Liars & Storytellers (3) (Background)

Liars & Storytellers (3) (Background)

“Life’s becoming better, sweeter,” the poster announces.  Deception begins with truth, however thin,  The Great Famine, 1931-32, witnessed 6-8 million Soviet deaths by starvation. Indeed, in 1934, when this poster appeared, life had gotten better....
Liars and Storytellers: The Project

Liars and Storytellers: The Project

Liars and Storytellers is a non-fiction book project, which examines…here we go… liars and storytellers. I know a great deal about them. Our generation as did our brothers’, uncles’ and fathers’ generations fought those who in the name of socialism...

Nobel Lies: Deception and working truth (5)

Noble lie, big lie and the ’cause’ P.T. Barnum, were he our contemporary, might now say, There’s a true believer born every minute. Nice people these true believers, our cousins, brothers, friends (plus that one gazing back at you from the mirror),...

Winter to Spring, Northern Wisconsin

March 14, 2015 Over the last several days the temperature has risen from -30F to +60F yesterday (well, +56F).  Nice. The snow this winter, three feet deep in parts of the tamarack plantation protected from wind, has melted to slush and water.  I had cut trails...

Winter night

The Four Seasons Winter The second-floor  window looks west over a moon-lit landscape, black forest the border to snow-swept fields intensifying the moon’s reflected light.  Just above the SW horizon Mercury and Venus lie close.  The nights have been clear and...

Moscow: Deception and working truth [3]

Deception in Moscow, 1961 The ‘middle morass’ of The Executioner’s Son, that miserable time when, between the sparkling first scenes and a dramatic conclusion, you sit in that writing swamp struggling to “The End.” A 1900 Russian short...