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!

Zeitgeist – The Blog

Capturing the Mood of a Moody People

Capturing the Mood of a Moody People

Or: After 10 years, "Untitled" has a name   I don't remember how long it was after 9/11 that I first I
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Godspeed, Captain Apollo

Godspeed, Captain Apollo

The first time I spoke to Richard Hatch, he was moderating a press junket at the Hilton Americas hotel in
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Our People’s Princess

Our People’s Princess

I was seven years old the first time I saw a movie without adult supervision. Lee Inabnet dropped her son, Byron, and
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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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Previously on Zeitgeist…

What We Get Wrong (May 27, 2014) - Today, I made the mistake of tuning into the Rush Limbaugh program and just so happened to catch El Rushbo opining what he sees as the sudden fixation of the American Left on the literature of dystopia--specifically, The Hunger Games series and how, in his estimation, this series of books and films which he has neither read ... // Continue Reading //
Transitioning (February 17, 2014) - Or: That moment when you quit fighting and join the party For years, my friend Matt Courtman insisted that my best works weren't my fiction. Instead, Matt always said I was a born essayist. I do well, according to Matt, with the brief, sometimes poignant, sometimes funny snippets of real life, with subjects grounded in ... // Continue Reading //
The 2013 Top 10 – A look back on an extraordinary year (December 27, 2013) - By almost any measure, 2013 has been a remarkable year for me.  Looking back, it's hard not to pick the image at right as the highlight. But any other event would also be worthy of its own blog post (something I've not been doing regularly, anyway, but we'll get to why) and definitely its own ... // Continue Reading //
“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 //




 



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