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

Death and the Maiden

Death and the Maiden

I don't remember when I first discovered Schubert's String Quartet No. 14."Death and the Maiden" was Schubert's testament to the
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Five Goals

Five Goals

Or: A workaholic's guide to avoiding going to meetings   For Dee Wallace* I have a working theory: Workaholics Anonymous doesn't exist because
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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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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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