. The World Made By Hand books have entertained and frightened several friends to whom I have recommended them.

    That is a hard balance to strike when the scare is set in a world we know well and does not involve the living dead.

    I’ve long felt the series would make a few TV series on a cable channel; the broadcast networks would make a dumbed-down hash of it. The story is certainly superior, and far more credible, than NBC’s after-the-lights-go-out “Revolution.”

    Too dark? What the hell is wrong with agents today? Our culture loves dark tales, and “Game of Thrones” is no walk in the park on a sunny day.

    So good luck! I’ll be picking up your book at Amazon. There’s not a lot of contemporary fiction I read, so I’ve turned back to Willa Cather, Joseph Conrad, and similar writers who could still assume a decently educated middle-class readership and challenge them with a good story.

    • malthuss May 15, 2017 at 10:10 am #

      I liked ‘TLE’ so I bought ‘WMBH’ but did not like the novel.

    • Janos Skorenzy May 15, 2017 at 2:17 pm #

      They love it because they can work all kinds of subversive themes into it. Besides Gay sex and Femimism, there is Danaerys is building up an army of Zombies and Browns to invade the West.

    • routersurfer May 15, 2017 at 5:53 pm #

      Well said.

  10. kimmasad01 May 15, 2017 at 10:16 am #

    Good luck with your new book. I will grab my dictionary and read it.

    Btw, my daughter’s name is Pooh.

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    • Timo May 15, 2017 at 9:43 pm #

      Change it, so she doesn’t have to, if it’s not too late.

  11. DA May 15, 2017 at 10:22 am #

    Thanks for the personal reflections, Jim. Very insightful stuff. So basically, if you’re an average Jim, Joe, or Janet and enjoy writing and don’t want to put yourself through the capitalist wringer, you’re better off hosting your own blog and/or commenting on others’. You’ll make just as much money (none) and suffer about equal amounts of derision and scorn, but at least you’ll be free to say what you want to say in pretty much any form you want to say it. I’ve long suspected as much. With all the MSM disinformation washing around these days, we’ve finally reached total information overload.

    • seawolf77 May 15, 2017 at 1:39 pm #

      There’s no money in blogs. Occasionally some like Huffington Post make it big, but I still don’t see paying what it sold for. Books are the shit. If you find a niche, it can be very lucrative. They become like properties generating passive income forever. When you write to market, there’s a chance for a movie deal as well. The thing is you have to develop your craft. But once you learn to outline, write simple declarative sentences, steal from the greats and edit ruthlessly, your writing comes alive. I have written several books. They all sucked. But when I heard about the ebook revolution, I was reinvigorated. So I gave it another shot and now I have something. I understand story. Stories are all the same. It’s just how you dress them up.

      • DA May 15, 2017 at 5:04 pm #

        Sounds like you’ve really got to take the long view and have A LOT of good luck to have even a minimal chance at success.

        • seawolf77 May 16, 2017 at 7:11 am #

          I disagree. It used to be writers were a privileged handful, almost royalty. Today there are a lot of middle class writers, people who have given up the 8 to 5 and are living the dream. Me I prefer to keep my health insurance, and living the dream makes me too undisciplined. But I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it. In teh meantime I’ll keep plugging.

  12. DA May 15, 2017 at 10:29 am #

    In the fall of 1967, a schlemiel named Don Bessemer from Short Pump, Virginia, got me pregnant. Well, okay, I got myself pregnant with his assistance. I fell for this superficial clod one rainy October afternoon when we were the only two patrons in a hole-in-the-wall called Café Ludovico off Astor Place.

    Kunstler, James Howard. A Safe and Happy Place: A Novel (Kindle Locations 62-64). Kindle Edition.


    • DA May 15, 2017 at 10:38 am #

      A short remembrance: it’s really a shame that the epithet “clod” has fallen out of usage these days. In its heyday it was a one word conversation stopper, especially when coming from someone of authority. I guess it was the fact that the sound of the word and it’s meaning were so perfectly aligned: a one word utterance that signified its target was as dumb and unsophisticated as a clod of dirt.

    • Bro Jobe May 17, 2017 at 1:25 pm #

      “Short Pump” has one of the funniest names around here. In ’67 it was farms and horse-pastures; now it’s a giant open-air and utterly fake “new urbanist” development called Short Pump Towne Center (of course).

      I know JHK would appreciate the irony of it. We locals call it “Short Dump” or “Shit Pump” now.

      Used to be lovely.

  13. thwack May 15, 2017 at 10:29 am #

    ?Authors don’t usually tell you this much about how they came to write a book,” — JHK


    Or their heart surgery; that was an interesting story Jim, thanks for sharing.

    Regarding publishing, some would say we are becoming a post literate society? Younger people want their info and entertainment spoon fed to them from a talking head on a screen; and it better not take a long time.

    If you didn’t grow up reading books “for fun”, how easy is it to adopt the behavior later?

    • Beryl of Oyl May 15, 2017 at 10:59 am #

      I’d say it’s impossible.
      Dr. Ben Carson credits his mother’s turning off the TV and making him and his brother read for their entertainment, for a large part of his success.

      • thwack May 15, 2017 at 11:28 am #

        Before cable, and even for a long time afterwards, there wasn’t a lot of stuff on TV for a child to watch?

        And there was often only a single tv in the house; so even if there were programs you wanted to watch, you could be “out voted” and end up with a choice between Masterpiece theater, or playing kick ball…

        Its only recently that a child could watch “a glowing screen” all day.

        • OverTheCliff May 15, 2017 at 1:30 pm #

          That is not true. There was kid stuff on after school, many prime time were kid like and then Saturday mornings, Monster movies late on Sat. night, Sunday morning stuff and Disney Sunday night. And probably more I’m not remembering right now. And as the 60’s came on maybe even more. OK maybe not all day but we did have to go to school most of the year.

          • Q. Shtik May 15, 2017 at 2:11 pm #

            I watched Howdy Doody every afternoon in the early ’50s.

    • routersurfer May 15, 2017 at 5:56 pm #

      It is possible. Look at brownouts and storms as book time for everyone you can grab under 50 🙂

  14. ozone May 15, 2017 at 10:43 am #

    …I enjoy writing fiction and believe that I do it pretty well, and I intend to persevere at it. I’m not convinced that the long-form work of fiction packaged as a novel will continue to exist as a literary artifact a whole lot longer — it is mainly a product of the past two centuries, which featured great advances in printing and the arrival of a middle-class with leisure time that could be filled with literature — but the novel is not quite dead yet. Anyway, human beings do like stories, whether printed and bound, played upon a stage or screen, or told around the campfire. We like to hear how the rest of the human race is doing. — JHK

    I certainly enjoy your writings and would suggest that you do it *very* well! “Ripping yarns” indeed.

    I would like to think (if the skill of written language were to be passed down/on) that books written on paper would be treasured and read aloud around said campfires. Deeds of derring-do; lovers parted; worlds lost and won; vicissitudes met and overcome! After a hard day’s work at what could likely be mind-numbing drudgery, what could be a better reward? (Not all projects are going to require exercising the mind for noble ends; sometimes you’ve got to shovel the mud – literally.)

    And perhaps some thoughtful person could provide a standardized spelling of the English language, once and for all. Dimitri Orlov tried it, in phonetic form, but was not paid a *bit* of attention to. (The “box” we’re encouraged to think outside of is built like a steel cage and entrenched interests are constantly checking the welds for any weaknesses.) I “know” the word vicissitude, but couldn’t spell it, damnit!

    Anyhoo, thanks for the interesting literary history and a peek inside the rarified air within the Fortress of Publishing (of all that is great and good). The first thing I read of yours was “The Flight of Mehetabel” (did I spell that right??) and was immensely entertained. A strange introduction, but it got me intrigued with your unique style… and on from there.

    I’ve recommended your blog to an author friend of mine (yes, self-published), but I’ve advised against the comments section. Some just don’t want to look into the black and shriveled souls of those that would run their live and they prefer to get on with their personal journeys, “free speech” be damned. Ah well…

    • Janos Skorenzy May 15, 2017 at 2:25 pm #

      Yes, all will bow to Us in the End. And to Me after that. There can only be One. Krishna says, if you don’t bow to Him directly and of your own volition, he will comes as death and you will do so whether you will or no.

      Ram Das said that Hare Krishna Temples were good “rentry” zones after a Trip. Free food too. Abbie Hoffman said they were good places to steal free shoes in his book “Steal This Book”.

    • GhostOfHam May 15, 2017 at 3:16 pm #

      Yep. I really love the quad-rio-a-rdy. I read the books and miss the people in them for days.

      • GhostOfHam May 15, 2017 at 3:17 pm #

        Quad set of books, I mean

    • Ozymandius May 15, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

      Speaking of Dimitri. He is planning on building a 36′ sailing lifeboat and is running a crowdfunding effort on Indygogo. Pay him a visit and help him out.

      • K-Dog May 15, 2017 at 5:18 pm #

        Oh, he is panhandling again is he? I suppose once you convince large numbers of people that you can survive collapse by living on a sailboat you think you can pull anything off. Dimitry is a shameless bum who is too good to work for a living and he wants you to do it for him.

        Why can’t you survive collapse on a sailboat? Simple, somebody is going to have a bigger gun than you do and there is nowhere to hide on the water. Provisions will always require a medium of exchange so someone should tell Dimirty that when collapse comes our way there will be no crowdfunding. When he escapes pirates and makes landfall nobody is going to give him supplies without getting something in return. Starving people are not going to share food with him without getting something in return and there will be nothing on his boat anybody will want. Except perhaps his life.

        • Petro May 15, 2017 at 8:09 pm #

          Ha ha… panhandling/shameless bum… an amusing comment (or growl). I sort of thought something similar: “Hey, I want someone to send ME money so I can build a cool boat and cruise around the caribbean, too!”

          Orlov has a keen mind, is a good observer, and an interesting writer. I do think he can be rude and dismissive to his readers sometimes, though. He can write a humorous piece, but then may bite someone’s head off in the comments. Cranky. He does not suffer (those he thinks are) fools gladly.

          He articulates the advantages to being a nomad at sea if things get ugly, but that scenario is as full of problems (some different) as a doomstead on land.

          • K-Dog May 15, 2017 at 11:43 pm #

            (those he thinks are) He takes the attitude that since we will never meet I can be as rude to you as I want to be. Consequences for me there will never be.

            I don’t care for such fools. Someday he may kick a dog and get bit. The sea gypsy gambit was quite a play but he never talks about blue water sailing. That would be too much reality. Sailing depends on a support structure, less complicated than flying does but the structure exists. Without it sailboats will be a deathtrap when the long emergency closes the sea lanes, The support structure will be gone.

    • ozone May 16, 2017 at 7:31 am #

      Speak of black and shriveled souls and he appears; right on cue.

      And speaking of Orlov, one thing you may enjoy is that he gave vladdie a swift kick in the nuts and a hearty “Adiablos” and pushed his dingy off of his private dock, back into the polluted waters that he continues to blow his foghorn from — never to espied on Orlov’s comment section again.

      • Janos Skorenzy May 16, 2017 at 1:27 pm #

        No, that was the Druid. Now if you misremembered that, what else are you misremembering and/or forgetting? Face it, our pasts are largely confabulated bits of misremembered data cobbled together by an editor – as are our very selves.

        You don’t like my story? Very well. And I think you could do a better job of editing yourself – your edition is an impoverished version of what you should be.

  15. Beryl of Oyl May 15, 2017 at 10:46 am #

    It’s funny, I was just thinking about a number of things related to this new post.
    One of them is that I recently became aware that my habit of reading novels is something that is fading from culture. The article I read called it “literature”, I somehow didn’t know that’s what literature meant.
    I’ve known for some time that ‘memoir’ (not autobiography) is the hot category in publishing, and I do find those books appealing, but they also take time away from the fiction I want to get to.
    I find that there is more reality in fiction than it books meant to show the truth.
    As far as books set in the sixties, I’ve just been grumbling about a book I’m reading set in that era, with an author who obviously didn’t live through those times. A secretary using a copying machine is referred to, for instance. Like nearly everything else these days, globalism has led to a decline in quality in publishing, because a good editor would have caught such a mistake. Now I see books with words left out, misspellings, and grammatical errors.
    I put this down to the scramble to hang on to a share of dwindling profits. We see this mad scramble in other fields, such as Big Medicine, where the profits aren’t actually dwindling, it’s just who gets what share being threatened.
    There’s also been a trend recently of men trying their hand at writing in the female voice. Some do quite well, others not so much. Ian Fleming, of all people, wasn’t bad at it. Don’t let those sexist James Bond movies fool you. I noticed that frequently it seems to be English authors who can pull this off.
    One recent novel, by a writer with a famous name, featured a woman character who, had she really existed, would likely have been murdered by one of the men in her life, and it would be ruled justifiable.
    Strangely enough, I picked up another book, because I like the title, and the female character in that one was a near carbon copy of the one in the other book. At first I thought it was a case of plagiarism, but the two books were published in the same year. Now I think they were both by the same person, which shows the decline in the industry of which I speak.
    Mr. Kunstler’s experiences are similar to those of an established rock star. I’m reading memoirs from a couple of those too.

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    • Janos Skorenzy May 15, 2017 at 2:27 pm #

      What if I read this and fall in love with Pooh Bollinger? Won’t that complicate my relationship with Mr Kunstler?

      • routersurfer May 15, 2017 at 6:00 pm #

        Not on the 6o’s……

    • routersurfer May 15, 2017 at 6:03 pm #

      Having made a living in music ( marginal ) I understand the Music and writing paradigm. I hope like some JKH finds a Gold if not silver mine.

  16. pequiste May 15, 2017 at 10:47 am #

    I think both you and I know exactly what the (difficult and near-impossible getting published by the main stream (hyper-corporate media nexus)) problem is:

    – Not nearly enough white woman, negro male romancing and copulating in your work.

    – NO mention of sports. Ever.

    – Where the hell are the Lesbian, Bi, Gay, Transsexual, QUestioning, Pedophile, Bestial and Necrophilia oriented characters in the narratives?
    (C’mon you malefactor of common acceptingness — know you are a hater!)

    – Complete lack of acknowledgment of the Kardashians as the apotheosis of HUman civilization.

    – And while I am at it: just where the fuck are the pages for the crayon & coloring book activities? You are missing out on a huge swath of the “snowflake,” formerly “middle class,” and geriatric demographics as well as all of the politician, lobbyist and civil service employees from Washington D.C. to San Francisco and everywhere in between.

    Thanks for contributing to, and playing, Post-Literate World View and Review.

    • Janos Skorenzy May 15, 2017 at 2:33 pm #

      Jennifer Anniston said the show “Friends” couldn’t be made today. Exactly so: no diversity. All White Heterosexuals enjoying each other’s company and wrapped up in each other’s lives.

      How dare they. They have no right – and we’re not going to let them.

      I knew I could work race into this. Thanks for the segue. But was it really so hard? It touches everything. It is the 1 that gives the zeros meaning. A man without racial consciousness is either a god or a post industrial waste product. And there are very few such gods or sages.

      Before the Statue of General Lee, men with torches chanted “You will not replace us”. It’s all developing perfectly.

    • routersurfer May 15, 2017 at 6:06 pm #

      You forgot the baseball game at the end of one book. BTW, jerking off was included which should have brought hundreds of millions on board!

      • pequiste May 16, 2017 at 12:26 am #

        Thank you for pointing that out Route…..

        Let me make the advice a little more precise:

        – NO mention of PROFESSIONAL sports. Ever.

