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John Manchester commented on John Manchester's blog post Jill Ker Conway 1932-2018
"Thank you, Anna! Over the years I've been more and more attracted to simpler styles, both in what I read and what I write. But some writers get to me with more sophisticated stuff - Jennifer Egan, until her latest, which I sadly haven't…"
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Anna Herrington commented on John Manchester's blog post Jill Ker Conway 1932-2018
"I sometimes struggle with the current style and concept of writing as if you're talking to someone in person.... sometimes it works but sometimes the beauty of and the play with words disappears and so does the joy in reading them. (For me, the…"
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"Sometimes it's the voice that cannot be heard that is the clearest."
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John Manchester commented on John Manchester's blog post Wild Wild Country
"Julie - Not publishes yet, but very soon."
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Julie Johnson commented on John Manchester's blog post Wild Wild Country
"VERY nice read, and the comments also.  Makes me want to look into this story, and I had seen something fly by about it on the tablet the other night, but didn't a bit of attention before.  Thank you!  btw...How's that book…"
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"Monkey, this is the first time in a long time I agree with you one thousand percent."
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Anna Herrington commented on John Manchester's blog post Wild Wild Country
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Maui Surfer commented on John Manchester's blog post Wild Wild Country
"Cults- people just wanting to fit in, like a gang, only they're not tough. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard grew up in a notorious cult, bailed out to join my own kids in Iraq, and now is in Congress. I don't trust her a bit, her father is a…"
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alsoknownas commented on John Manchester's blog post Wild Wild Country
"John,  I recall her having 3 or 4 persons with her. They were drifty seeming.  She was direct and polite.  Somewhat like this: "I'd like these ones here"  she told me with a wave of the arm. "Do you mean the…"
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J.P. Hart commented on John Manchester's blog post Wild Wild Country
"'They cut our hair, locked us up, even threatened to kill us.' Vividly I remember having to have 'military-type short sideburns' afore being allowed a high school sheepskin - class of 1968. Much appreciate your essay as well as…"
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"My oldest son was just here discussing how great he thought this mini series? is and that I must watch it, "especially since you were here then, Mom, not to mention you lived on a (different) commune back in the…"
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Jill Ker Conway 1932-2018

Posted on June 15, 2018 at 9:46am 3 Comments

Since moving to the Bay Area I’ve been listening a lot to our local public radio station KQED. I turned on my car radio the other day and there was an unmistakable voice that I thought I’d never hear again–that of my friend Jill Ker Conway. She died a few weeks ago, on June 1st. I was hearing an interview with Terri Gross from 1994, but Jill didn’t sound any different than the last time we spoke.

We met when my family moved to a Western Massachusetts town–coincidentally…

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Wild Wild Country

Posted on April 12, 2018 at 8:46am 16 Comments

The Netflix documentary series Wild Wild Country tells the story of Indian guru Baghwan Shree Rajneesh’s years in the US. In 1981 he and his followers moved to remote Antelope, Oregon, population 40. On a hundred mile square tract of wilderness they built Rajneeshpuram, a city that housed up to 7000, complete with a shopping mall and airport.

The locals were none too pleased with their new maroon-clad neighbors and did everything they could to get them to leave. The…

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Published!

Posted on January 8, 2018 at 10:57am 8 Comments

I am happy to announce that I have signed a deal with TCK Publishing for Never Speak, If I Fell, and The Girl in the Game, novels of psychological suspense.

 

This never would have happened without my wife Judy, agent Evan Marshall, and the brainstorming, mentoring, beta-reading and handholding of countless friends, family and fellow writers at Our Salon and Open Salon over the thirteen and a half…

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An Improbable Cause

Posted on March 15, 2017 at 8:56am 6 Comments

Thirteen months ago I wrote about finding my new agent, extending my metaphor of storming the fortress of the publishing business. A new year, and time for a new metaphor : climbing a mountain.

I first gazed up at the summit thirteen years ago. It looked close. I was writing a memoir about my father and the 1960’s. Memoirs…

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