A life in words…

Whether you’re looking for the novelist, the essayist, the journalist, or just the good ol’ fashioned pain in the ass Michael DeVault, congratulations. You found me! I hope you’ll spend some time here, getting to know me and to know my work. (The blog is below, books and other links are above.)

I try to blog regularly, but I’m not always successful at it. Still, you’ll see me sound off on arts, science, religion, politics–pretty much all those things your mother said you shouldn’t talk about in polite company. Stick around and check back often. It’s a hectic life!


The Blog

Butterfly Leaves

Butterfly Leaves

Or: On the joys of having four distinct seasons   Growing up in Louisiana, I never experienced the slow march of the
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Red State Blue State, the State, Our State

Red State Blue State, the State, Our State

Over the past couple of weeks, I've been accused of being a Clintonista leftist and a Trump-loving hatemonger, of being
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Brutalist Birthing Center

Brutalist Birthing Center

Or: How I learned to stop looking to live with reusable project pieces For a time, my daughter issued an edict: I could
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Mojo Binders

Mojo Binders

Or: Fetish and the Art of Writing I remember reading, where I don't know, that Hemingway used pencils to write in his
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The Apple Tree and the Gazebo

The Apple Tree and the Gazebo

An Allegory So this farmer has a section of low-lying land that is perpetually flooded with water, land that came as part
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Pressure Cooker

Pressure Cooker

Or: How to Make the Perfect Pot of Beans for a Cold Tennessee Day It wasn't so long ago that I
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Veblen was Right

Veblen was Right

Or: Gravitational Waves and the Complex Economics of Higher Learning in America   (Author's Note: I began this post last night, but events
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A Year in Review

A Year in Review

Every year since 2005, one of the hallmarks of January was a "Year in Review" story for whichever newspaper or
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Previously on Untitled: A blog…

tv-defiance04 “Defiance” doesn’t defy expectations (April 16, 2013) - As a huge supporter of the Colonial Cause, I was hopeful that htis attempt at post-apocalyptic sci-fi opera would fill the hole that BSG left when it wrapped a couple of years ago. So far, the hole is still there. I'm not writing off "Defiance" yet and to be clear there are some strong selling ... // Continue Reading //
flower-phalaenopsis-phal-orchid-1080x1920 A family illness (March 3, 2013) - While I'm a fan of many sports, and my following of these sports is quite tidal, there are three bloodsports in my life that return time and again. I will follow these sports rigorously for a time, take a break if the talent wanes, and return again at some point to again root for my ... // Continue Reading //
Lucas-Higgs-CE0047H-nice2 Calling B.S. one pop-sci article at the time (February 20, 2013) - (Author's Note: After posting this to Facebook, Twitter and the world, I was informed by two physicists that this is, while a fair application of logic, absolutely wrong. Indeed, we would experience the end as instantaneous. The fun thing about being me is I can be wrong, as I am right now. -md) I normally ... // Continue Reading //
mindy-mccready And the home of the brave. (February 18, 2013) - Country singer Mindy McCready is dead at 37 after she was released just weeks ago from an involuntary substance abuse rehab facility to attend an outpatient rehab program. All of McCready's brushes with the law over the years stemmed from severe substance abuse problems. Which raises the question: If the government had focused on *treatment* ... // Continue Reading //




 



Thanks for visiting my little corner of the web, and check back often. I’m always going off on a rant about this or that, posting random essays and stories, and even a chapter or two of whatever my current book project happens to be. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me via Facebook or Twitter.