Wake-up Call is a continuation of my Dark Side of the Moon, which has a long history running back over 20 years and 1700 essays on politics and social issues. It’s almost a time-machine of largely American discourse and Wake-up Call continues that purpose. As for the name, it had nothing to do with Pink Floyd and everything to do with a Mark Twain quote:
“Every man is a moon and has a dark side which he turns toward nobody; you have to slip around behind if you want to see it”
Those essays are compiled in five volumes available on Amazon.com.
I’ve spent all or part of ten decades wandering around this life of mine, trying to pay attention and make some sense of what I’ve experienced. Few writers today can make that claim, having retired or cashed in their chips some time ago. That gives me a somewhat unique perspective that I try to keep as fresh as when I was in my twenties. My purpose is not to preach a liberal or conservative point of view, but to share with you what I find interesting and let the cards fall where they may.
If we can have some fun along the way, all the better.
To quote Mark Twain again, “There are three infallible ways of pleasing an author, and the three form a rising scale of compliment: 1) To tell him you have read one of his books; 2) To tell him you have read all of his books; 3) To ask him to let you read the manuscripts of his forthcoming book. No. 1 admits you to his respect; no. 2 admits you to his admiration; No. 3 carries you clear into his heart.”
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