Friday, January 23, 2015

South, America: "reminiscent of the the late and great Larry Brown"

Getting kind words from another writer is one of those things that keeps you typing. Thanks, prize-winning Georgia author Ted Dunagan, and for the 5 stars to South, America  on Amazon.

"Rod Davis, in his latest work (South, America), artfully strings words together slightly reminiscent of the late and great Larry Brown. Set in the Heart of Dixie--the Mississippi Delta, Alabama and Louisiana, with a beginning and an ending in the Big Easy, exposes his readers to hate, love, drugs, murder, mafia and mayhem while he skillfully brings the novel to a haunting conclusion with a possible hint of the resurrection of the beautiful memory he has been abandoned to. Wow!"

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Matt Taibbi is the one too dumb to criticize re "American Sniper"

Matt Taibbi is the one almost too dumb to criticize with this nonsense conflation in "Rolling Stone" of his superficial policy quips and the real-life issues and tragedies that servicemembers face in doing the dirty business of war. In part for sh@itheels like Taibbi and Michael Moore pimping their own rides.

We're down to .5 percent of Americans now actually serving in the military. The logical meaning of that number is hard to overstate. Taibbi is a case study in getting it wrong. Chris Kyle never said he was a hero. But he did what he was trained to do and he died trying to help another damaged veteran. Good enough measure of a man for me.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Paying Attention with Jim Harrison

In his Zen poetry collection "After Ikkyu," Jim Harrison says:
     "I was writing a poem about paying attention and microwaved a hot dog so hot it burned a beet-red hole in the roof of my mouth."
      As for myself, I was trimming my goatee this morning to show how together I was and I forgot to put the length-guard over the blades and mowed down a swath of whiskers so wide I had to shave the whole thing off.
       Back to the sitting mat.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

A meditation on not being too clever on the Interwebs

I had to LOL at this NYT piece, "A Meditation on the Art of Not Trying," because it gives me an excuse to explain my email handle "wu-nien" to those who have wondered for decades--and a cautionary tale about being too clever. "Wu-nien" is D.T. Suzuki's translation of the Buddhist concept of "no thought," and the Zen idea of "no thought, no mind," which is that this article discusses. Since my domain was the old "mindspring" (now "earthlink"), I thought a "no-thought" paired with a "mindspring" handle was incredibly clever for a Zen dude.

Turns out NO ONE ever gets it, and there is quibbling about the translation, but I've had the address so long it is hard to change. And thus one more web-naming fail (never go for subtle) and one more thing from the internet you never really needed to know. But this article is still very nice.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

"South, America" reviewed in San Antonio Express-News-- "gritty volume of Southern noir"

South, America gets another fine review in the San Antonio Express-News:

“...suspense and drama in this gritty volume of Southern noir….The backdrop of pre-Katrina New Orleans is perfect for this novel. Davis paints it in tones that show an abiding admiration for the place and its people, and a respect for its enigmatic beauty.” — Yvette Benavides, San Antonio Express-News

Sunday, July 6, 2014

"South, America" reviewed in The Austin Chronicle--"New Orleans noir steeps the reader in Southern atmosphere, history, and violence"

Need some good summer reading? The Austin Chronicle's Mike King recommends South, America in its July Fourth "Lone Star (In)Justice" listing of top crime fiction:

"Rod Davis' new thriller is labeled 'A Jack Prine Novel,' and introduces its world-weary hero, savvy and muscular enough to carry on his back what promises to be an engaging Southern noir series… Like the coy comma in the book's title that redetermines its meaning, the novel proceeds by indirection and sly tangent, through sudden explosions of violence into meditations on Southern history and its persistent burdens on the present.”

Order easily via my author webpage.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

"South, America" review in Montgomery Advertiser--"a fine Southern crime novel"

 "...evokes the uniquely beautiful but sometimes deadly topographies of New Orleans, the Delta and the Deep South." -- The Montgomery Advertiser

Wonderful review from the Montgomery Advertiser. Truly an honor to be recognized by one of the South's leading dailies.