Category Archives: Age of Reconfiguration

Dodie Smiths’ Incipit

Carmel-by-the-Sea is a small town on the Pacific Coast about 300 miles north of L.A. It was initially inhabited by the Esselens, a 4,000 year old culture that lived in caves and covered their walls with hand prints. Caves, said … Continue reading

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Dorothy B. Hughes’ Noir

From my bedroom window I could see her standing in the moonlight.  Alone, once again. It had become somewhat of a ritual and I wondered why. Dorothy B. Hughes and I were friends since our days at the University of … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned

One month after Marie Antoinette’s head was chopped off, the Louvre Royal Palace became a museum. Artists then started going there not only to see works by the Old Masters but to copy them as well. Because imitation is a … Continue reading

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Ecofeminism

That morning the sky was bigger than usual and made me feel like exploring Tucson, the flattest town I’d ever seen. It certainly wasn’t the Tucson that Jack Kerouac wrote about. Huge asphalt parking lots and cheaply constructed buildings all … Continue reading

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In Praise of Hands

Luckily the tea was strong and helped keep me focused. I was at the table picking the raisins out from my scone not because I didn’t like raisins but simply to have an excuse to keep my head down so … Continue reading

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