“You thought God was an architect, now you know”: That Jason Isbell Can Write

I have been obsessing over listening to the new Jason Isbell album, Something More Than Free, for the last week. It’s an amazing album.  I think it’s even better than his first solo album, Southeastern, which I loved.  It’s different, soundwise, for sure–not as stripped down, and it has some elements that evoke some of the better, less […]

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The New Basement Pages

I was reorganizing some things in our basement a couple of days ago and got to thinking about the pages and pages of writing I have locked away in a few storage bins.  I have journals and notebooks that go back as far as high school that I’ve held onto–for sentimental reasons or out of […]

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Writing, Rushdie, and My 12 Year-old Self: Thoughts on the Charlie Hebdo Shootings

My friend, colleague, and fellow Kentuckian Erin Wathen asked me to contribute a guest post to her blog while she was out of the country.  You can find it here.  The Progressive Christianity Portal at Patheos not only includes Erin’s blog, but tons of other stuff from some great, sharp voices.  Thanks for the opportunity, […]

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F-bomb

This is really a post about the writing process. Dialogue, in particular. I think one of the things that has always frustrated me in my attempts to write fiction is how to make sure that dialogue sounds real and still manages to drive the plot forward. There are times when I write dialogue (two posts […]

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Sidesteps

I think one of the greatest lines I’ve ever heard in a song comes from Guy Clark’s “Dublin Blues.” It’s the last line before the final chorus, and is sometimes repeated, depending on the version of the song: I have seen the David I’ve seen the Mona Lisa too I have heard Doc Watson Play […]

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