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, 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
• 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?
• 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,
• 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,
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• 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
• Robert S. Griffin, Thoughts from a Leather Couch About COVID-19, 11 pp., 2020.
Yesterday’s (March 30th, 2020) New York Times headline
was “As U.S. Death Toll Climbs, Washington Weighs New
Emergency Steps.” Today’s
is “Virus May
• Robert S. Griffin, A Rejoinder to “The ABC’s of the Alt-Right: A Guide for Students by Thomas Dalton, Ph.D,” 16pp., 2019.
I read with interest Professor Thomas Dalton’s article
in The Occidental
Observer (an online magazine) posted on December
• 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