Movies, Books, & the Great Conversation

  Movies Those of you who have known me for several decades remember that I was obsessed with movies and filmmaking for the first half of my life. During that time I completed a few short films, most significantly a collection of four linked shorts titled Western...

Conspiracy Theories, Then and Now

History Conspiracy theories are not new. In the 1920s the KKK spread the doctrine that Catholics and the Pope were trying to take over the US government. This is one of the threads that weaves through my trilogy Medicine for the Blues. As proof that such conspiracy...

Violence: KKK & QAnon

A recent article in The Nation magazine states that QAnon is “closer in spirit to terrorist organizations like the KKK, which had ties to political elites but also instigated extrajudicial violence.”...

Racism and English Colonialism

  Racism, nationalism, and religious differences all contributed to prejudices of thought in Elizabethan England—very much like in the present-day USA. In the Beginning Queen Elizabeth’s grant of Letters of Patent to: “…our trusty and well-beloved servant Walter...