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a fivesome of quora questions about elvis answered

SINCE I AM CURRENTLY TOILING AWAY at var­ious projects of con­sid­er­able girth—I mean, length—I’m going to post a few short-shorts. To break up things while I am re­searching and writing, I turn to Quora and an­swer ques­tions. Quora is a question-and-answer site where ques­tions are asked by users and then an­swered by other users, ei­ther fac­tu­ally or in the form of opinions. [Continue reading]

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“tell it like it was” on a screen near you now!

MY APOLOGIES for ne­glecting reg­ular readers of my blogs for the past few months. For­tu­nately, there is a good reason for this that has nothing to do with those silly ru­mors cir­cu­lated by the VRC that I had run off and joined a pro­gres­sive com­mune in Ver­mont left over from those hippie-wannabe days of yore. [Continue reading]

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lew shiner, elvis, and “steam engine time”

STEAM ENGINE TIME. That’s the name of a con­cept in sci­ence and his­tory that many readers should be fa­miliar with. It’s also the title of a fine short-story that most readers will not be fa­miliar with. This story was written by Lew Shiner, who just might be known to some readers for genre-bending novels like Glimpses and De­serted Cities Of The Heart. [Continue reading]

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and the veins in the grass won’t pay no mind

DID ELVIS EVER TRY ACID? Ap­par­ently, yes. Elvis and LSD pop up in ques­tions and con­ver­sa­tions on the In­ternet, so I am pub­lishing this short piece ad­dressing the topic. While his name is prob­ably for­ever linked with the misuse of pre­scrip­tion drugs—many of us heard the word ‘polyphar­macy’ for the first time in re­la­tion to Presley’s death—Elvis also ex­per­i­mented briefly with the mar­i­juana and LSD, both il­legal at the time of the experimentation. [Continue reading]