By Ivan G. Goldman
By Ivan G. Goldman
Hi Readers. I started this blog not so much because I was enraged by the everyday actions of this criminal regime in Washington. What really got to me was the reaction of our citizens -- or the lack of it. About 28 percent are hardcore fascists who'll follow Bush into the gates of hell, and almost all the rest are strolling through the mall and watching American Idol.
Also, I was personally pinpointed by these ongoing horrors because I have a son in the Army who's already done one tour in Iraq and is set to do another. The worst predictions in 1984, Brave New World, and a host of other fantasies are being realized, and most people don't care enough to react as long as no one in their family is being sent to Iraq by the likes of Exxon-Mobil, Halliburton, and their Washington entourage.
I'm not so egocentric as to believe that those people not reading my blog are automatically wretches. But I've sold non-fiction commentaries to some pretty substantial publications over the years as over-the-transom submissions, so I know my stuff can't all be substandard. But the New York Times, L.A. Times, etc, and even publications like The Nation are operated by jealous cliques and impose certain rules and boundaries I found increasingly tiresome. I really haven't figured out this Internet marketing thing, and I've had fewer than 2,000 "unique visitors," according to the free service that measures this stuff for me.
I don't want to put crappy stuff on this blog under my name, but right now I don't have the time or the inclination to put up polished stuff for such a small audience (for the great people like your who are reading this).
I recently sold my novel The Barfighter and am working on another, and will continue to focus more of my attention on my novels because oddly enough you can write more about the truth as you see it under the umbrella of fiction. I'll also continue doing boxing commentary in The Ring magazine because it's still a joy -- except when I'm on deadline. The accompanying photo is fairly recent. I'm eating free grub supplied by Shane Mosley. If you don't know what Shane looks like and so can't figure out which of us is which, he's the one with lots more money and a great attitude.
For now I plan to put stuff up on this blog from time to time when I come across something that I believe is really worth your attention. But I'm told if you don't put up new stuff all the time you lose your audience. We'll see. I'm also going to Europe pretty soon -- just for a few weeks -- and I'll see how I feel about this blog when I return. Maybe I'll find some magic formula to build a bigger audience. Thanks for sticking with me.
Best wishes & up the ass of the ruling class,