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
Previously on Zeitgeist…
When the heat is a sulter? (June 25, 2014) - Or: On Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner and the English Language There's an old joke that goes something like this: Why did the broke writer pay $5 for a latte at Starbucks? How else would everyone get to see him writing his novel? Sitting in a Starbucks before the mountain of pulp totaling some 350 pages, I'm slogging through ... // Continue Reading // The Best Part… (May 28, 2014) - When I was 14, I met Joe DiMaggio. He was sitting in the front row of an arena, listening to a speech by then-Arkansas First Lady Hillary Clinton and chatting with Paul Harvey. This meeting and the subsequent autograph represented one of the biggest moments of my young life and, though I've lost the autograph I ... // Continue Reading // 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 //
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