  17. themetalmystic May 15, 2017 at 10:48 am #

    Congratulations Mr. Kunstler. You are one of the more witty authors I’ve read who is active today. Just persevering to write and finish your work makes you an accomplished person. That you have a conviction and vision to write and that it motivates you to continue to do so, when only you see the vision and only you care, is an astounding achievement. I am certain the quality in your work is there to.

    I look forward to reading it.

    Congratulations and Respect!

    • seawolf77 May 16, 2017 at 7:15 am #

      Ditto and well said. He is a gifted author.

  18. Anotherplayaguy May 15, 2017 at 10:51 am #

    “… nobody above 100 was drafted in the last five years of the Vietnam War.”

    Just a point of fact: people with numbers up to 125 were drafted. I remember it well. My number was 129. Fun times.

    • thwack May 15, 2017 at 11:33 am #

      If called up, were you gonna go?

      To Canada?

      • elysianfield May 15, 2017 at 6:53 pm #

        “If called up, were you gonna go?”

        “What color are you”?

        “What are you wearing right now”?

        “Do you like Turkish Prison movies”?

        Just askin’….

  19. malthuss May 15, 2017 at 10:51 am #

    Demonization of Soros recalls old anti-Semitic conspiracies
    ABC News

    In most nations, having a billionaire financier and philanthropist would be a source of great pride, a person many elected officials would want to cozy up to. Not for George Soros. The demonization of the American-Hungarian billionaire and Holocaust survivor has spread across Central Europe, with the 86-year-old increasingly accused by nationalists of using his money to force his liberal values, including support for refugees, on their societies. And it’s not just those on the fringes, but elected officials who are attributing all manner of sins to Soros, a political strategy that seems aimed at de-legitimizing projects that Soros has supported in Central and Eastern Europe’s transition to democracy. …

    [Those pesky conspiracies]

    • malthuss May 15, 2017 at 10:53 am #

      The comments at ABC are good, even great.

    • pequiste May 15, 2017 at 12:16 pm #

      Soros, even tho’ a self acknowledged non-practitioner atheist, helps to validate and legitimize the hate….all by hizself.

      He deserved it and more.

  20. davidreese2 May 15, 2017 at 10:53 am #

    I have enjoyed Mr. Kunstler’s works, everything he’s written in the past 20 years, both fiction and non-fiction. He’s a first-rate author, and one of the brightest lights in these dark times.

    I ordered A Safe and Happy Place as soon as it became available, and received my copy just this morning.

    As always, I know I’m in for a great read.

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      As soon as I finish, yes, I’ll write a review for Amazon.

  21. CirclesnCircles May 15, 2017 at 11:05 am #

    JHK – For me, you struck a nerve with this, “with all the attention these days on the grievances of women, I wanted to create a plausible heroine who was not a complainer or a sap or a doormat or a designated victim, but a fully imagined capable person without an annoying ideological agenda.”

    Allow me to add some personal context to that observation. I am female, mid 50’s and when in my teens/20’s the feminist revolution was in high gear. Even in my youthfulness I could totally understand the need for it. Most mothers and women I had known growing up had no real standing, power or voice in the outcomes of their lives. They were largely relegated to second string. It was sad and made an important impression on me.

    I decided developing a solid career would be a good move. It wasn’t easy by any means in the 1980’s and 90’s. Sexual harassment wasn’t recognized but was a constant stressor in the workplace. Being overlooked for promotions in lieu of a male counterpart no more qualified? Yep, that happened plenty as well.

    Fastforward to the mid-2000’s, now in my 40’s, and I realize that a good many of the prior workplace obstacles and Neanderthal tactics had been acknowledged and were being dealt with (somewhat anyway). BUT, I noticed plenty of women were still psychologically entrenched in their “second string” status.

    In other words, it was now time for women to get out of their own way!

    I’ve tried 8 or 10 times in the decade since to have a conversation with female contemporaries about this but, every single time, no discussion ensues! They avoid talking about it. I guess the victim mentality runs deep. But, this issue is a bane of my existence. Maybe I’ll write a book……..lol.

    • thwack May 15, 2017 at 11:38 am #

      Maybe these women, after getting a small taste of “man world” are having 2nd thoughts about about going “all in?”

      Just sayin

      • CirclesnCircles May 15, 2017 at 12:13 pm #

        thwack – that’s probably the case for some. And it’s understandable given women still handle a majority of home/family responsibilities also. It’s just too much.

        But, it doesn’t answer for continued low expectations in their relationships and personal lives. Hopefully, women in their 20’s now are a different breed….having grown up in a less restrictive time. Perhaps the shackles came off my peers too late into the mental programming. As it’s said, “old habits die hard”.

        But, I say, “you only live once so ditch the garbage and respect yourself!”

        • thwack May 15, 2017 at 1:30 pm #

          Hopefully, women in their 20’s now are a different breed….


          Ok, but some things never change. It is my opinion

          *tightens chin strap*

          that women are hard wired to want a man that is “better” than themselves; its not politics, its biology. Men get “better” by competing with other men, and it often gets butt ugly…

          So this “better” woman you speak of is actually making it harder on herself to find a man she can be satisfied with. This is why they often “over shoot” and end up with a serial killer, or “Laquan the rapper…”

          Or like Bill Clinton and Ahhnold, end up fucking the help.

          When your “house husband” takes your daughter to the park to be with the other house wives and their children, those women don’t respect him?

          They can’t.


          Because he ain’t out there slaying dragons and catching the big fish…

          Once again, that ain’t politics, thats biology, thats nature.

          If you just look around you will see.

          See what?

          See what you looking at.

          Most people don’t.

          Try not to be one of em.

          • CirclesnCircles May 15, 2017 at 9:00 pm #

            Thanks for the tutoring, Margaret thwack Mead. Where shall I send the check?

            Don’t worry your pretty little head about me. I’ve forgotten more than you’ll ever know about females and what motivates them.

            Just sayin.

          • messianicdruid May 15, 2017 at 10:30 pm #

            ” It is my opinion *tightens chin strap* that women are hard wired to want a man that is “better” than themselves; its not politics, its biology. ”

            This explains a lot. They never actually find one.

          • thwack May 16, 2017 at 2:47 pm #

            Where shall I send the check?


            That depends,

            what actress or singer do you resemble?

          • thwack May 16, 2017 at 3:09 pm #

            This explains a lot. They never actually find one.



            What you are witnessing is all the women who wait too long and end up having to “settle.” They actually found several BETTER menl, but always thought “I can do a little better.” Then one day they wake up old and fat so they grab the nearest weak simp they can find.

            Melania Trump

            Michelle Obama

            Nicole Simpson

            Hell, Hillary Clinton

            These are 4 women who got men better than themselves while the getting was good.

            Whenever I have “girl talk” with these bitter women who complain about men, I always find in their histories that there were several solid, reliable honest men they COULD HAVE MARRIED; but they held out for a man with more money, more swag, more alphonics…

            Oh won’t you please rise for the female national anthem:


            (CirclesnCircles takes a knee)

          • CirclesnCircles May 16, 2017 at 8:56 pm #

            Eva Cassidy = two thumbs up!

            You may have gone up half a point in my book for that reference. Then again, you may have cancelled that half point with the TMI toothpaste comment below. (see my reply downward)

    • Beryl of Oyl May 15, 2017 at 11:38 am #

      I’d read that book.

    • Elrond Hubbard May 15, 2017 at 12:46 pm #

      A few episodes back on his podcast, JHK and his guest (both men) were talking about what a problem it is that gender roles nowadays aren’t clearly delineated like they were in the past. It was amusing, in an eye-rolling way, to listen to two dudes nattering to each other about how those dizzy dames didn’t know how good they had it back in the day.

      I think it’s a net gain that gender roles are no longer defined exclusively to the benefit of men over women. You may disagree with me, and declare that having men stand up when women entered the room was adequate compensation for being denied the vote, or any economic power, or even control over their own bodies. Well, I won’t argue with you. I’ll just share this item, which I came across on Reddit the other day:


      For those who don’t follow the link, it’s just a screenshot of two Google searches.

      – Google “Man caught masturbating in car”. You’ll get a list of news stories from various different places about just that.
      – Now Google “Woman caught masturbating in car”. You’ll get a list of porn videos, aimed at men. What you won’t get is news stories about women behaving the way the men mentioned above were behaving.

      I tried it for myself and it works — anyone can do the same. This is how the crooked timber crooks. Most of us men behave reasonably, most of the time, but we are always liable to visit our expectations on the women in our lives, and if they’re not allowed to push back then rampant inequality and general ‘rapeyness’ is the result. It’s a better world today than it used to be.

      • Fan of Entropy May 15, 2017 at 1:52 pm #

        The first thing that struck me about that link, Elrond, is less that you don’t get the news stories that women are actually doing what the men are doing, but that men will actually exhibit the bad behaviour, while women have to be imagined or fantasized to be behaving badly.

        It’s always been my opinion that the shame with the way “feminism” (pick your definition on that word) got rolled out has been that instead of bringing women’s contributions of all kinds to the fore in society, women were told that they had to compete with men on their terms. Feminism got so good at convincing women that they could out-compete with men that they forgot about the things that they could bring to the table and focussed on out-doing the men.

        I’ve seen this often in my work life. The outpost in which I worked up until a couple of years ago had a female director (very good manager), and of the 10 or so people working in the office, I was the only male. Never in all of my life have I felt like I was working in a more alpha-male type environment, including in gigs in farming, construction, or even college. I’m not the type to feel threatened by that type of behaviour, but I did find it curious, and honestly a little sad. I also found it amusing how baffled they became when they couldn’t figure out why I didn’t want to play in the game.

        My point is that it seems such a waste that feminism has spend the last 50 years trying to shoehorn women into men’s images… feminism has definitely brought with it a great many advances for women, but it sometimes feels that the opportunities were at least partly squandered.

      • Janos Skorenzy May 15, 2017 at 3:00 pm #

        Yeah, just wait for women to approach you to start the mating process: they won’t. And the only reason they loved Alan Alda’s rap about sensitivity was because he was on TV – in other words, already an alpha male.

        The world will change when women stop selecting for aggression, success, and money in men. It’s not going to change in other words. And women don’t care about what they say they care about. They think they care about it – but by and large, they don’t. The Pink Unicorns are just cover, Elrond. They make like a man who knows how to use a Pink Unicorn to get what he wants, but they’ll take one who doesn’t – as long as he knows how to get what he wants.

        You’ve fallen for it Elrond. You haven’t been able to pierce the veil and decode the code.

        What happened up there to poor Abbie aka Barry Freed? How could you let that woman treat him like that and then not help him in his hour of need? Are you people as cold as your winters?

        • Elrond Hubbard May 15, 2017 at 3:48 pm #

          Dude, the mating process isn’t the issue. The issue is how people govern their behaviour in society. My position is more self-government and less government by others is best, and let the reproductive strategies take care of themselves. If a woman should happen to bite a guy’s head off after sex, leave it to the biologists to worry whether humans are going to evolve into preying mantises; somebody still needs to call the cops.

          • CirclesnCircles May 15, 2017 at 9:02 pm #

            Elrond – you’re more evolved than many of the others here.

            Glad a few of you are running around planet earth.

          • ozone May 16, 2017 at 8:11 am #

            Since the dude in question has no chance of actually *attracting* a lifetime mate to make a twisted and emotionally crippled little family, he’s got aaaaall day (and night) to dream up reasons why wimminz is so stoopit and solely steered by their ovaries. Then there’s the “scholarship” of finding evidence to support the conclusion.

            Let’s also entertain the distinct possibility that it’s all a paid pose and a ruse in order to drag us into his cesspit and away from any relevant commentary. (We caught him right by his little…… internet address, so it’s the scenario I’m staying with; although he’ll continue to deny it in trollery spittle-spraying declarations. BTW, I consider *that* even more distasteful than a person that really holds these views; If both in one, I’d say they’ve got a dangerous individual on their hands. One generally doesn’t sneak onto a DoD site in order to post a few screeds about the niggers and jews.) Your tax dollars at work! It’s for your own good y’know.

          • Elrond Hubbard May 16, 2017 at 9:59 am #

            Thank you, CirclesnCircles. That’s very kind of you.

            ozone, whether our mutual acquaintance has found a way to monetize his bigotries or no, I sense they’re genuine. There’s such a commitment to assholery there that I don’t think any one person could sustain the performance for that long. Maybe his handle is a pseudonym for an assembly line of writers — like Carolyn Keene, ‘author’ of the Nancy Drew books.

          • Janos Skorenzy May 16, 2017 at 1:34 pm #

            No Zone, that was Asoka. Your memory is either failing or totally controlled by your desires and negative emotions. Not good, friendo or should I say fiendo. Ask fido for confirmation. I await a retraction and apology.

    • Q. Shtik May 15, 2017 at 2:36 pm #

      Most mothers and women I had known growing up had no real standing, power or voice in the outcomes of their lives. – Circles


      Wow, if you think your era was bad for women, try reading The Old Testament. They barely get a mention.

    • Janos Skorenzy May 15, 2017 at 2:40 pm #

      Women are already more successful than most men – but since men like that are invisible to you, you didn’t even notice. The more successful women are, the more unhappy they will be for the most part. They weren’t made for this kind of thing. And they won’t marry men who are “beneath” them (make less money than them). So they will abide alone…

      How many jobs do you think they’re are – much less good jobs? Where are all the good men? You became them. Now reproduce like amoebas.

      Women are voting in both Europe and America to end Western Culture. Their deeper selves know better than this current foolishness. They want men to put them back where they belong. And if White men won’t, well other men will.

  22. janet May 15, 2017 at 11:20 am #

    Great post today, Jim. This Monday&Friday change is welcome.

    Congratulations on your new book and your creative work around for getting it published (self-published?)

    The theme of the book immediately reminded me of Famous Long Ago (Ray Mungo/Veronica Porshe)

  23. GhostOfHam May 15, 2017 at 11:21 am #

    The first of novels in English:

    If its the not the first, then certainly it’s one of the longest.

    • pequiste May 15, 2017 at 2:57 pm #

      Interesting certainly, but I really want to know where your posting from just last Friday, the one which included a lengthy passage from Jean Baudrillard, went to.

    • Q. Shtik May 15, 2017 at 3:47 pm #

      If its the not the first, then certainly it’s one of the longest. – G of H


      Hey Ghost, I briefly checked out your link which led me to another link containing a list of longest books. I was astonished that War and Peace was not on it. However, Infinite Jest did make the list (way down near the bottom, clocking in at 543K + words. I recall that when David Foster Wallace first gave it to the publisher it was much longer and he was forced to trim it back in order to get it published.

      Infinite Jest is infamous for its notes, and notes regarding notes, etc. I wonder if the 543K + word count includes all these notes.

