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Pinche Ghost Lives

October 27, 2017

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“Mira!” Erika wagged a slim forefinger toward vendors, gawkers, and ice cream-smeared toddlers moving through the city of Oaxaca’s central plaza as she turned to face me. “You think you’re seeing people but they’re not people, they’re ghosts!” Erika had taught high school for nearly thirty years and was a member of the state teachers’ union. She had […]

Miss Sally – 4 1/2 stars

October 8, 2017

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Miss Sally by Robert Joe Stout     This is a bleak view of Texas in the 1930s offered by a young girl lost in a dust bowl of sin, confusion, and lust. Bleak may be a polite term as I am sure some readers would find Robert Joe Stout’s 1973 novel “Miss Sally” a […]

The End of ebooks?

September 9, 2017

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In its newsletter the publisher of one of my books cited the continuing popularity plunge in ebook sales and the increase (significant but not phenomenal) in paperback popularity. The newsletter also reported a decline in fiction sales and rise in nonfiction purchases. The publisher’s conclusion, similar to those of the Publishers Association, was that readers […]

Two months, twenty-three days

August 1, 2017

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During some research that I was doing about Mexican president Benito Juárez’s first years in office I came cross a notation concerning the “incredibly slow” transmission of a document sent from New York to Oaxaca, the capital of the state by the same name in the southern part of the country. The document was received […]

Miss Sally: A Review

July 23, 2017

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Miss Sally: and the Sinners That God Ignores Posted by Literary Titan Miss Sally by Robert Joe Stout is a portrait of a young girl growing up in Texas in the 1930’s. Through trial and error 13-year-old Sally Halm finds out about sex, relationships, and what it means to engage in this behavior without love. She […]

Life’s Little Adventures

November 9, 2016

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FROM GNARLED OAK With the County by Robert Joe Stout on Nov 7, 2016 Somewhat to my surprise I discovered those who worked for the county in which I used to live were not government employees but members of a private club. One joined this club by filling out an application, taking a test and […]

Macho Men

October 16, 2016

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Macho Men  by Robert Joe Stout From The Vehicle, Spring 2016   Oaxaca, Mexico, 2006 With the military/police takeover the historical district has become somnambulant. Despite sunshine everything seems gray, buildings and people slightly distorted, as though being photographed by out of focus cameras. The authorities have blocked auto and pedestrian access to the Zócalo […]