Capitalism Down the Interstate

I was in grad school when a professor asked, "What metaphor would you use to describe how power structures stay intact?"  We were studying Faucoult and had come to his explanation of how individuals give up their power to others, with his example of a moving ship and how everyone does their part to keep the ship [...]

Voice Echoes in Mimetic Hearing

How to hear?  Not to listen, like saying "You need to pay attention," but instead how we create consistency in our voice as artists.  How do we hear voice?  How do we recognize  what is uniquely our own?  Is one obstacle.  Then the next.  How do we reproduce it again and again? It might seem [...]

From Hipster Beards to Tiki Torches

Sometimes I wonder about the critical thinking skills of our era.  We are taught in school rote behavior.  Regurgitate, bell rings, regurgitate, bell rings, regurgitate, bell rings.  In that form of habitualization, we stop thinking for ourselves.  You become even more aware of this tactic after you read "Social Class and School Knowledge" by Jean Anyon.   Having [...]

When We Hope to Be Pure

I've been revising chapter five in my novel for about two months now.  On the second draft and I was moving along quite nicely until I hit chapter five.  There was something about the chapter that wasn't gelling.  The previous four ran smooth and there was a dynamic quality that forced the chapters to more or [...]

Non-Competitive Modus Operandi

You were plugging away on the keyboard, doing your thing, writing your stories, singing the songs you want to sing, and then out of nowhere you get attacked by some overly competitive asshole.   If you're not competitive, then why would someone go out of their way to compete against you? I run into this often.  [...]

The Art of Running Into Flames

When I think about creativity, or the impulses to create, and how there is a certain bravery or cowardice involved, I think of forest fires.  You see, my cousins were fire fighters for the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma.  I love it when they regale me with stories of their adventures and sometimes these are about disaster relief, like following [...]

Catch an In’din by His Toe: How Scapegoating Practices Disrupt Native Discourse

There's a lot of insecurities in our very small Native world.  Native identity is a funky thing.  And people are people and people love power (even the ones who say they don't).  We hold things over each other.  Sometimes these are purposeful attacks and sometimes we're just reaching into the dark for anything we can weaponize.   Unfortunately, identity [...]