  24. Beryl of Oyl May 15, 2017 at 11:33 am #

    I’d recently become more aware of just how hard the average writer works for a living these days, and that the most successful (in that they make a living from it) often combine writing and speaking engagements.
    A couple of things about one such person who does that – I recently read a column by Ann Coulter, about her personal experience with Obamacare. She was having to pay over $700 dollars a month for insurance that wouldn’t even pay for the medicine she might need. I looked at some of the comments (yes, I went there) and a lot of them were digs at the fact that she could afford $700 a month because, I guess in their minds, she’s rich. Anyone still working that hard isn’t rich enough to withstand coming down with some kind of disease that could wipe her out. I think a large portion of being able to pull the wool over so many people’s eyes that Obamacare was “health care reform”, was based on envy and a belief that the government was going to sock it to the rich, to make things “fair”.
    Anyway, I was thinking about just how hard someone like Ann works to get where she is, and it has also been in the news a lot lately about various government types and speaking fees and book deals.
    Nobody seems to question these gargantuan advances and out of wack compensation for speaking, perhaps because people like Mr. Kunstler haven’t spoken much about it, so people just figure something like celebrity/journalist/politician, rich.
    That brings me to Ann’s canceled talk at a college. A lot of people seem to feel that the issue is Ann personally, and what she might say in her talk. Doesn’t anyone notice that it could be a case of money and greed, that the cozy racket of politicians and hacks with university types, which elevates them all into the 1%, does not want an outsider getting in on their sweet deal? Colin Powell even joked about it, when he said he should send Hillary a bill, because she scarfed up so much of the speaking money there was nothing left for him.
    The same thing could happen to Mr. Kunstler. I don’t know if he speaks in person at colleges or not, but one cross word and he (or anybody) could get on the blacklist, and the ‘safety’ excuse could be used to keep the racket for the approved players.
    A woman charged with the safety of our nation gets a plum job as head of a university, and can’t keep one woman safe from goons at one of its campuses.
    This is about money and racketeering, as anything remotely related to government or big business is, these days.

    • CirclesnCircles May 15, 2017 at 11:46 am #

      Interesting observation about the possible actual reason someone like Ann Coulter (or anyone else) might get shunned from speaking at a university.

      There is a finite pot of “speaker money” each year. It’s lucrative so that means the competition would be stiff. Some people will do literally anything or trash anybody for a buck…..as the Clintons have well proven.

    • GhostOfHam May 15, 2017 at 11:56 am #

      Public opinion, in its raw state, gushes out in the immemorial form of the mob’s fear. It is piped into central factories, and there it is flavoured and coloured and put into cans.
      Notes on Democracy (1926)

      –from Mencken wiki

      • CirclesnCircles May 15, 2017 at 12:22 pm #

        Mencken was an amazing observer; first rate. Too bad much of his writing is so obtuse.

        He wrote a scathing essay about Southern culture, called: Sahara of the Bozart. After over 25 years of living in the SE (but not being from here) I utterly concur with his conclusions.

        • malthuss May 15, 2017 at 1:17 pm #

          Those conclusions were?

        • seawolf77 May 15, 2017 at 1:25 pm #

          Obtuse? Really. That’s the last word I’d use to describe Mencken.

          • CirclesnCircles May 15, 2017 at 1:50 pm #

            malthuss – I read it a few years back, it’s long, and what stuck with me was his view that the region is largely a cultural wasteland. I think he believed that the best and brightest left during or after the Civil War for easier, greener pastures (Reconstruction was a bitch). And those who stayed, well……..

            seawolf – maybe I chose the wrong word. I certainly don’t mind a challenging read but, boy, was he trying much too hard to impress, IMO.

            Decide for yourselves: http://writing2.richmond.edu/jessid/eng423/restricted/mencken.pdf

          • seawolf77 May 16, 2017 at 8:09 am #

            I’d call him pedantic.

        • GhostOfHam May 15, 2017 at 2:46 pm #

          Its not so bad now ’cause we have air conditioning.

          and Walmart.

          • seawolf77 May 16, 2017 at 8:11 am #

            TV, cars and air conditioning ruined America.

          • seawolf77 May 16, 2017 at 1:17 pm #

            Thanks for reminding me. And Walmart.

        • Janos Skorenzy May 15, 2017 at 2:46 pm #

          A first rate Fascist. No doubt that’s what you find obtuse. About the South: Read “I’ll Take My Stand” by the Southern Agrarians. Faulkner? Flannery O’Connor? The list is endless (that’s all I could think of).

  25. Kevvia Knack May 15, 2017 at 11:44 am #

    I bought the book this morning. I love reading about the late 1960s and early 1970s, including fictional accounts.

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  26. cloud shaman May 15, 2017 at 11:52 am #

    Will buy to support you and give the finger to corps. I love your witty blog and take no prisoners self and collective honesty. Can’t wait till Mondays and Fridays.

  27. Mike Patrick May 15, 2017 at 11:58 am #

    Thanks for using the word heroine which has disappeared from our PC language. Fifty years ago heroine was always used for female heroes. Calling a woman a “hero” clashes with traditional English. It is one of the many words in English inherited from French = héroïne feminine and héros masculine. It is just like calling women “actors” instead of actresses. In modern French, these feminine nouns still exist. English vocabulary and grammar keep getting worse. Recently, I feel like covering my ears when young people use constructs like “they had went” instead of “they had gone”. Apparently, US schools no longer teach the difference between the imperfect and perfect past and past and past paticiples. In French this is « le passé inaccompli versus le passé accompli »
    That confusion of verb usage would have caused a low or even failing grade on a student’s paper back in the day.

    • James Howard Kunstler May 15, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

      I once published a short story in Playboy Mag (paid well!) about a ballplayer. The story began: “I have went through some changes in life.”

      • Q. Shtik May 15, 2017 at 3:53 pm #

        The story began: “I have went through some changes in life.”


        Right up there with “Call me Ishmael.”

        • elysianfield May 16, 2017 at 10:26 am #

          …Having little or no money in one’s purse is a great motivator….

  28. volodya May 15, 2017 at 11:59 am #

    Jim sez that way back we didn’t have iphones, nor facebook. And a great many other things that the much vaunted “creative class” invented since then.

    Far be it from me to stand in the way of “progress” but what has this key driving force of the post-industrial era actually created?

    In the field of information technology we have twitter, snapchat, instagram, youtube, skype, to name a few. Sometimes convenient, sometimes informative for sure, but mostly frivolity and fluffery, you know, cute cat videos from Japan, or guilty dogs, you’ve seen them, cowering German Shepherds that tore up the shower curtains or ate the steak. Bad dog, but we love you anyway. And internet porn.

    What innovations have they brought in the field of education? Kids that don’t know their multiplication tables, that can’t spell, that can’t do cursive, that can’t read and process and distill information from a book because their analytic abilities dried up in the face of wikipedia.

    And snowflake ninnies curled up in “safe-spaces” demanding recognition for their “pain” from endlessly solicitous colleges.

    What has this “creative class” brought in the field of finance? A multitude of mini-Madoffs at bank branches, a flood of fraud in the real estate business, a plague of economy choking derivatives. And electronics so prone to identity and cybertheft that the oft-repeated claim that crime is at historic lows is what it seems, a blatant out-and-out lie.

    And this “creative class” gave us so much innovation in the economic sphere: airbnb and uberization and taskrabbiting, glorified taxi-driving and room-letting and handymanning, the last resort for people desperate for money. End of the road capitalism, as one of the other commenters called these.

    Not reading is not good. Not knowing your times tables is not progress. I don’t care how many mothers insist otherwise, who give testimonials about their wonderful daughters with degrees in actuarial science but who don’t know nine times eight. They say it doesn’t matter. I say it does.

    You don’t know nine times eight? And you know actuarial science? I’m sorry, you don’t even qualify as cashier, not in any sane society. Yeah, rote learning’s a drag, but bite the bullet and get out the flash cards because the kiddies need to know their times tables. And they need to be able to affix their signature on a document. Like an apartment rental.

    Publish a book? In the face of this? Poor Jim. He’s a storyteller and purveyor of ideas and slicer and dicer of shit as it happens. And he’s mired in this morass of mass-cretinization.

    • GhostOfHam May 15, 2017 at 3:09 pm #

      Not to mention that he writes and we respond to him on a DARPA created military intelligence network where cybernetics (the study of feedback loops) is collected…. oh, the irony.

  29. FincaInTheMountains May 15, 2017 at 12:04 pm #

    Sorry, back to not so happy place where we live today

    What we observe now is beyond any doubt the collapse of the American media, not only democratic, but also republican. They allowed themselves to be dragged into a crusade against the Tramp administration (I would say Trump, but there is Steve Bannon as well), and now they sit and wonder whether this statement by the US President is a stupid trick of an impulsive president or a carefully arranged media trolling.

    In particular, this Sunday representatives of the White House did not come to Fox Channel 5 after Chris Wallace warned them that the entire first half of the show he would grill them with questions about the dismissal of the FBI director and Trump’s tweet, warning Comey of the possible existence of records of his conversations with the President before he begins to leak information to the press.

    And the last statement is a worm on the hook thrown in front of the mouth of the collective Bastinda, with an invitation to demand these records ala the Nixon case.

    And it seems that this collective Bastinda, having lost her brain, swallowed hook, line and sinker.

    That Trump does not know about the Nixon affair and blurted it out by stupidity, which must be used quickly.

    It just does not occur to them that when they jump through all hoops and involve everyone in the case, Trump will simply say that he meant the illegal wiretapping of his office, which Comey refused to investigate and which he (Comey) most likely organized himself.

    And they will be forced to report this, despite a conspiracy of silence around the Tramp administration.

    • Beryl of Oyl May 15, 2017 at 12:35 pm #

      I’m wondering if any such tapes existed, would they be in Comey’s office? Everything in it would have been impounded the day he was let go.

      • FincaInTheMountains May 15, 2017 at 12:47 pm #

        Or in some safe house, who knows?

  30. janet May 15, 2017 at 12:29 pm #

    “I don’t know if he speaks in person at colleges or not, but one cross word and he (or anybody) could get on the blacklist…”

    Since there are universities : Mormon, evangelical, Black, etc. and colleges : Navajo, women, etc. … I doubt there exists “the blacklist” … there will always be a place for Ann to speak. She revels in victimhood.

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    • Beryl of Oyl May 15, 2017 at 12:38 pm #

      I’m talking about the big bucks. Places that can’t afford the like of Hillary.
      Ann didn’t come up with the blacklist over money theory, I did.
      This is what I mean when I say that one has to get past who the speaker is to understand what just happened.
      This isn’t about Ann, and whether one likes or approves of her personality.

      • Beryl of Oyl May 15, 2017 at 12:38 pm #

        I mean’t ‘can’, not ‘can’t’.

      • James Howard Kunstler May 15, 2017 at 3:29 pm #

        In fact, the growing phenomenon of “Snowflake Justice Warriors” put me out of business as a campus speaker two years ago. Deans and department chairs don’t dare hire speakers who traffick in uncomfortable ideas now. — JHK

        • malthuss May 15, 2017 at 5:28 pm #

          ‘Ideas’–‘Ideas’—-you mean facts.

          The local junior college has 9 Vice Presidents.
          The President is a former ‘Diversity Czar.’

        • routersurfer May 15, 2017 at 11:14 pm #

          Very sorry about that Jim. SJW’s are so off base. They are not really fighting for anything. If they did fight the DNC/RNC fake parties would have been killed of before the last election. Pick your fights. Just a new witch hunt.

          Just had a Safe and Happy download of your new book. Everyone that reads this blog or posts should get a copy. Hope it improves your income stream. Will post on my FB page next for what that is worth. Will write a review on Amazon and FB after reading it. Best wishes. PEACE!

        • ozone May 16, 2017 at 8:30 am #

          To me, it’s obvious that your “uncomfortable ideas” include the commonsense scenario that the deans and department chairs will lose both their well-remunerated professions and positions as poobahs of social rectitude in the depths of The Long Emergency. This can never be tolerated nor supported with sacred University treasure! (…Even though it would be advisable that ‘bright young minds’ paying the freight mull over this very likely possibility.)

    • lsjogren May 15, 2017 at 1:09 pm #

      So maybe the left would be better off letting her speak instead of behaving like a bunch of nazis?

  31. Phutatorius May 15, 2017 at 12:34 pm #

    Perhaps I’ll give your latest a try. Since I’m nearly 70 and time seems more limited now (and I’ve already “read Proust” – and Melville), I read less fiction than I used to. As far as a man writing from a woman’s point of view goes, apparently the late Jim Harrison did it rather well. I even know a lesbian couple who rate him rather highly which makes me wonder just how much Jim Harrison they actually read!

  32. FincaInTheMountains May 15, 2017 at 12:38 pm #

    The intensity and ruthlessness of the political struggle that we are observing today is certainly connected with the forthcoming deflation of some of the financial assets accumulated by the Clintonoids during the glorious 90s due to scams on the overheated NASDAQ market with fraudulent dot com companies.

    They certainly consider the money printed and laundered through NASDAQ then as their legitimate prey and honestly earned property, and perceive any policy that will seize power and influence from this money, as insolent robbery.

    Unfortunately, without writing off a significant portion of those assets it is impossible to overcome the current economic crisis, which is the crisis of Western Financial system based on the US dollar.

  33. lsjogren May 15, 2017 at 1:07 pm #

    Well you do have one marketing channel, your blog.

    The only one of your books I’ve read was Geography of Nowhere, which I thought was excellent.

    This new one sounds intriguing and I’m definitely gonna get it.

    • malthuss May 15, 2017 at 1:21 pm #

      Blogs are so ’10 years ago.’
      What are the latest twits from the endless twits on Twitter?

      The Capstone of JHKs work is ‘TLE.’
      A great book, though I disagree with his thoughts on AGW.

      • Janos Skorenzy May 15, 2017 at 3:12 pm #

        He said, Black Misbehavior will not be allowed during The Long Emergency. But so far, it has been. The Blacks are being used by the Elite to keep the White Man down. Must the Clan ride aGain?

        • malthuss May 15, 2017 at 5:29 pm #

          Ms De Blasio is NOT ‘light skinned.’ I checked.

          • thwack May 15, 2017 at 7:43 pm #


          • malthuss May 15, 2017 at 9:09 pm #

            Twack, some years back I was schooled in Business English.
            Mrs. is passe. Touche.

          • thwack May 15, 2017 at 10:26 pm #

            Not for a black woman.

    • thwack May 15, 2017 at 1:52 pm #

      When I send “friends” the link to JHKs Ted Talk, I never get a response because they are so triggered, confused and disturbed to discover they are living like a lab rat in an ugly place that no one could possibly care about… and since its all true and they can’t challenge it, they just go mute.

      Ugly places make ugly people. And when they realize the sterile utility and brutalist architecture they exist in was designed by a machine, it can cause them to lash out at you?

      Its at that point you hit them with the penultimate coup de grace:

      “they faked the moon landing too”

      • Janos Skorenzy May 15, 2017 at 3:14 pm #

        Without the Apollo Program, Tang wouldn’t have been invented. Blacks used to snort it I hear? True dat?

        • seawolf77 May 16, 2017 at 8:17 am #

          Tang is gnat spelled backwards.

        • thwack May 16, 2017 at 10:15 am #

          Drug dealers cut drugs with all kinds of stuff to give it some “sizzle” and “kick.”

          Its like the dab of Crest toothpaste some prostitutes use to make you cum quicker…

          Just sayin

          • elysianfield May 16, 2017 at 10:30 am #

            “Its like the dab of Crest toothpaste some prostitutes use to make you cum quicker…”

            Reference, please.

          • seawolf77 May 16, 2017 at 1:19 pm #

            Really, that’s a new one on me.

          • thwack May 16, 2017 at 2:43 pm #

            And never sit in a chair while they blow you because they can go through your pockets while they are around your ankles.

          • CirclesnCircles May 16, 2017 at 8:51 pm #

            So very sorry you have to pay for the action, thwack.

            And that it’s over so soon…….. :o(

      • CirclesnCircles May 15, 2017 at 3:26 pm #

        Thx for the heads-up about the JHK Ted Talk.

        The likely conundrum for your “friends” and, most anybody, is: if you wanted to, where can you feasibly go to live a life distinctly different from a lab rat in the 21st century?

        That’s what leaves them mute. There is no easy solution to that.

        P.S. New Zealand is very nice and one could substantially detach there. But, you have to give up access to the local people in your life and NZ wants a large deposit in a local bank before they’ll let you immigrate. Like 250K is what I heard.

