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Apparently I have become a character from Twin Peaks

You’re Special Agent Dale Cooper. You’re often too brilliant for people to really follow, but your infectious enthusiasm makes up for the fact that you’re frequently incomprehensible. You are smart, intuitive, clear-headed, compassionate, and cute as hell — about your only flaw is your insane coffee consumption. Which Twin Peaks character are you? brought to […]

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American poetry is dead – long live American poetry!

Recently I was party to several discussions about poetry books sales. Ever a hot topic among the 2,017 people who actually read poetry in the U.S. Bill Moyers was about the last media figure to pay serious attention to the art. In his rapturous television series, The Language of Life, Moyers made it seem like […]

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Christmas – A time to memoir or just watch “A Christmas Story” on TV

Here’s a Christmas excerpt from one of my favorite memoirists, Dylan Thomas. A Child’s Christmas in Wales is on my top-ten-to-take-to-a-desert-isle reading list, along with Gerald Durrell’s My Family and Other Animals, and Annie Dillard’s An American Childhood. Here’s a smidge from Dylan Thomas to cheer your wassail, or whatever: All the Christmases roll down […]

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Small Press Publishers – Memoir

A list you might like if you are writing or have written a memoir. These small press publishers are interested in publishing memoirs: Cavan Kerry Press Unbridled Books The Permanent Press Soft Skull Press The Lighthouse Press University of Nevada Books California presses: Macadam Cage Books North Atlantic Books Heyday Books Visit https://racheldacus.net for more […]

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Story Hour

In the 1950s, most family homes had their evening story hour. In our house, it usually took the form of the patio cocktail hour, where I heard more outlandish tales than most children heard from Dr. Seuss. This will give you an idea. It’s an excerpt from my book Rocket Lessons (forthcoming from an as-yet-to-be-named […]

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This Just In

The legacy of rockets in southern California continues in many ways, not the least of which is the pollution of the Western landscape. For the effects of rocket fuel stored and used in 1950s rockets on today’s families who drink water from the Colorado River (pretty much all of us in California, read this CNN […]