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WRITINGS


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  Published and unpublished short writings, absent commentaries, from 2001 to the publication of Living White.  Again, most recent first, and unpublished material is available here.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 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.

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

          Recent Short Writings

            

        • 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
         school’s Parent-Teacher Organization.  James Monroe, he offered, isn’t the kind of person the school ought to be named after. The PTO
         co-chair sided with the parent: “It’s a critically important issue that James Monroe was a slave owner, and that doesn’t reflect the kids that
         go to Linwood-Monroe in the slightest.”  The Linwood-Monroe name change looked to me like a done deal.  But not so fast.  On to the
         scene comes Al Hanzal.  Read the full article here.
                                

       • 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.

       
          • Robert S. Griffin, Who Will Sign Bryce Harper? How Media-Derived Narratives Shape Our Perceptions, and What Am I Doing with
          My Life?,  12 pp., 2019.

                               

         At this writing, a story dominating the sports headlines—ESPN, the sports pages of newspapers, and so on--is the fate of baseball free
         agents Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.   Free agents are players who aren’t under contract with any team and thus able to sign with any
         team for  any period of time and for any amount of money.   See the complete article here.

 

         • 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
          article here.

              

• 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.

Back in 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
Gay Artists in Modern American Culture: An Imagined Conspiracy by Michael S. Sherry (The University of North Carolina Press, 2007). 
 
I went back to the gay artists writing again a couple of days ago, and this time thought to myself, this gets at an important issue, what about doing an edit and creating an updated version?  Read the complete essay (I excised the review part of the 2008 writing) here.

        

• 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
        evening.   A couple of pictures--one having to do with the center’s education programs, the other with its arts programs—caught my eye. 
       
Read the article here.

 

         • Robert S. Griffin, Learning from Baseball, 3 pp., 2018.

 

          There are lessons to be learned from the game of baseball.  Read the article here.

  
        • Robert S. Griffin, Don’t Give People a Club to Beat You Over the Head With, 16 pp., 2018.

                              

             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
        Illinois, will indeed be prominent in it.  Read the profile here.

           

         • 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
        I didn’t care for him.  Finally, I took it upon myself to read Hitler’s magnum opus, Mein Kampf, and see what I could pick up about him
        for myself.  Read the article here.  


       • 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
      of 2017) because I happened upon a reference on the internet to a new book about Kasper—John Kasper and Ezra Pound: Saving the Republic
     
by Alec Marsh.  Read the article  here.

      
        • 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.                               


        • Robert S. Griffin, Addictions:  An Example of the Interplay of the Public and Private, 11 pp., 2017.

       Almost exclusively, white racial discourse has focused on public concerns: white identity and culture, historical and current realities,
       philosophical and ideological concepts, and proposals and strategies for collective action.  And that’s all well and good, keep it going. 
     
The argument here is that at the same time we’re doing that, let’s give attention to the opposite of a public focus: let’s look at things from a
      private, or personal or individual, frame of reference; and take note of the interplay of the public and private, how each affects the other.
     
The private concern I shine a light on here is addiction.   Read the complete article here.

         
          • Robert S. Griffin, World War II and the Walters (Lippmann and Winchell):  Their Implications for Our Time, 10 pp., 2017.

          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
          Pierce’s consuming interest in World War II.  Read the article here.

        

           · Robert S. Griffin, He Doth Opine:  A Review of Making Sense of The Alt-Right by George Hawley (Columbia University Press, 2017) 218 pp. , 
          
5pp. review, 2017.

                                         

          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 2017.   White racial activists had gathered in that city
          to  protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee and to hold a “United the Right” rally.  Read my commentary here.

         


           · 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, How Movements Succeed, commentary, 3 pp., 2017.


          One way to be successful is to learn from the successes of others. Three successful movements in recent decades have been the civil rights, feminist,
          and gay rights  movements.   Read my 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 teaching.  They got me thinking about the effects a career in teaching had on me.   Read
        the complete essay here.

      


       • Robert S. Griffin, How Movements Succeed: Lessons from the Past, 3 pp., 2017.

                        

       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” and  

      “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
        Renaissance.  Read the commentary here.

 

       

          · Robert S. Griffin, Football Players Making a Better World, commentary, 3 pp,, 2016.

                                    

          On December 17th, 2016, the University of Minnesota football players called off their threatened boycott and will play in the Holiday Bowl game
          in San Diego on December 27th.  Read my commentary here.

 

        • Robert S. Griffin, Seize the Center: A Critique of the Alt Right, Including Tyler Durden’s Advice, 17pp., 2016.


        This is a revision and update of the article immediately below this one on this site,  “The Alt Right and Tyler Durden’s Advice.”   It was
        written just after the conference that was central to the article, and just after President-Elect Donald Trump’s disavowed of the Alt Right.
       
Read the complete article here.