  34. malthuss May 15, 2017 at 1:18 pm #



  35. zizzybalooba May 15, 2017 at 1:29 pm #

    “If you can’t suck up endless adversity and carry on with the task at hand, then culinary school is probably a better career path for you. ”

    James, I have a few friends who earn more in a month than you do in a year who went to culinary school and are now successful restaurant owners. Don’t be such a turd.

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    • FincaInTheMountains May 15, 2017 at 1:51 pm #

      make a pile of money and live a life untroubled by thought

      Paul Fussell

    • My Point of View May 15, 2017 at 1:59 pm #

      ….according to Cornell University, and the National Restaurant Association, 60% of restaurants fail within the first three years of operation. After five years, the number might be as high as 75%.

      Be a chef but beware opening your own place; it’s a grind.

    • James Howard Kunstler May 15, 2017 at 3:34 pm #

      You misinterpreted my remark. I wasn’t dissing culinary school or chefs… just saying that it might be a better career path for some than trying to publish books.In fact, i have lots of respect, even some awe, for chefs. — JHK

      • thwack May 15, 2017 at 4:45 pm #

        Did you hear OJ is going to do a cooking show when he gets out of prison?

        • messianicdruid May 15, 2017 at 10:40 pm #

          Just what we need, more food porn.

        • seawolf77 May 16, 2017 at 1:20 pm #

          Yes and it’s called “Spirit Cooking.”

          • thwack May 16, 2017 at 2:40 pm #

            The only problem is figuring out how to keep the Goldmans hands off the money because you know it would be a huge hit?

    • malthuss May 15, 2017 at 5:33 pm #

      Does one need to go to cooking school to OWN a bistro?
      I thought cooking schools are for chefs.

      I guess some do have a business major.

      I have also learned of some who went way into debt to go to such [for profit] schools and couldnt make big bucks.

      One youth said ‘this place is a factory’—

  36. capt spaulding May 15, 2017 at 1:48 pm #

    I believe that was the point he was trying to make: go to culinary school, become a chef, & go out & make some good money instead of becoming a writer.

  37. My Point of View May 15, 2017 at 1:55 pm #

    One of my pals is a nuclear physicist by trade with a passion for industrial history. He’s a bright man who has no room for folklore or bullshit in his avocation to research smokestack America.

    He will tell you to make no mistake, that a lot of what we read in various trade and fan publications is poorly vetted, often times flat incorrect, but this crap ends up in the historical record for a hundred years. Someday guys like him come along to clean it up. Maybe.

    If there’s one bunch he despises it’s publishers. They take your work, lie to you, change it all around, never tell you a thing, and publish what they think it should be so that it sells well at Christmas. They cook the colors in your photographs, send it to Asia for printing and don’t care about quality. Screw what you want. Screw historical and factual accuracy.

    He has a set of books in the making. He will publish them himself.

  38. Q. Shtik May 15, 2017 at 2:05 pm #

    If you didn’t grow up reading books “for fun”, how easy is it to adopt the behavior later? – thwack


    Between birth and graduation from High School I cannot actually recall reading a book (i.e. a novel) but surely I MUST have. I DO remember reading a short story titled “Leinnigen Versus the Ants” which I found so exciting that I read it a couple of more times over the years. I don’t think I have read any other title more than once.

    But, around May 1958, after I had been accepted to St. Joseph’s College (which later became a University), I received in the mail a letter from the college which said, effectively, ‘by the first day of classes you will have read the following six novels:”

    I swallowed hard and began to read David Copperfield, if memory serves me……. and it was 737 pages. It took me the entire summer. So I read just one of the required six. As it turned out I was the only student in my English class who had read even one. The prof was forced to extend the time period for reading these six books to the end of the first semester.

    Unfortunately I am a very slow reader but David Copperfield and the other five novels started me on a reading mission of sorts….. not an obsessive reader but infinitely more so than Donald Trump.

  39. bukowskisghost May 15, 2017 at 2:16 pm #

    Great reality based fiction died with me, for I am Bukowski’s ghost.

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  40. FincaInTheMountains May 15, 2017 at 2:38 pm #

    Deep Throat and Financial Orgasm

    In anticipation of dollar trade in the largest piece of real estate in the world – privatized former Soviet property – the financial orgasm has reached such a level that in the era of the Clinton super bowl, it was rumored that more than 20 trillion dollars of unsecured dollars were printed, just to express delight at possessing such a wonderful geopolitical partner.

    And then came Putin and spoiled everything.

    After the 98 Asian crisis. Putin took a firm course at re-nationalization of the Soviet State property, living the 20 trillion hanging in financial limbo.

  41. Janos Skorenzy May 15, 2017 at 3:54 pm #

    Fifty Shades of Gray is a permanent bestseller. Now supplemented by Fifty (or Fity to use Black English) Shades Darker.

    Need I ax the obvious? What does this say about Women? What do wimmin artists? Smear things on the naked bodies? Or write insults on their bodies at demonstrations? Or try to make themselves beautiful? Or in reaction, ugly?

    They have no creativity for the most part. They are made for Men to make them mothers. The Muslims know this and are the corrective force. Deep inside the Women know it too – and want them here.

    The Life Force will eliminate any People who deviate too far from Natural Law. Besides opening their borders to Muslims, White do gooders are breeding Blacks in Africa to replace us. I mean it’s not like they can take care of themselves. They’re coming in by the thousands to Greece and Italy. And to America as well. The Life Force hates Whites and has twisted them unto their Doom. Why? Because we didn’t respect the Life Force. And what is the Life Force but another name for God and Natural Law?

    There are a few good Female writers – like Flannery O’Connor. She would make hay indeed from the way America is now. The old South pales in comparison to the hypocrisy that rules us now.

  42. aibohphobia May 15, 2017 at 4:11 pm #

    Good for you JHK! I’ll plan to pick up a copy at Amazon.
    You might also look into Smashwords as a self-publisher, since they have a model that markets books to Barnes and Noble and several others as well as Amazon, and the author cut may be more generous.

    You could also get a ghostwriter to add extra material under a title like “A Safe and Happy Place And Zombies.” People will buy and read it because of the Zombies, then backtrack and read the original…. Well, it worked that way with ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.’

  43. Pucker May 15, 2017 at 4:52 pm #

    According to Lewis H. Lapham’s “Age of Folly: America Abandons Its Democracy”, Americans have largely lost interest in politics and the ability to debate both sides of an issue. Moreover, because of secrecy prevailing the National Security State, they’re deprived of accurate information about their government. Thus, Americans are basically primed and psychologically weaponized for authoritarianism.

  44. Pucker May 15, 2017 at 5:03 pm #

    I saw the new Alien movie last night. Dreadful…. The movies are so bad now. Maybe it’s an opportunity to make a movie? In the new Alien movie, a black bloke is boning a white chick in the shower when the Alien bursts in to eat them both.

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    • Pucker May 15, 2017 at 5:05 pm #

      Poke the Alien egg with your penis, like they used to do in the 1960’s.

    • thwack May 15, 2017 at 5:24 pm #

      In the new Alien movie, a black bloke is boning a white chick in the shower when the Alien bursts in to eat them both.


      Actually, that sounds like a scene Janos would write?

      • malthuss May 15, 2017 at 5:36 pm #

        Is the alien a ‘Grey’ or a Nephilim?

      • elysianfield May 15, 2017 at 7:21 pm #

        “In the new Alien movie, a black bloke is boning a white chick in the shower when the Alien bursts in to eat them both.”

        “Actually, that sounds like a scene Janos would write?”

        No, silly, it is a metaphor for the realities of black life in America…a cruel bait and switch with expectations raised, then dashed.

        The scene Janos would write would involve forbidden fruit and eventual damnation …the monster is, of course, a metaphor for Jeff Sessions…the white woman a metaphor for our corrupted culture, and the black man…well he’s just a black man.

        • Janos Skorenzy May 16, 2017 at 12:37 am #

          Well said. The Sage of Cambria goes further: in his maturity, daring to interpret “The Tempest” literally. The monster Caliban is an actual Black who wants to rape the Magician’s daughter, once admitting as much, “But for your power, she would have bourn me a brace of children by now.” The quote is mine, a device of communication.

          • thwack May 16, 2017 at 7:01 am #

            “But for your power, she would have bourn me a brace of children by now.”


            Nothing about rape in that statement

          • Q. Shtik May 16, 2017 at 1:40 pm #

            The quote is mine, a device of communication. – Janos


            I thought it was quite a co-inky dink that the word brace came up twice in a matter of hours.

  45. nsa May 15, 2017 at 5:07 pm #

    Anything written on a computer keyboard is not worth reading…..including this comment. Revisit McLuhan’s “The Medium is the Message” which presages the triviality of the computer age. Anything of importance needs to be lovingly penned out by hand…….

    • Janos Skorenzy May 15, 2017 at 7:18 pm #

      Yes, we need to go back to quills and inkwells. Imagine the innocent pleasure of dipping the girl in front of you’s braids into your inkwell. Why were we denied this? Or imagine the sturdy hands of the Founders as they wrote. The medium itself inspired their words.

  46. hugho May 15, 2017 at 5:08 pm #

    Nice post Jim. You would be a treat over a cup of coffee. I have read almost all your books and will read the new one as well tho” having to buy it from the Hated AMAZON will pain me. I AM READY FOR THE NEXT INSTALLMENT OF MADE BY HAND. You didn’t exhaust that IMO. I disagree that the novel is dead, I am on book 12 of the Poldark series by Winston Graham. Each book was a good as the last. It’s not the format of the novel that is the problem, it’s the format of our sorry population circling the drain, getting fat on their fat asses sunk in a netflix stupor sucking down their oxycontin

    • messianicdruid May 15, 2017 at 10:58 pm #

      People of the Word or People of the Image.

  47. Pucker May 15, 2017 at 5:08 pm #

    People now have a lot of free time, but they don’t use it for reading books.

    “Just what leisure-based activities are these un-working men doing eight hours a day? Among Americans twenty-five-to-fifty-four, men who neither worked nor sought work in 2014 spent more time engaging in the following categories than working men and women or unemployed men: “attending gambling establishments,” “tobacco and drug use,” “listening to the radio,” and “arts and (perhaps incongruously) crafts as a hobby.” On an annualized basis, un-working men spent about seventy hours more time “socializing and communicating with others” than unemployed men, nearly one hundred hours more than employed women, and over one hundred hours more than working men. When it came to “television and movies (not religious),” the contrast between NILF men and all the rest was so enormous that it suggests a fundamental difference in mentality. For un-working men, watching TV and movies ate up an average of five and a half hours a day. That’s four hours a day more than for working women, nearly three and a half hours more than working men, and a striking two hours a day more than unemployed men. And what exactly are the un-working prime-age men doing during these many hours that account for so much of their daily routine? The ATUS does not allow us to determine this. It is a reasonable inference, however, that the Internet may play a big role here, through desktops, hand-held devices, and so forth. 14 Whatever they’re viewing or doing on their big screens, computers, or smartphones, it must be alluring.”

    “Men Without Work”, Nicholas Eberstadt

  48. Pucker May 15, 2017 at 5:11 pm #

    Poke the Alien egg with your penis, like they used to do in the 1960’s.

  49. malthuss May 15, 2017 at 5:37 pm #

    Was ‘World Made by Hand’ created on a computer?
    Just wondering.

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  50. Bellinghamster May 15, 2017 at 5:47 pm #

    Hi Jim,

    Is there a way that I can just send you some money? I am leary of monthly automatic payments.

    You surely have earned the support of your audience. I, for one, look forward to every blog post and book. Thank you for sharing your experiences with the publishing industry. I thought WMBH 4 was not as good as the first three, but if they weren’t paying decently for the effort, I can hardly blame you.

    Ah well, all our paradigms are falling apart. Those of us on the margins, the self employed and small business owners, are in very choppy waters.

    Hang in there. Thank you for the encouragement. “Perseverance counts more than talent” is wonderful advice to just keep slogging.

    • ozone May 15, 2017 at 6:35 pm #

      Just go to the top of the page and click on “About”. His P.O. box address will magically appear! 😉

  51. ffkling May 15, 2017 at 5:56 pm #


    The cancer President Trump is working overtime to destroy America’s last virgin wilderness areas. First on the chopping block is Bears Ears National Monument in Utah as a thank you to his Mormon supporters and a stick up the ass of the Native American tribes who want this sacred land protected.

    I hate the guy and his Republican enablers.

    • malthuss May 16, 2017 at 10:48 am #

      And Barry and Hitlery protected us and the USA?

  52. ffkling May 15, 2017 at 6:34 pm #

    This is the reason why it is never a good idea to tell anybody of your plans, particularly since the DEA has paid informants everywhere, including banks. You know it is the end of an empire when the government is just as corrupt as the crooks and begins stealing from its own citizens just because it can. And your buddy Trump just made things a lot worse.

    Gang Of Thieves: DEA Stole $3.2 Billion In Cash From Innocent People In Only A Decade

    A bombshell report from the Inspector General (IG) at the Department of Justice has exposed the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for the colossal thieves they are. According to the report, DEA seized more than $4 billion in cash from people since 2007, but $3.2 billion of the seizures were never connected to any criminal charges. That figure does not even include the seizure of cars and electronics.
    This thievery is possible through the insidious practice of civil asset forfeiture (CAF), where law enforcement can seize cash and property on the mere suspicion of being involved in criminal activity. Originally developed in the 1980s to go after organized crime, CAF has mushroomed into a source of revenue for cops across the country – from local to state to federal – in what’s become known as Policing for Profit.

    When an innocent person’s cash is stolen by DEA, that person must petition to get it back, meaning the burden of proof (and the burden of time and expense) is on the unlucky victim who never did anything wrong in the first place. In fact, “forfeiture proceedings start from the presumption of guilt.”

    The case of a man traveling at an airport with $27,000 is a prime example of how DEA can just take the cash on a whim, without even bothering to pretend it has to do with criminal activity.

    When a task force officer explained that the U.S. currency in the bag was going to be seized pending further investigation, the passenger asked whether he could keep some of the currency to travel home. The passenger asserted that all of the currency in the bag was his, and the task force officers allowed him to retain $1,000. This seizure resulted in an administrative forfeiture of $27,000 to the U.S. government, and the DEA explained to the OIG that, other than the events surrounding the seizure, there was no subsequent investigative activity or additional law enforcement benefit.
    Reason Magazine sums it up perfectly.

    If the DEA task force agents thought that man’s cash was connected to drug activity, why allow him to keep some of it? If they weren’t sure, why take it in the first place? The answer, of course, is there is no logical or legal rationale for this sequence of events.

    Indeed, most of the DEA’s cash seizures don’t relate to any criminal investigation, and 82 percent of the cases reviewed by the IG were settled without any judicial review. The DEA focuses on airports, train stations and bus terminals, relying on travel records and a host of confidential informants to target people they believe will have lots of cash.

    DEA gives itself wide latitude to pin you as a suspect for detainment and search. Woe to those “traveling to or from a known source city for drug trafficking, purchasing a ticket within 24 hours of travel, purchasing a ticket for a long flight with an immediate return, purchasing a one-way ticket, and traveling without checked luggage.”

    The IG concludes that DEA is posing great risks to civil liberties by continuing the practices highlighted in its report.

    ‘When seizure and administrative forfeitures do not ultimately advance an investigation or prosecution, law enforcement creates the appearance, and risks the reality, that it is more interested in seizing and forfeiting cash than advancing an investigation or prosecution.’

