Portland, I’m bored…

Portland, I’m bored with your terminal hipsterism, with your ageist youth culture striving for mediocrity, with your middle class intellectualism, which is about as deep as the rain puddle outside my door, with your racist cops and your timid activists who think carrying signs along the sidewalk while politely stopping for traffic is going to… Continue reading Portland, I’m bored…

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Indigenousness

Writing Native America

As preparation for a presentation at the Eastern Oregon Word Roundup at Pendleton in late October, I am writing a series of essays about “Writing Native America” dealing with indigenousness, identity, and literary authenticity, the latter from the perspective of a publisher.

As those who have followed my earlier essays may know, my personal approach is strongly informed my the idea of “Creolism” as put forward by the Martinique philosopher, Edouard Glissant, as well as my own metis identity. I am hoping these articles will become a source of information for authors, especially those who might consider submitting works to our press. This first article consists of a slightly revised version on an essay I wrote several years ago, entitled “On Becoming Indigenous.”

The essay follows:

Critical Look: the Reaction to the DOJ Antitrust Suit

Just a few months ago, it seems, progressive small publishers were gnashing their teeth at the Big Six monopoly and the near-impossibility of lesser-known authors getting space on shelves increasingly taken over by big blockbusters. Does anyone else remember those days? It seems not. Today the grousing is about something entirely different–there is nearly unanimous… Continue reading Critical Look: the Reaction to the DOJ Antitrust Suit