WEB SITE FOR ROBERT S. GRIFFINThis site focuses on my writing since the late 1990s and what ties it together. It indicates where my books can be obtained and makes available much of my short writing.
I’ve authored six books and around 110 short pieces during this period—articles, essays, reviews, an afterword to a book, a published speech, and commentaries. In addition, this site contains 220 or so thoughts, as I call them, written especially for this site: whatever came to mind that pressed to be expressed in whatever form it happened to take, reflection, essay, reminiscence, or something else. I haven't felt the urge to comment on the events and personages of the day, so I don't consider the thoughts to be blogs.
My writings have been vehicles for an investigation of the whole of American society and culture and the way we conduct our individual lives. That has involved me in considerations related to history, philosophy, race, religion, the arts, the mass media, parenting, the process of growing up, gender, education, sports, and personal health and fulfillment. More fundamentally, my writing has been part of my personal quest to live out Nietzsche’s injunction to become what I am.
These last few years have brought home to me the importance of living with integrity and courage in the face of adversity. I’m reminded of what newsman Edward R. Murrow said in the 1950s on his television program “See It Now”: “We are not descended from fearful men, not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes that were for the moment unpopular.” I hope it can be said of me that I’m not a fearful man.
This site has three sections:
In 2019, I put together a book of readings, available here as a PDF, entitled What Came to Mind: Thoughts Late In Life. I gave myself a page limit—three hundred pages. Staying within that quota, I selected thoughts over the nearly twelve years I posted on this site that seemed best for this book, which essentially is an exploration of taking on the challenge to live well—honorably, effectively, and gratifyingly--as the person one truly is. I tinkered with titles, changed some names and places, and edited for length and clarity. This book is made up of sixty individual efforts, but I believe there’s coherence and progression, even a memoir of sorts, here. I hope you will find a fair amount of this material unique, informing, stimulating, entertaining, and moving. I’d like to think there are ideas in these pages that, if applied, will contribute to improving the quality of your life. These readings were created during the time I went from being old to, now, elderly. In part, the book is about aging, which is either happening to you now or coming up for you, and it is about death. Here's the book.
I wrote what I called a portrait (in contrast to
a biography) of the late Dr. William Pierce entitled
“The Fame of a Dead Man’s Deeds: An Up-Close Portrait
of White Nationalist William Pierce.” Pierce
founded and headed a white advocacy organization, The
He came to the attention of the mainstream
public back in 1995 when his novel “The Turner
Diaries” was thought to have been the inspiration for
the Oklahoma City bombing by Timothy McVeigh. Here's the book.
In 2004, I published what can be viewed as a follow-up to "The Fame of a Dead Mans Deeds" called "One Sheaf, One Vine: Racially Conscious White Americans Talk About Race." Here's the book.
In 2006, I published Living White: Writings on Race, 2000-2005. It contains writings that haven’t been available on this site up to now, including (for the sake of brevity, I’ve left off subtitles): “Rearing Honorable White Children”; “The New White Nationalism”; “David Starr Jordan”; “The Real Lincoln”; "Reading Rockwell"; “Living White”; “Reminiscence”; “While There’s Still Time”; “Racism: A History”; “Going Public”; “Belgium Interview”; “Belgium in July”; “Ole Miss, New Miss”; and “Positive Visions and Actions.” Here it is, Living White.