Non-Fiction Posts Indexed by Subject

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Creative Writing Culture, Academia, Publishing, and the Writing Life
A Tale of Two Cities (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Creative Writing)
Acts of Defiance
Art is Your Right
By an Inner Sky I Chart My Way
Etiquette When Working with Creative People
Heartbreak Hotel in Three Slow Verses
How to be Good
How to Live as a Creative Writer
In Praise of the Weird & Unprofitable
Invoking the Muse
It Never Ends
On Envying Other Writers
On Productivity and Publishing
On the Creation of Time
Preponderance of the Small
Problems and Solutions
Problems and Solutions, Part 2: This is Why You Fail
Surviving Graduate School in the Humanities: Should You Go and What if You Do?
The Ancient Art of Writing for Money
The Discipline: In Your Head, Off the Street, and Away From the Club
The Fundamental Strangeness of Life
The Genius of Imitation
The MFA Distortion Field (yes, Dottie, and not just in Iowa)
The Stars Our Destination
The Voice in the Fire
The Writing Life Ain’t Easy, Kid
Though Bennu Birds Might Rise and Fall
True Confession
You Do What You Are

Life and Death
3 Thoughts for the Day…
A Meditation on the Inevitability of Death
All Hail the Tooth Fairy: Reasonability and Beliefs in Times of Rapid Change
Darkness Visible
Holding a Cup and Overfilling It
Life vs. Death (or How I Keep Going)
Nobody Knows It But Me
Of Atonement and Troth
On Passing Judgment
Ride or Be Dragged
The Portrait, the Authentic Self, and Freedom
The Professional and the Superior Man
The Replacements

Personal Experiences, Creative Non-Fiction Pieces, and Site Announcements
Cognitive Bric-a-Brac
Everything’s Far Away
Form and Void
Happiness is a Warm Gun
Horror at 2½ Feet
Hotel Paradise
Hurricane Dreams
Japanese By Spring
Looking Forward
Moving Forward, Cutting Loose
On Being Off: A Disquisition on the Failure of Everything
Paying it Backwards
Pornographic Nocturne
Reyn til Runa: Seek the Mysteries
State of the Union
The Art of Extraction
The Hounds of the Grass
Up All Night
Weirdo: Visions of Future Past
What am I working on?
When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Turn Pro…

Reviews, Commentary, Politics, and Culture
As the Leopard, So the Coliseum (on Splice Today)
Backwoods Hobbit Love (and You)
Blame the Drugs
Burning Down the House (on Splice Today)
Carl Sagan and the Dalai Lama Talk About the Universe
Fatal Vision: The Precipitous Exile of James Comey (on Splice Today)
Furtive Doctrinaire Urges while Listening to the Metal of my Youth
I Just Had to Let It Go
Late-Night Thoughts on the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis…
Money is Thicker Than Blood (on Splice Today)
My Friend Has Gone Nazi (on Splice Today)
Planespotting and the Persistence of Facts (on Splice Today)
Realpolitik and Kittens
Review: a few belated thoughts on Game of Thrones, Season 5 (with many spoilers)
RIP Elmore Leonard
Sater, Cohen, and the Collapsing House of Cards (on Splice Today)
Speak of the Devil (on Splice Today)
Seeing the Cranes: Double Dickage, the Dragon Tower, and Felicia Day
The Crying of Lot 45 (on Splice Today)
The Debate Did Not Take Place (on Splice Today)
The End of the Hustle (on Splice Today)
The Precession of Symbols: Nocturnal Dance Steps, Speculation, and a Fish in the Moon
The State of Emergency (on Splice Today)
The Witch!
Thoughts on Sally Yates
Tiredness, Truth, and Mockery: the American Way
US anti-intellectualism through a glass darkly: the end of our national self-inquiry
Way Up High in the Manhattan Sky
When the World’s Turned Upside Down (on Splice Today)

A Clean Well-Lighted Place Not Requiring Fumigation
Bangkok Power and Light
Bangkok Prolegomenon: the First Six Months
England: First Thoughts
From Estonia with Love
Game of Thrones: East African Bathroom Edition, Season 1
Goodbye America
How to Celebrate Burundian Independence Day for Beginners
In Whitehall Garden
Last Day in Kigali…
Letter from Washington, Part 1
Letter from Washington, Part 2
Rolling the Hard Six
The Blue Hills of Kigali
The Bullets

Writing Craft
Kill the Beta Reader
Nine Thoughts on Making Art
On writing when you feel uninspired and dead inside . . . 
The Rules of Attraction: a Lesson in the Use of Idiosyncratic Voice
The White Space and Transitions in Short Stories
What HP Lovecraft Can Teach Us About Programming the Reader