    The IG states that “risks to civil liberties are particularly significant when seizures that do not advance or relate to an investigation are conducted without a court-issued seizure warrant, the presence of illicit narcotics, or subsequent judicial involvement prior to administrative forfeiture.”

    The threat to civil liberties posed by CAF is being recognized more and more, as states continue to abolish the practice by requiring a criminal conviction before cash and assets can be seized. But the federal government is a primary reason why CAF still runs rampant, through the euphemistically named Equitable Sharing Fund where the stolen loot (amounting to $28 billion over the last decade) is shared by federal and state drug task forces.

    These findings fundamentally undercut law enforcement’s claim that civil forfeiture is a vital crime-fighting tool. Americans are already outraged at the Justice Department’s aggressive use of civil forfeiture, which has mushroomed into a multibillion dollar program in the last decade. This report only further confirms what we have been saying all along: Forfeiture laws create perverse financial incentives to seize property without judicial oversight and violate due process.

    This report is one more illustration that the only solution to resolving these issues is to end the use of civil forfeiture once and for all. – The Institute for Justice

    • malthuss May 15, 2017 at 9:06 pm #

      Thanks. Ugly government. Much too big.

      • messianicdruid May 15, 2017 at 11:16 pm #

        “The Last Official Act of Government: Loot the Nation”

  53. Pucker May 15, 2017 at 6:59 pm #

    Was Oswald’s Russian wife faking orgasm?

    Snake venom is used in female beauty products. Grain alcohol detoxifies snake venom. That’s why Charlie can drink grain alcohol with a cobra in the bottle.

  54. Pucker May 15, 2017 at 7:20 pm #

    Does Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, work for Mossad?

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  55. Pucker May 15, 2017 at 7:31 pm #

    In his memoirs, the Auschwitz Commandant, Rudolf Hoss, recounts building Auschwitz with the same Matter-of-Fact moral tone as a bloke building a fish tank, or repairing a refrigerator.

    • elysianfield May 16, 2017 at 10:39 am #

      You DO KNOW that the internment camp system that was Auschwitz was initially developed to support the manufacture of synthetic rubber? It was a huge plantation. The untoward outrages occurred subsequently.

  56. meargen May 15, 2017 at 8:24 pm #

    I enjoyed the comment this week on writing. I’ve been writing for 34 years, have had two novels published (my second, The Saint Louisans, came out in August 2016, Amphorae Press), and perseverance is the key. I’ve written several other novels, plays, short stories, and I’m certainly going to go to self-publishing. i also will donate my papers to the University of Missouri for the future. I’m also working on memoirs. JHK wrote a wonderful, fast-moving memoir about his life after college which delights me.
    I’ve had zero luck with agents, and I’m not wasting my time with them anymore. I don’t seem to have what they want, but that’s true for many. I remember a Vanity Fair article I read which implied about nine editors who all went to college at the same time control the publishing world. Also, Fred Reed wrote a good article on self-pulishing and how the major publishers are like dinosaurs in the ebook age.
    I would like to make some money, of course, but there’s nothing there. More importantly, I just need to tell a story and get it out of my system. JHK mentions Pooh Bollinger. I have a story about a security guard in Reagan era Boston who deals with a talking high-rise. Another about a GI in 1970’s Germany who gets educated and becomes involved in a behind the Iron Curtain heist. These are semi-autobiographical, but also, I hope, convey a sense of the times. Gore Vidal said all novels are historical in that sense. He also mentioned in the 1960’s that the novel is dead…not the actual writing of them, but that the audience is gone. I think there is an audience, and the sad thing about self-publishing is getting the word out and letting people know what you have to offer.
    As for autobiography, Andre Dubus III wrote Townie, a strong retelling of his life in industrial towns in Massachusetts. People will want a good story if it has characters. It’s better then the factory type books of James North Patterson or guys like Bill O’Reilly who usually have a ghostwriter with them.
    Novels are older than 200 years. One of my favorites, the Aethiopica, was written in the third century by Heliodorus, and The Tale of Genji, written by Lady Kurisaki, was from the 10th century.
    A publisher once told me that the publishing world isn’t a meritocracy, so you keep fighting on.
    I’ll read about Pooh soon…I’m editing a whole brace of my works this summer. If it’s anything like JHK’s The Halloween Ball, then it should be a lot of fun.

    • BackRowHeckler May 15, 2017 at 9:23 pm #

      Hey meargan I got a copy of ‘The St Louisans’, its on my shelf to be cracked open by the end of the month. i’m looking forward to it.

      did read TJ Stiles ‘Jesse James’, about bushwacking and fractured politics in Missouri 1855-1880. Jesus, what a place, what a time! The blood did flow; ‘no quarter asked, none given’, as they say. Reminded me of Sryian Civil war going on now, multiple sides, shifting alliances, all against all, many dead, including (and especially) the innocent.


    • Q. Shtik May 15, 2017 at 10:28 pm #

      Fred Reed wrote a good article on self-[pulishing] and how…

      It’s better [then] the factory type books…

      I’m editing a whole [brace] of my works this summer. – meargen


      Meargen, if you’re planning to self-publish, by all means hire a proof reader.

      a whole brace?
      Note: a brace = two.

      • BackRowHeckler May 15, 2017 at 11:37 pm #

        Ken, you really are a ball buster.

        I mean that as a compliment.


      • cbeard May 16, 2017 at 9:07 am #

        “I killed a chance of yankees and I’d like to kill some more”. A line from the song “Good Ol’ Rebel”. How many would a chance be?

  57. BackRowHeckler May 15, 2017 at 9:15 pm #

    Geez Jim, I didn’t realize the publishing and book writing industry was in such bad straits. I wonder if ‘The Great Gatsby’ or ‘To Have and Have Not’ could get published today, in 2017.

    Maybe that’s why there is such a nostalgia for Hemingway and Fitzgerald. A full page story last weekend in the Financial Times of London of a new release of Fitzgerald’s short stories (is there any better ss in the 20th century than ‘Babylon Revisited’?) and (yet) another Hemingway bio which got a full review in Sundays WSJ. In the past few years Paul Hendrickson’s ‘Hemingway’s Boat’, which was fascinating, and just last year ‘Hotel Florida’, about Hemingway, Gelhorn and Robert Capa in the Spanish Civil War.

    Now its books by celebs, available at grocery checkout counters. Does ‘Caitlyn’ Jenner have a book out yet? What a read that’ll be!


  58. Pucker May 15, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

    Did “Playboy” magazine ever go out of business? I used to read my Dad’s “Playboys” that he hid under his bed when I was a kid.

    • njguy73 May 15, 2017 at 10:45 pm #

      It’s still published, but “in October 2015, Playboy announced that starting with their March 2016 issue, the magazine would no longer feature full frontal nudity. Playboy CEO Scott Flanders acknowledged the magazine’s inability to compete with freely available Internet pornography and nudity; according to him, ‘You’re now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. And so it’s just passé at this juncture’. Hefner agreed with the decision.”

      “After a year-long removal of most nude photos in Playboy magazine, the March-April 2017 issue brought back nudity.”

      My guess? When Hef dies, it goes online-only.


      • BackRowHeckler May 16, 2017 at 12:55 am #

        How old is Hef now?

        He’s gotta be at least pushing 100.


        • seawolf77 May 16, 2017 at 7:18 am #

          91 and still boinking 20 somethings. My hat off to him and his viagra.

          • thwack May 16, 2017 at 9:48 am #

            probably don’t need it, he’s boffing the top of the poon chain.

            Hot = you make out with her while plowing.

            Pretty = You look at her face while plowing.

            Okay = you look at the plowing.

      • elysianfield May 16, 2017 at 10:52 am #

        Regarding the change in Playboy’s format;

        It had nothing to do with nudity…the format was changed from a ;”Men’s Magazine” to something closer to “Vanity Fair”…it was a shallow attempt to include more women in the readership. I cancelled my subscription with the first new issue. Heyyy….

  59. FincaInTheMountains May 15, 2017 at 9:46 pm #

    Very few people understand the historical significance of these documents

    Comey Firing Letters


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  60. Pucker May 15, 2017 at 9:58 pm #

    Fred, Lamont, Rollo, and Grady….

    According to a survey by the New York Times, only just over a third of Americans actually know where North Korea is, despite it being constantly in the news and its ongoing hostilities toward the US.
    The Times, with Morning Consult, found that of 1,746 American adults who were asked to identify North Korea is on a world map, 64% could not pinpoint it, with some placing it in Australia, Russia, China and India.

    • malthuss May 15, 2017 at 11:34 pm #

      A dyke….did you find that at Drudge?

  61. piltdownman May 15, 2017 at 10:26 pm #

    Jim – What a true joy to hear your real voice, the one that is not so intent on doom and gloom. (not that I don’t get that!)

    I grew up in the same environs (downstate kid, college in upstate NY) and, I think like you, was more of an observer than a participant. And I have also attempted to get published. “Do you have a platform?” is the constant query. Oh, and speaking of that, is your query “hot” enough? Did enough people die in the first chapter? Is it multiple viewpoint?

    Best wishes, my friend.

    • pequiste May 16, 2017 at 12:43 am #

      Hey Pilt,

      Could you perhaps elaborate on just what the heck “Do you have a platform?” is supposed to mean.

      (The gallows immediately comes to my “doom & gloom” mind’s eye:

      Plus a little context about “…, is your query ‘hot’ enough?” would go a long way to provide some clarity about some of the controlled media’s appetite for circle-jerks and mind-fuck nonsense for writers.

      Thanks in advance.

  62. Q. Shtik May 15, 2017 at 10:54 pm #

    Jim, let me be the first to say thank you for not mentioning Trump or Comey. One more word about it (after this past weekend) and I would tear out my hair and rend my garments.

  63. liquid lennny May 15, 2017 at 11:08 pm #


    Haven’t commented in quite a while, but always check out your blog on a weekly basis.

    Finished WMBH a couple of months ago and just left Amazon a few minutes ago after purchasing AS&HP. With a hugely “up their’s” to the publishing world in general and to The Atlantic specifically. Actually used to like that rag, came across your writing for the first time in ’93 with ‘The Geography of Nowhere’ based on their review.
    As a Developer and Planner I’ll admit I really didn’t get the big picture until ’08’ and after coming across Michael Rupert’s ‘Collapse’ and reading ‘The Long Emergency’.

    Thanks for being a guide for those of us traveling down the rabbit hole. Your work make us know we’re not totally f##kin’ insane, or at a minimum at least we’ve got lots of good company…

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    • malthuss May 15, 2017 at 11:35 pm #

      JHK could write about the Kardashians or something that the commoners would enjoy.

  64. malthuss May 15, 2017 at 11:31 pm #


    How about this for the ultimate techno Narcissism?



    • malthuss May 15, 2017 at 11:33 pm #

      Forget about soft drinks and potato chips – a “vending machine” in Singapore is offering up luxury vehicles, including Bentleys, Ferraris and Lamborghinis.

      Used car seller Autobahn Motors opened a futuristic 15-story showroom in December, with vehicles on display in 60 slots, billing it as the “world’s largest luxury car vending machine”.

      Customers on the ground floor choose from a touchscreen display which car they wish to see. The car arrives within one to two minutes thanks to an advanced system that manages vehicle retrieval, the company says.

      Gary Hong, general manager at Autobahn Motors, said the vending machine format was aimed at making efficient use of space in land-scarce Singapore as well as standing out from the competition.

      “We needed to meet our requirement of storing a lot of cars. At the same time, we wanted to be creative and innovative,” he told Reuters.

      LIKE WOW

      • BackRowHeckler May 15, 2017 at 11:49 pm #

        I used to like those Coca Cola vending machines back in the day. Always painted red, with the great logo. We had one at our local ‘Flying A’ gas station. 10c for a coke, 6 oz, a thick glass bottle. When the bottle came out there would be a lot of crunchy mechanical sounds like there was a lot going on inside that machine for it to give up the goods. The coke was ice cold, just above the freezing mark. What a treat that was.


        • malthuss May 16, 2017 at 12:05 am #

          JHK–what about the image in my link as a monthly ‘eyesore?’

        • Janos Skorenzy May 16, 2017 at 12:29 am #

          Didn’t the pitcherSandy Koffax (sp?) get his hand caught in one once, causing injury?

          Mice have been found in some cans. Imagine Pucker’s pleasure on finding such a treasure kissing his puckered lips as he imbibes.

          Imagine the degree of mental illness in the old West, what with men without women for months and years. Of course they act crazy when they come to town. Or sailors who spend all their wages on whores when they come ashore.

          All the things you love are unbalanced – even if otherwise necessary, great, or glorious.

          • malthuss May 16, 2017 at 10:36 am #

            Kara McCullough —–
            For the second year, DC entrant wins Ms USA.

            That she is a mulatto or 1/4 Black [in looks], and a Scientist,
            could that be why she won?

          • thwack May 16, 2017 at 1:10 pm #

            Black Irish

  65. malthuss May 15, 2017 at 11:51 pm #


    With their father’s sexual-assault trial looming, Bill Cosby’s daughters Ensa and Erinn released statements of support for their dad via NYC radio talk show “The Breakfast Club” Monday morning. Host Charlamagne Tha God said that he’d been approached by Cosby’s publicist because the comedian’s daughters listen “faithfully” to the show and wanted to speak out in advance of his June trial, in which he is facing three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault from an alleged encounter with accuser Andrea Constand in 2004.

    “I am a very private person and have chosen to live my life quietly with my family. But for my child, my niece, my nephew, and my father, I cannot sit quietly anymore,” said Ensa, before going on to list her father’s many accomplishments in civil rights activism, parenting, entertainment, and philanthropy.

    “The accusations against my father have been one-sided from the beginning. When he tried to defend himself, he was sued in civil court. I’ve seen the accusations become more horrific and extreme with time, and I’ve witnessed my father’s reputation and legendary works be dismissed without any proof,” Ensa said, referencing the 50 or so women who have accused Cosby, 79, of sexual assault. “I strongly believe my father is innocent of the crimes alleged against him, and I believe that racism has played a big role in all aspects of this scandal. How the charges came about being made against him, how people believed them before they were ever scrutinized or tested, how people who questioned the claims were shut down and ignored.”

    She continued, “The media created the story and the outcome before any court will ever test the claims. How my father is being punished by a society that still believes black men rape white women but passes off as ‘boys will be boys’ when white men are accused. How the politics of our country prove my disgust. My father has been publicly lynched in the media. My family, my young daughter, my young niece and nephew have had to stand helplessly by and watch the double standards of pretending to protect the rights of some, but ignoring the rights of others and exposing innocent children to such appalling accusations about someone they love dearly and who has been so loving and kind to them is beyond cruel.”

    • thwack May 16, 2017 at 9:53 am #

      Im not one for black people crying “racism” when they come under suspicion of criminal activity; but there are some weird things about this Cosby case that give me pause about his guilt?

      • elysianfield May 16, 2017 at 10:59 am #

        I understand your feelings regarding his innocence…and OJ, and Michael Brown, and Treyvon Martin, and and….

        • thwack May 16, 2017 at 1:07 pm #


          As Donald would say BELIEEEEEVE ME, some ni66as just need to get shot, you can’t reason with the, you can’t talk…

          But Cosby?

          Bill Cosby was top shelf Hollywood; he was in clubs JEWS couldn’t get into?

          Don’t act like you don’t know the level of affiliation Im talking about?

          So the question becomes:

          What happened, or what did he do to lose his untouchability?

          because, you know if he’s guilty, so are a whole lot of other people in that class because they operate in packs. He even told his wife very early on that it was necessary for him to engage in “certain behaviors” to keep his standing in the “rat packs.”

