Three parts in this section, and I'll add entries as time goes on
  • Recent Short writings.   Comments on and a copy of my short writings produced since the publication early in 2006 of my latest book, Living White.  The most recent writing is listed first.
  • Books.  Comments and availability information on five books I have published since 1998.
  • Short Writings, 2001-2005.  Published and unpublished short writings, absent commentaries, from 2001 to the publication of Living White.  Again, most recent first, and unpublished material is available here.
If you wa nt 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 tcrosbysiteA.pdfhem in any order, they are self-contained.

          If the PDF links are oversize, adjust them to accommodate your reading preference..

          Recent Short Writings  



             ·  Robert S. Griffin, Thoughts Prompted by “Rich Men North of Richmond: Including One About Celebration, 8 pp., 2023.


               I've been especially taken by the “Rich Men North of Richmond” phenomenon that’s so big in the news these days
              (it’s late August of ‘23).  It’s a song by a heretofore unknown singer/songwriter who goes by the name of Oliver Anthony.   

              Read the article here.

Robert S. Griffin, Why I Write (Or Wrote) on White Racial Matters, 8 pp., 2023.

            I received an email asking how I came to write about “white people like John Kasper, who is seen by most to be very dubious if
            not altogether immoral.”  
I assumed I’d reply briefly, a short paragraph, and that would be it, but I found myself going on, and it
            was for me, not him.  What I was writing was getting at the question of what has propelled the extensive amount of writing on
            white racial matters I’ve done the last couple of decades.  See the complete reply here.

             · Robert S. Griffin, An Exchange with a Newspaper Reporter, 8 pp., 2023.

               In the first half of May, 2023, I received an email from John Terhune, a reporter for the Portland Press Herald newspaper in Portland, Maine, who
           was working on a story about White racial activism that resulted in an email exchange between us.  I’ve decided what we wrote each other and what I
           make of it might be of worth to others.   See the article here.

Robert S. Griffin, Thoughts Upon David Crosby’s Death, 6 pp., 2023. 


             David Crosby, who died January 18, 2023, helped create two of the most popular and influential American musical groups in the 1960s and ‘70s, the
             Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.  He endured the ravages of a severe drug problem, including addictions to cocaine and heroin that landed him
             in jail, as well as obesity and a general lack of self-care.  His life involved a stark contradiction: while he gave an enormous gift to the world through
             his music, for many years he badly abused himself and paid a great personal price for it.  Read the article here.


                 · Robert S. Griffin,  A Tenth White American Voice, 3 pp., 2023


                  In 1831 while a student at the Andover Theological Seminary in Andover, Massachusetts, Samuel Francis Smith wrote the lyrics to “America”
                  (“My Country 'Tis of Thee”) to the melody of “God Save the Queen.” 
Read the article here.

Robert S. Griffin, Nine White American Voices, 12 pp., 2022.

              In the article below this one on this site, The American Political System and White Racial Discourse,  I suggested that White advocacy dialogue and debate

[m]ake room for American voices—Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, and (I’m thinking out loud) Emerson and Thoreau and Mark Twain and     Edgar Rice Burroughs (the Tarzan author) and Teddy Roosevelt and H.L. Mencken and . . . oh, I don’t know, just somebody besides Julius Evola, you know? American thinkers, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Walt Whitman, Teddy Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway, somebody.

             I’ve asked myself, “Who are White ‘somebodies’ you think ought to be heard?”   Of course, the possibilities are virtually endless, but I’ve got to
             start somewhere and nine people come to mind.  Read the article here.

            · Robert S. Griffin, The American Political System and White Racial Discourse, 7 pp., 2022.

          In the recent mid-term elections (this is being written in December of 2022), Democrats, apparently with a good amount of success,
          Republicans with being no less than a threat to American democracy.  I’ll use the democracy-under-siege talk so prominent lately as
          a springboard to a consideration of the America’s political system from the perspective of White racial advocacy.  Read the  
          article here.


          • Robert S. Griffin, What Does Watching the Film “Shadowlands” Bring Up for You? 3pp., 2022.


            I streamed a movie the other day that prompted responses in me that made a difference in how I see things, including myself,       

           and that have stayed with me, and I think it might do the same for you.  Read the article here.

         • Robert S. Griffin, Schooling and Education Amid the Siege: A Perspective, 12 pp., 2022.


               This writing sketches out a perspective on schooling and education (they are different things; more on that later on) for your     
               consideration, including what, if anything, to do about it.  Read it here.


                 • Robert S. Griffin, Looking Over the Wall to See What a Stranger is Up To, 12 pp., 2022.


                These days, very near the end, images from long ago pop into my head, seemingly on their own; I don’t know what prompts them, and
                I let them take me where they will. 
A couple of days ago, it was of a moment from the mid- to late-1980s in Burlington Vermont. 
Read the article here.


              Robert S. Griffin, “What-If” Thinking:  Imagining Alternative Histories as a Way to Know, 13 pp., 2021.


              I’ve found it useful to engage in a “what-if” thought exercise. The idea is to imagine what it would be like now if what   
              happened in the past had happened in some other way, to envision an alternative history and see what it implies.  Read the
              article here.

                 Robert S. Griffin, Thoughts on Kenosha, 9 pp., 2021.


                This was written on November 20th, 2021, the day after the not guilty verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse case in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  

                Streaming the trial got me thinking.   This article shares some of what came up for me for your consideration.  Read the article here.


