Three parts in this section, and I'll add entries as time goes on
If you want to get my view of American life and our individual lives, you could read the books in the order I have listed them here, beginning with Sports in the Lives of Children and Adolescence. Add to that the short writings since the publication of my last book, Living White--they are listed in the "Recent Short Writings" section below--and then the material in the "Thoughts" section of this site. If you only have the time or interest to read just one book, I suggest The Fame of a Dead Man's Deeds. If you want the latest and/or a sense of who I am, read the thoughts in the order they are listed in the Thoughts section of this site, beginning with "On Foucault"--and you can read them in any order, they are self-contained.
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Recent Short Writings
• Robert S. Griffin, Why I Owe Jim Bakker an Apology and Thank You, 14 pp., 2019.
In the mid-1970s to the late-‘80s, Jim Bakker and his wife Tammy
Faye hosted a daily Christian talk show called
“The PTL Club,” which
• Robert S. Griffin, “Midnight Cowboy” Revisited: Making New Sense of an Iconic Old Film, 14 pp., 2019.
The film “Midnight Cowboy” has turned
out to be one of the three iconic American films of
the 1960s—the other two, “The Graduate” and
• Robert S. Griffin, Who Shall Remain Nameless: Al Hanzal and Democracy in Action, 14 pp., 2019.
In Saint Paul, Minnesota, a parent at the Linwood Arts
Plus School brought his concern about the Monroe part of
the school’s name to the
• Robert S. Griffin, Where is Calvin Coolidge When We Need Him? 10 pp., 2019.
People who have done the talking all of my life don’t like presidents like Calvin Coolidge. Read the article here.
At this writing, a story dominating the sports
headlines—ESPN, the sports pages of newspapers, and so
on--is the fate of baseball free
• Robert S. Griffin, William Gayley Simpson on Christianity and the West, 9 pp., 2018.
"Someone else you might want to include in this
[book] project [The
Fame of a Dead Man’s Deeds]," William Pierce called
out to me as
I was leaving his office at the end of one of our evening talks, "is William Gayley Simpson. Do you know about him?" Read the full
• Robert S. Griffin, A Commentary on The Sky King, 5 pp. 2018.
On August 10th, 2018, Richard Russell, 29-years-old and married, a baggage handler at the Seattle-Tacoma Airport, who had no training as a pilot, and who as far as anyone knows had never flown a plane before, took an empty 75-seat twin-turboprop bombardier Q400 plane and flew it for about an hour over Puget Sound, executing wild, dangerous, and highly impressive rolls and such, all the while engaging in self-effacing chat with an air traffic controller, before—in all likelihood with suicidal intent--plunging into sparsely populated Ketron Island 25 miles southwest of the airport, demolishing the plane and ending his life. Read the commentary here.
• Robert S. Griffin, The White Racial Movement and Gays, 12 pp., 2018.
2008, I wrote an essay/review for this site--I called it
a review at the time, but it was as much an essay as a
review--of the book
• Robert S. Griffin, William Pierce and a Play by George Bernard Shaw, 9 pp., 2018.
In the early part of this century, I published a portrait, as I called it, of the white activist William Pierce, who died shortly thereafter, called The Fame of a Dead Man’s Deeds. I called the book a portrait rather than a biography because it was basically my sense of Pearce after spending a month living in close contact with him on his remote compound in West Virginia. One of Pierce’s prime traits, he took ideas very seriously and lived in accordance with the ones that gave him direction in his life’s project of living an honorable and meaningful existence in the time he had allotted to him on earth (it turned out to be 68 years). One major source of perspective and guidance for Pierce was a stage play, Man and Superman, by George Bernard Shaw. The following is an excerpt from the Fame book about that play’s impact on him. Read the complete article here.
• Robert S. Griffin, Where’s Nordic-Boy? A Game for Our Time, 8 pp., 2018.
During intermission of a modern dance performance I
attended, I looked through the program handed out to
everyone in attendance that
• Robert S. Griffin, Learning from Baseball, 3 pp., 2018.
There are lessons to be
learned from the game of baseball. Read the article
In November of 2016, I wrote a couple of related articles I thought were good, but nobody else did, so I set them aside. In March
of 2018, I felt drawn to revisit them. Read the article here.
• Robert S. Griffin, Who Was Revilo Oliver? 13 pp, 2018.
If a thorough history of the white racial movement is
ever written, Revilo Oliver (1908–1994), a classics
professor at the University of
• Robert S. Griffin, William Pierce and Cosmotheism, 12 pp., 2018.
During the early 1970s, the late white activist Dr. William Pierce formulated a religious orientation he called Cosmotheism to provide
the spiritual basis for the direction he was taking in his racial work. Read the article here.
• Robert S. Griffin, Who Was George Lincoln Rockwell? 9pp., 2018.
For those unfamiliar with George Lincoln Rockwell (1918-1967), perhaps this writing, drawn from my book on the late William
Pierce, The Fame of a Dead Man’s Deeds, will provide a sense of him. Read the profile here.
• Robert S. Griffin, What Hitler Believed, 12 pp., 2018.
All my life, it’s been Hitler this and Hitler that. For me, it
was like the Norm Macdonald joke, the more I heard
about the guy, the more
• Robert S. Griffin, The Tale of John Kasper (2017), 17 pages, 2017.
In 2007, I wrote the article on the white activist John
Kasper (1929-1998). The Kasper writing came to mind this
past week (early December
• Robert S. Griffin, "Moneybull": An Inquiry Into Media Manipulation (short version), 12 pp., 2017. This is an abridged and slightly revised version of a
2012 writing on this site. It’s about the 2011 film “Moneyball," a fine piece of entertainment, but I question its messages. Read the
revised article here.
Almost exclusively, white
racial discourse has focused on public concerns: white
identity and culture, historical and current realities,
Around the turn of the century, I wrote a book about
white advocate William Pierce. One of the
things that stuck with me about that experience is
· Robert S. Griffin, He Doth
Review of Making
Sense of The Alt-Right by George Hawley (Columbia
University Press, 2017) 218 pp. ,
With any book, it helps to take into account who wrote it and who published it. Read the complete review here.
· Robert S. Griffin, Feelings and Thoughts on Charlottesville, 3 pp., 2017.
Like everyone—in the world, really—I was riveted by the
events in Charlottesville, Virginia in mid-August of
racial activists had gathered in that city
· Robert S. Griffin, Serena, Ingrid, and the Story of My Time, 2 pp., 2017.
The August, 2017 issue of Vanity Fair magazine has the naked and very pregnant tennis star Serena Williams on the cover. When I saw it, a thought flashed
to my mind: “Ingrid Bergman wasn’t naked on the cover of Life in Dad’s shop.” Read the full commentary here.
• Robert S. Griffin, The Downsides of Being a Teacher for Me (And Maybe for You), 21pp., 2017.
In recent days, I read a couple of good books on
got me thinking about the effects a career in teaching
had on me. Read
This is a commentary drawn
from a section in the two articles immediately below on
this site—“The Alt Right and Tyler Durden’s Advice”
“Seize the Center.” It examines the black
civil rights movement in the 1950s and ‘60s, the modern
feminist movement, and the gay rights
movement, all three of them successful, to see what
might be learned from them. It was posted
in March, 2017 in the webzine American