          In addition, there are the suspicious circumstances under which his son, Ennis, was murdered, specifically, the guy they found to take the fall for the “robbery” in which nothing was taken, not even his Rolex watch?

          Further, the woman who tried to black mail him claiming she was his daughter. He paid the woman mother thousands of dollars for many years even though the child was NOT his.

          Finally, the liberal elite mafia may have become fed up with Cosby criticizing dysfunctional black culture, and telling black people to pull up their fucking pants and speak correct English… instead of whining about racism all the time…

          Theres more but I’ll stop here.

          Actually, no I won’t.

          Women are being told “if you had ANY interaction with Bill Cosby, you probably got raped, but don’t remember it because he drugged you…

          So sign up right here and get ready to load the boat cause its all about the money

          *for your bread and butter drag Cosby in the gutter*

          • Janos Skorenzy May 16, 2017 at 1:45 pm #

            A very interesting question: why do some people get away with it and some do not. Hillary is untouchable – she knows far too much. Bill Cosby and Clinton got hammered in civil court, but Criminal is a whole other story. The power of the accusers is another factor of course.

  66. meargen May 15, 2017 at 11:58 pm #

    Q.Shtik: Thanks for the catch. Immediate posts don’t get a look-over sometimes, and in my writer’s group, we used each other to proofread, but it is essential in publishing.

    Backrowheckler: My first novel, The Green Path, was set in central Missouri and had parts of it dealing with the Civil War. I had ancestors fight on both sides during the war in Missouri. A good novel to read is Daniel Woodrall’s Woe To Live On, which was made into a movie, Ride With the Devil, very accurate on the guerrilla war. He also wrote Winter’s Bone.

  67. Q. Shtik May 16, 2017 at 12:26 am #

    In the fall of 1967, a schlemiel named Don Bessemer from Short Pump, Virginia, got me pregnant.


    Jim, in ^this^ first sentence of your new novel you have Pooh Bollinger, using the word schlemiel and I wondered is the character specifically Jewish?

    I also Googled the question “is Bollinger a Jewish name?” and the answer is that it could be. And what about the guy who knocked Pooh up? Is he Jewish?

    And how on earth were you even aware of the existence of the oddly named, Short Pump, Virginia?… a dozen or so miles to the north and west of Richmond where some people have a unique version of southern accent in which the letters J and K are pronounced Jay-uh and Kay-uh, respectively. (I spent time in those parts in my days as an itinerant auditor.)

    Finally, in your conception of the lead character, how is Bollinger pronounced: Bowl-in-jer or Bol-ling-er, where Bol rhymes with doll? I’ve only encountered the name Bollinger once, a Wall St guy (first name John) who invented a certain stock chart feature known as “Bollinger bands” pronounced Bowl-in-jer.

    Note: I will not be offended if you decide not to satisfy my curiosity about such minutiae. In any case I will be acquiring your book sometime soon.

    • San Jose May 16, 2017 at 12:38 am #

      There is a Bollinger Road in Cupertino. It is pronounced “bol-lin-jer”

      • Q. Shtik May 16, 2017 at 12:50 am #

        Does bol rhyme doll or with bowl?

        • ozone May 16, 2017 at 9:13 am #

          Now do you see why I ask for a standardized spelling that *reflects the pronunciation*?

          It’s time; unless we’d prefer to lose our language of nearly-infinite subtle meanings and textures to bland, screen-watching mediocrity.

          • Q. Shtik May 16, 2017 at 2:05 pm #

            Now do you see why I ask for a standardized spelling that *reflects the pronunciation*? – Oz


            Oh, I see why perfectly, Oz. I have often thought of taking on the task myself but I had expended just a couple of hours when I realized the enormity of it all and gave it up.

            Take for example: CON-tract (noun) vs con-TRACT (verb)

        • San Jose May 16, 2017 at 10:05 am #


        • San Jose May 16, 2017 at 11:16 am #

          I’ve heard it pronounced both ways, but I use “bowl.”

  68. Buck Stud May 16, 2017 at 1:00 am #

    Excellent, interesting post from JHK today (and some great commentary as well).

    “Thus, the second morsel of wisdom I offer wannabes is to give up seeking validation from friends and relatives. I never ask friends to read my works-in-progress. If nothing else, reading loose manuscript pages is a pain in the ass.”–JHK

    The above comment has me recollecting these paragraphs from “Art and Fear”:

    Filmmaker Lou Stoumen tells the painfully un-apocryphal story about hand-carrying his first film (produced while he was still a student) to the famed teacher and film theorist Slavko Vorkapitch. The teacher watched the entire film in silence and as the viewing ended rose and left the room without uttering a word. Stoumen, more than a bit shaken, ran out after him and asked, “But what did you think of my film?”

    Replied Vorkapitch, “What film?”

    The lesson here is simply that courting approval, even that of peers, puts a dangerous amount of power in the hands of the audience, Worse yet, the audience is seldom in a position to grant (or withhold) approval on the one issue that really counts—namely, whether or not you’re making progress in your work. They’re in a good position to comment on how they’re moved (or challenged or entertained) by the finished product, but have little knowledge or interest in your process. Audience comes later. The only pure communication is between you and your work.”

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    • Janos Skorenzy May 16, 2017 at 2:24 pm #

      Yes, the world wants fruits and flowers, not seeds and roots. They’ll be interested in your process only retroactively – if and when you make it big.

      Rodin’s secretary, the philosopher Ludivico, recalled how no woman would have anything to do with the young Rodin. But after he made it, he had to beat them off with his chisel. It’s not that woman have poor taste. They simply have none. There may be an exception here and there, but no man can ever count on finding one.

      “The records of the lives of artists reveal on singular fact most impressively, and that is the frequency with which they have had to associate with immoral women or women of the working classes. Heine, Goethe, Rodin, Van Gogh, Wagner, etc – they are all alike in this; so much so, indeed Weininger, with his customary superficiality, thought fit to assert that ‘great men have always preferred women of the prostitute type’. Weininger is wrong: great men have no always preferred women of this type. The point is however that women of the prostitute type or women of the proletariat are the only women who will, as a rule, have anything to do with great men when, as in the case of Wagner, Heine, Van Gogh, and Rodin, their beginings are poor, inconspicuous, and uncertain.”

      Anthony Ludivico

    • Q. Shtik May 16, 2017 at 2:47 pm #

      the famed teacher and film theorist Slavko Vorkapitch.


      If I hadn’t Googled it I’d say that name sounds totally made up. I picture a leather swathed, east European artisan on his way to work on a nondescript 250 cc motorcycle with bald tires.

  69. Buck Stud May 16, 2017 at 1:17 am #

    There was some really corny and oh so charming shit that came out of the sixties…”She can’t promise!” LOL!


  70. Buck Stud May 16, 2017 at 2:20 am #

    One of the great revelations about growing older (I didn’t type “old”) is that one begins to recognize the perfection of Nature. Women that were formerly unattractive because of their age are now alluringly attractive even as they push up against eighty–or at least some of them. Perhaps much of the attraction is pure mental projection as in ” I wonder if she has lost her sense of inhibition as the constrained fig leaf of “morals” gets ever closer to falling from the autumn tree of life anyway.

    IOW, when life looks to be short, “living” can start acting mighty tall and bold (finally).

    A couple of months ago I was walking through a large crowd toward the art museum when an elderly woman bumped into me and started making conversation. Since she seemed so intent on talking I asked her if she would like to pop into the cafe across the street and that I would pay ( she also looked to be a bit down on her luck as a result of a fixed income in an area of rising rents.)

    Anyway, as we began to talk she told me she used to model at the Art Student’s League about ten years ago and I suddenly realized that I had painted her at one point. We began to discuss some of the instructors and student’s names and boldly enough, she brazenly told me how she would position and reveal herself to the painters she considered attractive. Based on that comment I tried to recall if she ever gave me a full frontal view but I could not recall. Since she was talking brave and bold, I came out and asked if at her age she still had a desire for sex. She told that indeed she did and furthermore confessed that it was a problem that clouded her judgement. I don’t know why but at this point, for right or wrong, that familiar siren and strange radar went off in my head: Stalker.

    I supposed I have learned via hard experience that sometimes ‘you just have to let them pass on by’.

    What started off as sort of serendipitously sensuous turned rather cool. And yet I still felt sorry for this old woman of 74, living on a fixed income and in what I was told was a rougher section of town. And to compound my sympathy, I could very clearly tell that her memory was failing.

    As our our gathering was coming to a close, I realized that I had painted this woman’s portrait at some point and that I was sure I still had it. Before leaving I asked her if I could give her some money just because I felt like it. I could tell that she was crying and she accepted my offer so I gave her thirty bucks.

    I also asked, since she was obviously lonely and socially isolated, if she would like to visit the museum the next Sunday at the same time. She seemed very eager and kept repeating the time to herself so as not to forget–she didn’t have any hi-tech gadgets or even a pen and paper. She assured me that she would remember and I said, “good, I also have something I want to give to you.”

    Well next Sunday came and after a full week of processing this strange meeting I really wasn’t that excited about going but the thought of standing up this lonely woman was just too cruel to ponder and live with and so I went.

    I must have waited for a good hour for her to show but she never did. I wrote it off to her memory or perhaps she just decided she would rather not. I sort of laughed and felt a bit sad all at the same time. Her portrait was going home with me, forever turned to the wall and never to be seen again.

    • tucsonspur May 16, 2017 at 5:40 am #

      You waited an hour. Dollars to donuts you already looked at her portrait again. And again. And again. Unless the reality of both your ages, and the outright dismissal of your kindness completely evaporated the poignant moment.

      Yet you still have the painting, so you will look and try to recapture “it”. Right. What the hell do I know.

      “when life looks to be short, ‘living’ can start acting mighty tall”
      Can it ever! Well put.

    • malthuss May 16, 2017 at 10:40 am #

      What a strange story.

    • Janos Skorenzy May 16, 2017 at 2:31 pm #

      Yes, a confirmation of all I believe. The Saints warn us of the depths sensuality can sink us too. Bad enough for a Man – who is the painter – but a Woman! The Canvas should know that her hour has long since passed. One is reminded of Sinead O’Connor, beautiful in her youth, stating publicly that she needed a lover – and one who would do “anal”. She was in late middle age I believe – much younger than your crush, but alas the Irish lifestyle of beer in smoky pubs does not lend itself to the endurance of beauty. Only the secularized asceticism of the French Lady has any hope of that.

  71. jloughrey May 16, 2017 at 3:32 am #

    As someone who has four books of my own published, I can relate. Book publishing is like remodeling your kitchen or selling your house; it never goes according to the best-laid plans. That said, I am thrilled to know that Patreon has allowed you the freedom to pursue personal projects. Being able to ultimately control the content through self-publishing is not a bad thing. Congrats on the new book!

    • malthuss May 16, 2017 at 10:45 am #

      Did you give us a link to your books?

  72. tucsonspur May 16, 2017 at 4:52 am #

    Nice work, Jim. A pleasant, informative, personal walk down memory lane.

    Made me think of Rollo May. You know, “the courage to create”.
    Taking your stand against the culture, saying “this is me and the damned world can go to hell”.

    I imagine those chevrons of chauvinism are nowhere to be found, but my wife will certainly look around for them.

    It would be wonderful if Pooh knew Jesse. Jesse Winchester, that is.
    Up there in the hills of old Vermont. See him here, both old and young:


  73. FincaInTheMountains May 16, 2017 at 9:16 am #

    News from the parallel universe (or is it a nut house?)

    Washington Post objects Trump sharing airline safety tips with Russian authorities on the grounds that more Russian airline passenger must die as a result of terror attacks because Russian hackers dared to mess with sacred Jeffersonian Democracy.

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    • DA May 16, 2017 at 10:24 am #

      All the work of the Hillary wing of the MICC, which is obviously ascendant again. Trump might have been bought off and/or threatened and is now performing an extended curtain call on his way out. Time will tell. Either way, Russian relations are back in the crapper, which is where they’ll stay until the current outbreak of madness in the US is exterminated once and for all. I wouldn’t hold my breath.

    • malthuss May 16, 2017 at 10:42 am #

      But who are those ‘Globalists?’

      • DA May 16, 2017 at 10:55 am #

        Who are the globalists? What do you want, a list?

        • volodya May 16, 2017 at 10:59 am #

          Start with Fortune 500 companies and who controls them. Look at who attends pow-wows at Davos. That would be a start.

          • DA May 16, 2017 at 11:12 am #

            Among the DC, NYC, and London financial and political elite, it’s probably much easier to ask who’s NOT in with the globalists.

  74. thwack May 16, 2017 at 10:43 am #

    Everybody should FIRST clean up their room


    Then we can all get back to attacking, criticizing and finding fault with each other.

    Just sayin

    • DA May 16, 2017 at 11:49 am #

      Good advice in general.

  75. beantownbill. May 16, 2017 at 11:04 am #

    The world has turned into one large brokerage operation. We have real estate brokers, insurance brokers, stock brokers, power brokers, art brokers, etc. Publishing became word brokerage. The job of a broker is to bring buyers and sellers together – not for altruistic reasons, but to make money. However, in the 21st century, with the internet and social media, the world has gotten smaller; and now the need for middlemen is getting weaker and weaker. Hence self-publishing doing away with the classic publishing industry. And it’s a good thing.

  76. volodya May 16, 2017 at 11:22 am #

    DA, IMO Russia is what the stage magicians want us to look at.

    If you’re looking for adversaries look to China. If you’re looking for a grass-roots adversarial ideology, look to the Islamic world. I say grass-roots because that’s where the energy is in my estimation. But Saudi money is helping via their funding of madrassas. I think it was Aayan Hirsi Ali that said that, in her view, there’s different groupings in Islam, for example, the Mecca group and the Medina group. The Medina group is all for the forcible imposition of sharia law. They are a minority but a violent minority numbering in the tens of millions with the capacity to destabilize countries and wide tracts of the globe, as we’re seeing.

    But China is also expanding their tentacles notwithstanding their insistence that they don’t interfere in the internal affairs of other countries. They’re putting a lot of their dough into Africa for example and Pakistan. And so how can they not “interfere”? One comes with the other as they would want to protect their investments.

    As China does what it does as a likely and foreseeable consequence of being built up by American capitalists, its influence expands globally. And I say “likely” and “foreseeable” but only by people with wisdom and forbearance. You won’t find a lot of that in the Davos set.

    • Janos Skorenzy May 16, 2017 at 2:37 pm #

      Well that’s the thing: when millions of a particular group are here, their interests are now here as well. Mexicans politicians campaign in California now. And now that the Chinese are the biggest immigrant group (legal), they can claim an interest here as well. Obviously they’re not going to assimilate – there’s nothing left to assimilate to.

      • DA May 16, 2017 at 10:00 pm #

        And now that the Chinese are the biggest immigrant group (legal), they can claim an interest here as well. Obviously they’re not going to assimilate – there’s nothing left to assimilate to.


    • DA May 16, 2017 at 8:31 pm #

      I think the US has more than enough enemies to go around these days. Russia is much more of an “existential” evil for the US & European Global power elite, for any number of rather obvious ethnic and geographic reasons, mostly stemming from 20th century and earlier blood feuds. But among the most grating has to be the stubborn mare Russia’s spitting of the global capitalist bit in the late 1990’s, largely due to Vladimir Putin, and they’re continued proclivity to be a thorn in the side of US/globalist ambitions in the region ever since. The Chinese, in spite of a recent uptick in autonomy, would still be little more than regional mercantilists, had not Russia given them great leeway to maneuver. Although in some respects, I suppose just the opposite could be said as well.