               Robert S. Griffin, What’s to be Learned from Jon Gruden Getting Kicked Out of the Game, 6 pp.,  2021.                                         


                At this writing in mid-October, 2021, Jon Gruden, coach of the National Football League’s Los Vegas Raiders, has forced to resign
                from his coaching position and undoubtedly been cancelled for life after it was found he used offensive language in personal emails to
               former Washington Football Team president. Bruce Allen. Race hasn’t surfaced in the Gruden matter, at least explicitly, but it informs
               what went down in his case.  Read the article here.


              • Robert S. Griffin, My Take on James W. Loewen, Sociologist and Civil Rights Champion, 13 pp., 2021.

              At my late stage of life, I find that the first thing I read every morning is the obituary section of The New York Times.  I took particular
              notice of the obituary of James W. Loewen in the August 20, 2021 edition of the paper.   It prompted me to rework a review of a book of
              his I had written many years earlier.  Read the reworked review here

              • Robert S. Griffin, If I Had Made the Closing Argument in Defense of Derek Chauvin . . . , 13 pp., 2021.

               At this writing, in mid-May, 2021, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted by a jury of second-degree
               murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd during Floyd’s arrest.  The first charge carries
               a maximum of forty years in prison.  I watched the defense closing argument on television, which brought up questions for me and
               prompted this writing.   Read the article here.


          • Robert S. Griffin, Hemingway’s Truth: A Consideration of Across the River and into the Trees, 9 pp., 2021.


          I don’t consider Across the River and into the Trees a major literary accomplishment, so why am I putting energy into writing about it?
          It’s because after I finished the book I did what I often do with books and films, cruised the internet reading what other people,
          including scholars, have said about it and it hit me that if the people I read are right I misread the book’s plot in a big way, and that intrigues   

            me.   Read the article here.


           Robert S. Griffin, Three Fine Films, 4 pp., 2020.


           In late December of 2020, I wrote a thought for this site called “On the Working Poor.” It was based on three films that, tied together,
           I found artistically superb, personally moving, and very thought-provoking.  I decided to expand it into an article.  Read the article here.

          • Robert S. Griffin, Was “Eyes Wide Shut” A Cultural Watershed?, 10 pp.. 2020.


           “Eyes Wide Shut,” released in 1999, was the last film of the legendary director Stanley Kubrick.   I watched again recently, and while I found
         its merits wanting to say the least, I speculate that it may have been a watershed in our collective life, a turning point, an historical moment in
         the core culture.  Read the essay here.


         • Robert S. Griffin, Looking Into “What’s My Line?” 9 pp., 2020.


          When I was a kid, around eleven or twelve I suppose--this was way back in the 1950s, Saint Paul, Minnesota--in an upstairs room Mother,
          Dad, and I rented in Mr. Jensen’s house—he and his family lived on the first floor--all alone, I watched a game show called “What’s My
          Line?” on CBS at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday nights on our 17-inch black-and-white Zenith television set that looked like a small refrigerator,
          never missed the show.  Read the essay here.


            Robert S. Griffin, The White Wolf, 2020. 


             See the image here.                              


         • Robert S. Griffin, Competing with the Negative Story About Whites, 21 pp., 2020.


          We need to put forth a positive narrative of the white race to counter the negative one being propagated from all sides.  Read the complete
          article here. 

        • Robert S. Griffin, Getting Control in Your Life, 11 pp.,  2020.


         This writing began with a meditation on a slogan of the authoritarian, repressive Party in George Orwell’s dystopian novel,
         Nineteen Eighty-Four
, often referred to as 1984, published in 1949.  I let the process take me wherever it did and it turned out to be some
         advice to young people especially.   Read the complete essay—I think that’s what this is—here.

       • Robert S. Griffin, The Tale of Bob Mathews, 12 pp., 2020.


          In 1983, The National Alliance—a white activist organization founded and headed by William Pierce—held its annual convention in
        Washington,  D.C.  A young mine worker from the Pacific Northwest by the name of Bob Mathews was scheduled to give a talk at the  
         convention.  Mathews had been an Alliance member for three years and actively recruiting new members for the organization among the
         farmers  and ranchers and working people around where he lived in Washington state.   Dr. Pierce asked Bob to tell the people at the
         convention how his efforts were going, and about the situation generally in his part of the country.  Read the tale here.

         • Robert S. Griffin, A Suggestion to American White Advocates:  Root Your Arguments in This Country’s Core Political and Cultural  

           Ideals, 10 pp., 2020.


        This is a shortened version of the article just below on this site, The White Racial Movement’s Historic—and Unfortunate--Embrace of the
         Far Right
.  It was posted in the internet magazine, The Occidental Observer, in June of 2020.  The edit required a change in title.   Read
         this version of the article here.


         • Robert S. Griffin, The White Racial Movement’s Historic—and Unfortunate--Embrace of the Far Right, 15 pp., 2020.


        The cause of white people has historically been linked to the far-right end of the social/political spectrum, which I find problematic
        both philosophically and practically.  Read the article here.


         • Robert S, Griffin, More on a Recent Article About COVID-19, 5pp., 2020.                                 


          I wrote an article on the public response to the COVID-19 virus called “Thoughts from a Leather Couch on Covid-19.”  This article expands
          on it.  Read this article here.