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Essay, The Way I Was

Trashing My Brand: in rejection of the insane trend toward the monetization of everything

I can't remember why branding myself with a reader-friendly, easily pronounceable name seemed important. This past year, while living and learning among an intentional community of like-minded, kind-hearted people I discovered that there is one thing I must bring to the community, and thereby to the world, that fulfills my life's (and my writing's) purpose--Authenticity.… Continue reading Trashing My Brand: in rejection of the insane trend toward the monetization of everything

Essay

Let’s Get Political; Let Me Hear Your Wisdom Talk!

Yes, this headline is a parody of the vacuous 1981 Olivia Newton John hit song, Let's Get Physical. And yes, this might be a questionable way to headline the most serious-as-a-heart-attack post I've ever attempted to write. So maybe a better title to this, my gut-reaction to the recent, sickening news coming out of Charlottesville, Virginia… Continue reading Let’s Get Political; Let Me Hear Your Wisdom Talk!

freedom of expression
Essay

On Peace, Justice and the Unjustified Opinion; Love Thy Hater

As I write these words, CNN is airing video footage of the Deadly Clashes at Racist Rally, while all over social media people are publishing their opinions. Some of those opinions are justified, while many, from both left and right, are unjustified and morally reprehensible. It breaks my heart that in Charlottesville, Virginia, the expression of opinion… Continue reading On Peace, Justice and the Unjustified Opinion; Love Thy Hater

Fiction, Poetry, Reviews

Susan Thurston’s “Sister of Grendel”: a cultural critique of the epic hero

“And I have at last accounted for this last part of my story.” Beowulf’s voice surrounds me, and his image again appears whole before me. Beowulf the warrior reaches out his hand as if to touch me. I extend mine toward him. “Which causes more pain, I wonder. The words unsaid or the words not… Continue reading Susan Thurston’s “Sister of Grendel”: a cultural critique of the epic hero

Tracy Lee Karner
Memoir

On Blurring Genres and Other Divides

"Memoirs are just one form of word delivery. It’s all inquiry, expression, a search to connect. To honestly recognize our mortal selves in others." Marc Nieson (Schoolhouse) A few weeks ago I thought Steven Petite was spot-on in explaining that the distinction between genre and literary fiction is based on the kind of experience the reader… Continue reading On Blurring Genres and Other Divides

Tracy Lee Karner
Essay, Fiction

Who does and does not read literary fiction?

In essence, the best Genre Fiction contains great writing, with the goal of telling a captivating story to escape from reality. Literary Fiction is comprised of the heart and soul of a writer’s being, and is experienced as an emotional journey through the symphony of words, leading to a stronger grasp of the universe and… Continue reading Who does and does not read literary fiction?

Memoir, Reviews

Tracy Seeley on choosing to love where we live

“Recovering my fluency in Kansas things, I talked recipes, quilts, and weather with some people, books and poetry with others. I met populists and democrats, poets and farmers, Lutherans and agnostics, and a lot of people who not only loved where they lived but had chosen it.” Tracy Seeley How to be at home “How… Continue reading Tracy Seeley on choosing to love where we live