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The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven in Review

Halfway through “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven,” Sherman Alexie includes The Trial of Thomas Builds-the-Fire. It is perhaps a hazardous prospect for a writer to have a character with “a storytelling fetish accompanied by an extreme need to tell the truth” put on trial at the center of his short story collection. 479 more words


An Action Film By Any Other Genre

I recently went to see Wind River, a film by Taylor Sheridan, and if any movie could use trigger warnings, it would be this one. 741 more words


How Can I Be A Writer If I Don't Have Jack Shit To Say?

How can I be a writer if I don’t have jack shit to say?

This has been the conundrum that caused a dire pause to this here blog, that has plagued me when I actually have the time or the energy to sit down and pull out some inkling of feedback on the human experience to shove out into the internet. 450 more words


Sherman Alexie, "What You Pawn I Will Redeem"

(“red-ink-alexie-matsunaga-2016-3764.” Image by ASU Department of English on Flickr, used under a CC-by-2.0 license.)

You can watch a dramatization below of Sherman Alexie’s short story, “What You Pawn I Will Redeem.”


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie


This book was wonderfully hilarious yet at the same time sad but hopeful. It’s a story of resilience: of facing a gray world with spots of color, laughing amidst sadness, being hopeful in a situation of bleakness. 257 more words

Book Reviews

August 2017 Books Read

Goodbye August, it was such a sweet parting. I’ve read, travelled and tried new things for this month and I’m happy to do it all. It was a productive and well spent month for me. 398 more words