      At any rate, as little as Americans and western Europeans understand about the Russian mindset, they understand CONSIDERABLY LESS about the Chinese. And dealing with either Russia OR China geo-strategically is exceedingly difficult without cooperation from the other. In that sense, recent attempts by both nations to forge Russian-Chinese trade and/or monetary agreements must scare the living shit out of US/globalist officials, ESPECIALLY if it comes to dropping the US Dollar as monetary unit of choice for OPEC oil transactions.

  77. volodya May 16, 2017 at 11:37 am #

    Among the DC, NYC, and London financial and political elite, it’s probably much easier to ask who’s NOT in with the globalists. – DA

    There’s a lot of truth to that. The financial elite look to their own advantage and so they bought out the political class. Until the Brexit and Trump shockers, the convenient and self-serving assumption (backed by academic theorizing) was that globalization is an unalloyed good opposed only by ignoramuses and racists. The problem is that hundreds of counties in the US voted twice for Obama but then voted for Trump. So what happened? Did these enlightened Obama progressives suffer some mental and moral impairment to have voted for Trump?

    What exists here is a political opportunity for a capable politician to weld together a coalition of interests, acting in their own rational self interest and in the national interest, opposed to the Davos gang. Trump was the one that saw it in the US, some others in Europe see it too.

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    • DA May 16, 2017 at 11:55 am #

      Yeah, but it’s hard to know what to make of Trump at this point. Whatever political “genius(?)” he seemed to exhibit during the election has long since evaporated. At this point, he appears to be a just different strain of the same malignancy – a competing cancer if you will. And I see no other “capable politicians” even remotely in sight, not that a single pol will make much of a difference anyway. See Bernie Sanders.

  78. volodya May 16, 2017 at 11:58 am #

    Ghostofham, I guess you can see different ironies here.

    You can say that the DARPA brainchild became a dispensary for digital opium for the masses, ironically because it was never intended as such, the other irony being that guys like Kunstler are using that same dispensary to counter its cretinizing effects.

    Another irony is that even though Kunstler is one of the good guys, he’s of that same “creative class” that I just pissed all over. Maybe you can think of other ironies.

  79. volodya May 16, 2017 at 12:16 pm #

    DA, Trump saw what others didn’t see or refused to see. OK Bernie saw it too. But calling it “genius” is a bit of a stretch because one present-day definition of genius is convoluting the plain and ordinary meaning and sense of events. See, only a “genius” can make the easily comprehensible incomprehensible.

    So maybe Trump and Bernie are the anti-geniuses, expending very little in perspiration, having next to nothing in the way of inspiration because, after all, what effort and inspiration does it take to see what’s in the plain light of day and then to call it what it is?

    The problem with Trump is what does he do with this observation. I don’t think it’s a stretch that EVERYONE with either money or political power opposes any hint of undoing what’s been put in place the past few decades.

    You’re right, I don’t see any capable politicians out there either. The danger is that the field is being ceded to violent men with comical moustaches and arm-bands.

    Over to you Janos.

    • elysianfield May 16, 2017 at 12:43 pm #

      Well, we tried with ignorant men with comical hair and trade-brands…vot could be voice?

      • elysianfield May 16, 2017 at 12:45 pm #

        “vot could be voice?”

        • volodya May 16, 2017 at 1:05 pm #

          Maybe respectable family men, that never put a foot wrong, that have no vices, with solid careers and records of accomplishment, mehbe dey could toyn out voice. Vot do I know?

  80. FincaInTheMountains May 16, 2017 at 12:17 pm #

    Trump might have been bought off and/or threatened and is now performing an extended curtain call on his way out. == DA

    The objective reality given to us in sensations through the locked emerald glasses of the “mainstream” media is coming through with a vengeance.

    Family of slain DNC staffer Seth Rich blasts detective over report of WikiLeaks link


    • DA May 16, 2017 at 12:52 pm #

      It’s all a fun house hall of mirrors at this point. Separating the truth from the lies at this point is almost impossible for the common man in anything like real time. All by design, I’m sure. When in doubt, blow smoke and obfuscate your ass off.

      • volodya May 16, 2017 at 1:32 pm #

        To paraphrase a cartoon in truthdig, the never-ending lies of one keep undermining falsehoods of others.

  81. volodya May 16, 2017 at 1:16 pm #

    If it turns out to be true Hillary’s head will explode:


    • volodya May 16, 2017 at 1:19 pm #

      And Chuck Shumer will shed his human skin.

    • FincaInTheMountains May 16, 2017 at 1:32 pm #

      If it turns out to be true Hillary’s head will explode

      He, he.. It may already did!

      It’s either her double or she became mighty stupid.

    • FincaInTheMountains May 16, 2017 at 1:45 pm #

      I wonder if, according to my recommendation, they’ve used bullets smelted from silver Kennedy half-dollar?

  82. janet May 16, 2017 at 1:51 pm #

    “It’s all a fun house hall of mirrors at this point.” –DA

    Elect a clown. Expect a circus.

    I wonder if Israel is enjoying sharing intelligence with Trump? (knowing Trump is sharing it with Iran via Russia). Our intelligence assets on the ground might be a bit nervous right about now. I guess Trump considers them expendable.

    European intelligence is already saying they don’t trust blabber-mouth Trump. A European country has said it may stop sharing intelligence with the US, because Donald Trump provided classified information to Russia.

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    • DA May 16, 2017 at 8:43 pm #

      Let a janet in, get propaganda.

  83. janet May 16, 2017 at 2:02 pm #

    Trump’s administration is the leakiest in the history of the United States. Trump has no control, no discipline. He is weak and can’t stop the leaks. This chaotic uncontrolled environment means other countries do not want to share intelligence with the US. Israel does not want its intelligence shared with the Russians.

    With Trump there is no guarantee of anything. Trump has created a downward spiral he cannot manage.

    Don’t elect an inept business man to run a country. Corporations and countries are very different animals. Trump is incompetent, has no military experience, has no government experience, and is putting the United States at risk.

    Under Trump North Korea is moving forward with their program to develop ICBMs with nuclear warheads capable of hitting the United States, with nine missile launches since Trump’s inauguration. The North Koreans recognize a paper tiger, a puppet, when they see one.

    Puppet Trump just follows Putin’s instructions, calls another meeting with Russians in the White House, and reveals classified information to the Russians. Then the next day Trump admits he did so in his tweets.

    Trump is a traitor and a danger to the people of the United States.

    • DA May 16, 2017 at 8:42 pm #

      janet’s an example of a wall to wall propaganda infestation.

    • The Articulate Infant May 16, 2017 at 9:31 pm #

      “Trump is a traitor and a danger to the people of the United States”…right. And since when you have cared about the office of The President of the USA? Or its citizens for that matter? Especially such evil cis het white men? Oh, that’s right it matters to you when it’s time for another gothic hate rave about…Trump. Like last week, and the week before that, and the week after this…Just rinse & repeat.
      “This chaotic uncontrolled environment means other countries do not want to share intelligence with the US”
      Corrected for accuracy – Its the USA that has had concerns with intelligence sharing – most notably Germany. You do recall that Angela Merkel’s cell phone was hacked & bugged by the NSA don’t you? And what President did that happen under? I’ll give you a clue – it wasn’t the Trump.
      “has no military experience” and the Sainted OB did? And W Bush did? Deserting from the National Guard doesn’t count. And Clinton? His military experience?
      “Under Trump North Korea is moving forward with their program to develop ICBMs with nuclear warheads capable of hitting the United States” That should make you happy. North Korea has been developing this missile program for years, you’d know that if you’d shut up about Trump and gangs of evil white men lurking around every corner ready to rape, rob and lynch POC for 5 minutes. If you think China is going to let North Korea run amok and start a nuclear exchange, you’re even dumber than you sound.

      • DA May 16, 2017 at 9:36 pm #

        Nice rant, but “janet” is in all likelihood just a corporate bot planted to draw out commenter information. I wouldn’t reply to it if I were you.

  84. janet May 16, 2017 at 2:31 pm #

    Too much magic? It’s one of the Holy Grails for battery researchers and electric-car advocates alike: a battery that could recharge in the same amount of time as it takes to stop for gasoline.

    God bless the Jews! Israeli technology startup, StoreDot is known for its fast-charging cells, says that the FlashBattery technology within its pouch cells use “nanomaterials in a layered structure” and “proprietary organic compounds” to deliver a “radical improvement” over conventional lithium-ion cells.

    The technology allows for “unprecedented charging rates,” according to StoreDot. When multiple cells are assembled into modules, and a battery pack is assembled from 40 modules, the company says the result will power an electric car with 300 miles of range along with 5-minute recharges. The company demonstrated that technology at the Cube Tech Fair in Berlin.

    The company said it has 30 material scientists, biochemists, organic chemists electrochemists, and device engineers working within its laboratories, in which it has invested about $20 million.

    StoreDot said it combines nanotechnology and organic synthesis, as in biotech facilities, a development process that is similar to the process of developing new drug.

    It also claims its compound is safer than lithium-ion cells because it’s non-flammable and has a higher combustion temperature.

    • tucsonspur May 16, 2017 at 3:02 pm #

      But what’s the top speed and torque? 0-60? 1/4 mile? Can the car really burn rubber without much charge reduction? Can it peel out efficiently? Huh? Can it?

    • thwack May 16, 2017 at 3:15 pm #

      the company says the result will power an electric car with 300 miles of range along with 5-minute recharges.


      More importantly,

      how many charging cycles before they need a full reconditioning?

      Talk to some Prius owners and get back to me.

    • DA May 16, 2017 at 8:41 pm #

      janet, don’t bot around here no more, whore!

    • DA May 16, 2017 at 9:21 pm #

      On the other hand, old school American technology has ALREADY produced something like this, and rather affordably at that:

      Dodge Yellowjacket Hellcat

      Thinking about kicking the tires on Memorial Day weekend. No “nanos” required at all, just a fair amount of cash.

  85. tucsonspur May 16, 2017 at 2:52 pm #

    And Trump is messing with the national monuments and parks. Soon they may look like this island.


    It’s Mother Earth First, Last, Always. So it should be.

  86. janet May 16, 2017 at 3:26 pm #

    Trump’s little helpers, like McMaster, are just making things worse. McMaster’s defense of Trump is that he didn’t really know the source of the report and, therefore, couldn’t have possibly told the Russians more than he should?

    The opposite end of that defense is this: Trump was talking to two top officials of an adversarial power about highly protected information without having been briefed fully on that information.

    Which creates this choice: Either Trump was talking about a topic he knew about — and knew he needed to be careful as to what he could say — or he was freelancing with a piece of information he didn’t really know the full story on.

    Much like what happened last week with the aftermath of the firing of FBI Director James Comey, the White House’s inability to stick to a single story regarding what Trump actually told (or didn’t tell) the Russians is making the situation far worse.

    If Trump hadn’t been fully briefed on the information and its source, then why was he talking about it in the Oval Office with a country that has been a bad actor on the world stage — and that we know actively worked to sway the 2016 election?

    McMaster’s explanation of what Trump knew and what he said neither disputes the Post and CNN reporting nor makes it totally obvious that Trump knew what he was talking about with Lavrov and Kisylak.

    Fat man goin’ down…

    • DA May 16, 2017 at 8:38 pm #

      janet’s a bot.

  87. janet May 16, 2017 at 3:32 pm #

    “I am told that what the President did is actually far worse than what is being reported. The President does not seem to realize or appreciate that his bragging can undermine relationships with our allies and with human intelligence sources. He also does not seem to appreciate that his loose lips can get valuable assets in the field killed.”

    –Erick Erickson, conservative pundit

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    • DA May 16, 2017 at 8:38 pm #

      janet’s a bot.

  88. FincaInTheMountains May 16, 2017 at 8:06 pm #

    Latest News of the American and Russian Military Industrial Complexes

    For what it is necessary to be grateful to Hillary Clinton, it is that she pulled to the surface and declassified the connection of the medieval esoteric sects with the modern military-industrial complex.

    For example, a major sponsor and also the main advertiser of the PBS channel, that so frankly laid down under the Clintons with the beginning of the election campaign that most of its journalists preferred to quit, than to disgrace themselves, engaging in outright political propaganda, became BAE Systems, a company that advertised itself as a creator of a workable railgun and a deplorably notorious destroyer, on which it was to be installed.

    On the other hand, the connection between Vanguard Group and the main distributor of the famous porn movie Deep Throat and the famous agent Deep Throat, who provoked the Watergate scandal in which the young lawyer Hillary Clinton played an outstanding role, is well documented.

    And their general connection with the Great Manipulator (Eros) described in Giordano Bruno’s remarkable book “De vinculis in genere” is self-evident and does not require proofs other than acquaintance with this book. Moreover, the entire history of Vanguard, combined with the history of BAE Systems, is an excellent illustration of the relevance of this book and its full relevance in modern politics, including the impact on Detente of the international tensions of the development of the multiple independently targetable reentry vehicles (MIRV) technology.

    Fortunately (or unfortunately) President Trump, who for many years managed the beauty contests, is well versed in these issues at least on a practical level. And being a true American patriot, he questioned the effectiveness of these methods on the Russian men-peasants sitting at the controls of Tu-160, T-50 jets and Armata tanks and therefore appreciate Eros only in extremely primitive way, already taken the decision to double the production of Super Hornet which indirectly confirms a long time rumor that Russian air defense systems are perfectly capable of seeing “stealth” F-35 and America now just does not have a normal fighter other than the F-22, production of which has been terminated as EXTREMELY expensive.

    Of course, the American media, who are now at war with President Trump for life and death, have denied and continue to deny these rumors


    Firstly, these rumors really helped Trump during his election campaign, because all decision-makers knew that BAE-Systems, which sold orders not only to the railgun, but also to the F-35, in the development of which they took a direct part, got quite a lot of money for this and now they are sponsoring Hillary Clinton in the calculation to get even more money without any result for the US defense capability.

    Secondly, the last refutations of these rumors in the Business Insider fully confirm them and even put a scientific and technical base under them, and the well-visible on radars F-35’s combat capability is justified by the lack of resolve of Russia and China to dare to shoot them down.


    Thirdly, this revelation comes complete with a refutation of Sakharov’s plan, recently voiced by the former representative of the Ministry of Defense Viktor Baranets. He told the Americans about nuclear mines allegedly laid on the seabed around the United States, which will take on the function of a retaliatory strike, and Russian missiles will prove to be a weapon of preemptive strike, radically changing the geopolitical alignment within which the West defeated the USSR in the Cold War.


    And the idiocy of the first denial draws attention to the idiocy of the second, which was built on a comparison of earthquake energy with the energy of a thermonuclear explosion on the assumption that the Russian mines laid haphazardly, but not at the critical points of the seabed, where their explosion will cause an earthquake and a catastrophic collapse of huge volumes of rock at great depth, capable of causing not just tsunamis, but mega-tsunami, nature of which are well studied in Alaska, and on the island of La Palma.

    According to these studies, the collapse of this island to a depth of several kilometers as a result of the eruption of the volcano Cumbre Vieja by natural causes, without any nuclear mines, will wash away the whole of Western Europe, the United Kingdom and the East Coast of the United States by 300 kilometers in depth. And the explosion of something of 50 megaton near the coast of this island will provoke such an eruption with a guarantee, since the muzzle of this volcano separates from the world’s ocean by a relatively thin wall, all covered with cracks after the eruption in 1949, which resulted in a fracture in length of about 2 kilometers and part of the western half of Cumbre Vieja moved 1 meter to the side and 2 meters down towards the Atlantic Ocean.

    Actually one of these islands is enough to negate the plans to deprive Russia of the opportunity to strike back, but in fact there are more than enough islands. In particular, most of the red spots on this map represent certain variants of the island of La Palma and Russia is the only country in the world protected by geography from geophysical weapons.


