Monthly Archives: June 2014

A Long Trip with Lucius, Part 4

“You must not think of me as a reliable witness, as someone immune to bias and distortion.” Lucius read this to me a few months after our trip, while he was working on “Crocodile Rock.” “What makes this great,” he … Continue reading

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The Littleton Follies

Lucius read me his 1999 Columbine essay while he was working on it. We argued a bit. I said that maybe the subculture the Littleton shooters immersed themselves in had something to do with it — “all this Goth crap, … Continue reading

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A Long Trip with Lucius, Part 3

Today as I write this is Father’s Day. Lucius was never paternal toward me. That worked out for both of us. I had a father the first nine years I knew Lucius, an attentive, compassionate one, a psychiatric social worker, … Continue reading

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A Long Trip with Lucius, Part 2

Lucius and I had a complex relationship. Mainly we were just friends, sharing a similar political outlook and an interest in literature and movies.  However, we also did business together. I commissioned and edited a short novel of his, Colonel … Continue reading

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Existentialism and Essentialism Versus Literalism

I decided to take a break from talking about Lucius to address a widespread and dismaying confusion I’ve seen reflected on Facebook since I first joined the site years ago. Existentialism and essentialism aren’t political positions. I’ve seen a couple … Continue reading

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A Long Trip with Lucius, Part 1

June 12, 2014 — My friend, mentor, and tormentor Lucius Shepard’s been gone three months now, gone and not coming back, unless he keeps his promise to make a supernatural visit, revealed in a lightning flash outside the bedroom window, … Continue reading

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Arguing Evolution on Facebook

Here’s a redacted transcript of a discussion on evolution that I conducted on Facebook. It ranged into the familiar territory of religion and politics. I think some very interesting points were made. Many thanks to my friend Ken McGlothlen for … Continue reading

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