A Vietnam Veterans Death–“And of the dead, speak only truth”

How do you say goodbye to a drunk who didn’t get it?  How do you pay proper respect to a man whose life seems to have been devoted to telling lies and manufacturing more lies to provide evidence for the first round?  How do you miss a man whose corpse you discovered 10 months ago, … Continue reading A Vietnam Veterans Death–“And of the dead, speak only truth”

Readers’ Mailbag–Send Questions to keithhoward@gmail.com

  What’s a typical morning like for you in the Tiny White Box in the Great North Woods? I will answer your question, but first, isn’t language amazing?  Your sentence ends with two prepositional phrases in a row, yet we could go on adding like phrases forever and the sentence would still be correct and … Continue reading Readers’ Mailbag–Send Questions to keithhoward@gmail.com

Inductive Archaeologists and Shaun of the Dead

Archaeology has to work with the stuff that gets found.  For instance, much of what we know about Roman Britain isn’t based on written records left lying around for 1600 years, it’s conjecture drawn from types of pottery and crockery exhumed from the earth.  It’s all a matter of inductive reasoning—drawing conclusions from isolated bits … Continue reading Inductive Archaeologists and Shaun of the Dead

Tiny White Box Profiled in Vagabond Monthly–Libel Suit to Follow

I’ve always wanted to be interviewed by Rolling Stone, the New Yorker or, even, Foreign Affairs Quarterly.  (In this last, I’d hoped to outline my vision for a future Myanmar that would begin with changing its name to WeUsedtobeBurma.)  Instead, the home I live in is now featured in another, less well-known magazine—Vagabond Monthly:  The … Continue reading Tiny White Box Profiled in Vagabond Monthly–Libel Suit to Follow