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"Space and scarcity give us dignity. And liberty. And thereby beauty." - Ed Abbey
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I drafted this a few weeks back when I was bored and never posted it. So here.
This one's for no good reason for this other than that I love Billy Joe Shaver, and I think he's the greatest songwriter who ever lived. With apologies to Steve Earle, I'll stand on Townes Van Zand...
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Y'all are listening to this on your own, I assume, but I'm completely sold. One of the best things about fatherhood ever created. It covers the whole gamut: Sappy, hard-nosed, worn out, awestruck. And how, though you hate yourself for doing so, you try to teach your kids to fit in enough to survive. And not to piss away their lives on it, how much it's worth holding onto who they are.
For Simpson's first album since his 2014 breakthrough, the inventive country singer crafts a highly personal song cycle about order and insubordination.
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On being young.
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For the record, the ebook of Cry Father is $2.99 right now . . .
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I'm pan handlin', man handlin', post holin', high rollin', dust bowlin' daddy. (And you should preorder Pike for $1.99, get it on your device for tomorrow. http://benjaminwhitmer.com/index.php/work/pike/)
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Wearing that Kim Jong-il hat
While your grandma's selling pills stat
Meanwhile, I'm wearing my "can't pay my fucking bills" hat
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I was asked why I write thrillers. Here's the answer in French. (And here in English: http://www.rue-des-livres.com/pages/pWnF.html)
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Pourquoi se sont-ils lancés dans l'écriture de polars ? Quelles sont leurs motivations ? Pourquoi cet attrait du noir, du crime et souvent du sordide ? Les auteurs s'expliquent.
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Albert King wants to play the blues for you. So you know, for $1.99, Pike will play 'em for you too (http://www.amazon.com/Pike-Benjamin-Whitmer-ebook/dp/B010MH1ALI/). And for $2.99, Patterson'll make it so you never smile again (http://www.amazon.com/Cry-Father-Benjamin-Whitmer-ebook/dp/B00GEEB7P8/).
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The French edition of Pike carries a blurb from French director Olivier Marchal which reads: "C’est Shakespeare qui aurait baisé avec Ellroy!" Which I understand translates into something along the lines of: "It's like Shakespeare had fucked Ellroy!"

That alone's worth $1.99, right? http://www.amazon.com/Pike-Benjamin-Whitmer-ebook/dp/B010MH1ALI/

Cry Father has good blurbs too, by the way, and is only $2.99. http://www.amazon.com/Cry-Father-Benjamin-Whitmer-ebook/dp/B00GEEB7P8/
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I want y'all to know that read all your political posts and agree with all of them and, hey, if you order the new edition of Pike I'll cast my ballot for whatever candidate you tell me to. I don't care how many times I have to vote.
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So, even though I'm almost done, I just scrapped my new novel. Too much violence. And there were guns. Lots and lots of guns. I've had enough of that in literature. I feel like we owe our readers a little more. Violence begets violence, and maybe the answer to violence in our country can be as simple as all of us changing our hearts. We are the change in the world we choose to be.

The novel I'm starting is very different from anything I've ever done. It's about a family that is torn apart by something and then healed by, I dunno, something else. All the characters have revelations and arcs, and really, it's about forgiveness. Or something. And I'm moving to Brooklyn.

Oh fuck it, I don't even know why I bother.
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