  89. janet May 16, 2017 at 8:11 pm #

    Subsequent thereto, Richard M. Nixon, ummm, I mean Donald J. Trump, using the powers of his high office, engaged personally and through his subordinates and agents in a course of conduct or plan designed to delay, impede, and obstruct the investigation of such unlawful entry; to cover up, conceal and protect those responsible; and to conceal the existence and scope of other unlawful covert activities. …

    Wherefore Donald Trump, by such conduct, warrants impeachment and trial, and removal from office.

    Trump to Comey: you better hope I don’t have tapes.

    Comey to Trump: I made detailed memos meticulously documenting every phone call and meeting we had. Who is scared now, big man.

    Fat man goin’ down… because Russia collusion cover-up.

    • DA May 16, 2017 at 8:39 pm #

      janet’s a bot.

  90. jhon May 16, 2017 at 9:04 pm #

    maybe of interest.

    I’m not a bad man…but in certain situations, I have to ask myself, ‘What would a bad man do?’


    • DA May 16, 2017 at 9:12 pm #

      “Bad men” are pretty much replete/endemic in hierarchical structures these days, so I guess the only question remaining is, which bad man will it be? Choose carefully.

  91. DA May 16, 2017 at 9:08 pm #

    The WaPo gets to play the role of king breaker again. Imagine that!


    And just like the first time around, it’s all agency bullshit.

    • FincaInTheMountains May 16, 2017 at 9:27 pm #

      And just like the first time around, it’s all agency bullshit

      You sure it is not a God’s will?

      • DA May 16, 2017 at 9:38 pm #

        Yeah, pretty sure.

    • janet May 16, 2017 at 9:35 pm #

      Nope, they have recordings and transcripts of phone calls. Agency did not do the crime. Trump will do the time. Man goin’ down.

      WaPo is a king breaker. When they check 30 sources and find the same story being told, WaPo did not do the crime. Trump will do the time. Man goin’ to prison. Lock him up… just like Chelsea Manning.

      • DA May 16, 2017 at 9:39 pm #

        janet’s a bot.

  92. elysianfield May 16, 2017 at 10:51 pm #

    Well, ladies and germs;

    A snippet from the Woodpile Report (well worth a look) reports that a professor from a Texas University opined that…in order for Blacks to be free, to be liberated, some white people will have to die….but not to worry. I believe that he was speaking metaphorically, and certainly not planting ideas of violence in his young, impressionable charges…a metaphor, right? You know it was a contextual concept, in fact a call to reason, and, and not a call to violence…right? A metaphor…?

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  93. FincaInTheMountains May 17, 2017 at 5:00 am #

    They will lose their power, they will lose their money…


  94. FincaInTheMountains May 17, 2017 at 5:06 am #

    White House disputes explosive report that Trump asked Comey to end Flynn probe


    The readers of this blog must know what the “Flynn affair” is all about – saving American lives:


    A week ago, the head of the US White Project, Senator Dianne Feinstein, declared the question about possible Russian response to the expulsion of 107 Russian diplomats on December 30, 2016 the most important issue of both foreign and domestic policy of the United States.

    That is, if it were not for General Flynn, on January 2, 2017, 107 Russian diplomats plus families (probably 300 in all) would have been arrested at the Washington airport, just as on January 17, 2001, the Secretary of State of the Union State of Russia and Belarus Pavel Borodin was arrested for approximately the same reasons at the New York airport.

    Well, what could have been the response?

    Expulsion of American diplomats? Arrest them in Moscow airport Sheremetyevo-2? Storm of the US Embassy in case of their refusal to fly away?

    Or just a volley launch of ICBMs?

  95. wm5135 May 17, 2017 at 7:32 am #

    Holy Mother of Inconsistency, the entity janet trotting out Erik Erickson as voice of reason and veracity.
    Son of a bitch, give me a drink (Rateliff)

  96. FincaInTheMountains May 17, 2017 at 7:51 am #

    Susan Rice has blurted out like it is

    Susan Rice, a former adviser to President Obama, urging Americans to unite to confront America’s external enemies (by which she meant primarily Russia), inadvertently admitted that the US is on the brink of civil war.

    Specifically, she said that we can not allow the wars on Twitter to escalate into a shootouts, and when you consider that she continues to hold the position of National Security Adviser in this “deep state” shadow government, which is preparing to seize power from President Trump if he shows serious slack ala President Nixon, and on her desk every day, go to the surveys of above-mentioned twitter wars and assess their likelihood to develop into firefights, then this statement has attracted the attention of Americans more than others news that are also impressive.

    Suffice it to say that Steve Bannon’s website, the chief strategist for combating flying monkeys in the Trump administration, published this speech with little comment, since according to the speech of Susan Rice the only way to unity for the Republicans is to impeach the Republican president and on their knees to beg the Democrats for forgiveness for the fact that the Republicans won the election.


    And in this situation, the words about the shootings did not just appear in the headlines of the republican newspapers, but because they sounded for the supporters of Trump as a threat, in accordance with which it is necessary to prepare exactly for this option.


  97. FincaInTheMountains May 17, 2017 at 9:16 am #


    What surprises me is that they [Clintonoids] are shaking up the domestic political situation using anti-Russian slogans. Either they don’t understand the damage they’re doing to their own country, in which case they are simply stupid, or they understand everything, in which case they are dangerous and corrupt.


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  98. FincaInTheMountains May 17, 2017 at 6:39 pm #

    Putin quotes:

    But at the same time we see that political schizophrenia is developing in the United States – I can not explain by anything else accusations against the President in that he gave Lavrov some secrets.

    In the beginning, when we watched how this process of internal political struggle in US develops, we were laughing. Today, this is not just sad, it causes us deep concern, because what else people can think of that generate such nonsense, such idiotism – it’s hard to imagine. All this is done on the basis of inciting anti-Russian sentiments.

    You know what surprises me. They are shaking the domestic political situation in the United States under anti-Russian slogans. They either do not understand that they are harming their own country, and then they are just stupid, or they understand everything, and then they are dangerous and unscrupulous people.



  99. FincaInTheMountains May 17, 2017 at 7:05 pm #

    indirectly confirms a long time rumor that Russian air defense systems are perfectly capable of seeing “stealth” F-35 and America now just does not have a normal fighter other than the F-22, production of which has been terminated as EXTREMELY expensive

    Clintonoids are trying to start a new Cold War with Russia, which is about to turn into a hot one, and now it turns out that the shit is about to hit the fan, as they missed US inability to win in this war!

    He only beneficiary of such war could ONLY be Fourth Reich of Angela Merkel!

    Are Clintonoids just a Nazi Fifth Column in US?

    • FincaInTheMountains May 17, 2017 at 7:10 pm #

      Besides, the combination of Bernie Sanders Socialism with foreign policy of Hillary Clinton + Susan Rice + Condoleezza Rice is a perfect definition of National Socialism in its chemically pure form!

  100. FincaInTheMountains May 18, 2017 at 7:46 am #

    I still think that Bastinda has left us, after Ivanka Trump poured a bucket of water on her and now Ivanka, following the results of this wet job in the absence of the Donald, holds meetings at the White House.

    And she can, especially if you consider that she converted to Judaism in order to become a wife of the grandson of the Soviet anti-Nazi guerilla-fighter from the WWII-era guerilla detachment “October” of the Lenin Brigade.


    Nevertheless, yesterday could be considered a great victory for the Clintonoids, who from the very beginning of Trump’s presidency sought the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the relationship of Trump’s election campaign with Russia.

    Robert Mueller, a former FBI director who assumed office under President Bush the week before 911, was appointed special prosecutor, which the Democrats had long dreamed of, but judging from the first reaction of such a famous democrat as Nancy Pelosi, congratulations on this appointment should rather have Donald Trump.

    Indeed, this investigation has always been bundled with the investigation of the wiretapping of the presidential candidate and then President Trump, and the specialty of Robert Mueller hints at the second rather than the first.

    Meanwhile, President Trump felt it necessary to share his worries with graduates of the US Coast Guard Academy. And the next step in this direction is the announcement in the US of a military or emergency situation and an appeal to the Army and the American people to take power into their own hands and to lynch the conspirators, which the Army and the people in this case will happily do.


  101. FincaInTheMountains May 18, 2017 at 12:24 pm #

    Website is under severe attack, just like it was in June 2016. And just like June 2016, the US is under another coup attempt by Clintonoids.

  102. FincaInTheMountains May 18, 2017 at 5:25 pm #

    English 101 and the Deep State

    Director Comey was forced to say that he resumed the investigation of Hillary Clinton ServerGate 10 days before the election under pressure from the FBI employees who, following the trail of traffickers and lovers of child pornography, arrested the computer of Huma Abedin’s husband, the closest adviser to Hillary Clinton.

    They found on this computer video footage of the visits of Bill and Hillary Clinton and the head of her election campaign Podesta to the so-called “Orgy Island” and threatened to put these records on the Internet if Comey did not resume the investigation. Thus they wanted to prevent the disgrace of the US in the form of garbage taken out of the White House and I do not even want to guess about their future fate, because this garbage actually is the rituals of the above-mentioned “Deep State”.

    As far as I know, Stanley Kubrick spoke openly about this, who called his last film “Eyes Wide Shut” in order to remind us that the “Deep State” controls us in plain view, not particularly hiding, but we all at point-blank do not see this because we do not want to see.

    In particular, I personally clearly understand the connection between the appointment of the special prosecutor Robert Mueller and the order to Ukraine to urgently adopt a law that allows destroying Christianity in Ukraine, but how many are like me?

    Eyes Wide Shut (1999) – Satanic Ritual Scene:

    And this is a show in which American intellectuals invited by Charlie Rose prove to themselves that the rituals of the “Deep State” shown by Stanley Kubrick in the film “Eyes Wide Shut” is an allegory of the relationship between the New York doctor and his wife.


    And this is implementation of the “Dulles Plan” for the United States, which allowed brainwashing of American intellectuals who are genuinely indignant at Trump, who forbids terrorists to come to the US and mow down these intellectuals in the neighborhood of 47th Street, where 75 percent of all diamond sales in the world are conducted.


    What rituals, what Deep State? Stanley Kubrick wanted to show the subconscious of a modern man and his wife!

    By the way, the American Rednecks do not watch Charlie Rose and for them Stanley Kubrick’s film means what Stanley Kubrick meant. And even if they did watch Charlie Rose, it would not make same impression on them, since American intellectuals are specially prepared to believe such blatant lies at the first year of college at the lessons of English 101.

    That is why Hillary is supported by so many educated people and I have just talked with a victim of such education, by the way who works in the neighborhood of 47th Street, where a terrorist act was just recently declared NOT a terrorist act.

    It would seem that a very educated Columbia graduate, a fine man, has just read my notes about how Hillary Clinton demanded from Japan to occupy the Kurile Islands, and before that she ordered to arrest Pavel Borodin, who flew to the inauguration of George W. Bush. He very sensibly discussed it with the history of the Second World War, but when I told him about how the Civil Defense drills were conducted in Moscow in the event of an atomic war a year ago, he clapped his blue naïve eyes at me and asked a sacramental question:

    “Does Putin really hate Hillary Clinton so much that he is ready to start a nuclear war out of hatred for her?”

    This program that was put into his brains in the lessons of English 101, which allows Charlie Rose to put in his head the most stupid theses such as Putin’s personal hatred of Hillary Clinton, to lay aside the apparatus of critical analysis, which is one of the foundations of human thought, and nothing you could do to persuade him otherwise!!!

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  103. FincaInTheMountains May 18, 2017 at 7:39 pm #

    Dulles Plan: origins

    An earlier version of the plan can also be found in a 1965 novel by Soviet writer Yuri Dol’d-Mikhaylik, where another villain, one “General Dumbright”, proposes a similar course of action:

    We shall arm comedians with jokes that laugh out their present and future. (…) Poison the soul of the youth with disbelief in their purpose in life, awaken their interest in sexual problems, bait them with such lures of the free world as fancy dances, pretty clothing, special records, verses, songs… (…) Sow discord between the youth and the older generation…

    Novel The Possessed by Fyodor Dostoyevsky:

    …we’ll make use of drunkenness, slander, spying; we’ll make use of incredible corruption; we’ll stifle every genius in its infancy. (…) But one or two generations of vice are essential now; monstrous, abject vice by which a man is transformed into a loathsome, cruel, egoistic reptile. That’s what we need!

  104. FincaInTheMountains May 19, 2017 at 7:09 am #

    Washington Post: Don’t underestimate Trump

    Paul de Vos. Wolf Hunt.


  105. FincaInTheMountains May 23, 2017 at 12:46 pm #

    The Sect – Dot Com branch of it – fucked up the Kunstler site in a very inventive way – the techies can’t figure it out in a week.

    Without going into all that esoteric mumbo-jumbo, I’ll just give you a heads up what’s happening from the 30,000 feet:

    The Nazi Germany represented by the 4th Reich of Angela Merkel through its agents in the US is trying to overthrow the Constitutionally elected President and provoke a nuclear war between the two powers that defeated it in the World War II.

  106. FincaInTheMountains May 23, 2017 at 12:56 pm #

    All is well my beautiful marquise

    In continuation of the previous post:

    Germany Is Quietly Building a European Army Under Its Command

    NATO hit by Turkish veto on Austria partnership

    Britain will go to war over Gibraltar’s sovereignty, say senior Conservatives

    Guess who the UK is going to fight for Gibraltar

    “That was some weird shit” – George W. Bush said regarding the inauguration of D. Trump.

    I remember the inauguration of George W. Bush after a 3-month count of votes in 2000, when the newly-sworn 43rd US President in a long black coat stood on a platform in front of a roaring cursing crowd and, pretending to be dancing, hammered quite unambiguously his pelvis in front of everybody. And I recall the memoirs of one of the participants in these events about how Bush’s election headquarters was barricading in Miami and was preparing to shoot off Clinton people like Salvador Allende. And yet he believes that Trump’s inauguration was very strange.

  107. FincaInTheMountains May 23, 2017 at 7:55 pm #

    If you choose the path of terror, your life will be empty, your life will be brief, and YOUR SOUL WILL BE CONDEMNED

    These are the words of President Trump, addressed to the leaders of Islamic countries, gathered in Riyadh.

    After listening to this speech, it became clear to me personally that hundreds of billions of dollars (rumored to be worth one and a half trillion dollars) of arms and other contracts signed by American businessmen in Riyadh is in fact an indemnity for Hillary Clinton’s support in the elections.

    And he used or rather threw them in the face such an expression: “Islamic extremism, Islamism and Islamic terror”!!!

    CNN immediately declared this speech a mistake and explained the use of these expressions by Trump’s fatigue.

    It is clear that a lot of pressure was put on Trump so that he does not use such expressions in Riyadh. And use of word “Islamism” in such an environment in Saudi Arabia, where Islamism is the state religion, is something to behold!

    Now, if the CNNs and other shit will keep attacking him the creation of the militia in full accordance with the Second Amendment to the Constitution is guaranteed.

    And his speech can not be interpreted otherwise, as the demand for surrender, presented by the winner.


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  108. Ryntonic February 17, 2021 at 8:52 am #

    It’s very cool, you have real talent

  109. Sonicol February 19, 2021 at 6:18 am #

    These are really interesting and cool books that I would be happy to read because I really like literature. I could also recommend that you read the novel “1984”, which is one of the most influential political novels of our century. At https://studydriver.com/1984-compared-to-today/ you can read about this novel and you may be interested. But from my own experience, I recommend it.


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