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Monday, July 21, 2014

Clay Shaw Bio, Man Of A Million Fragments: The True Story Of Clay Shaw, Released in Paperback Edition

My biography of Clay Shaw, entitled Man of a Million Fragments: The True Story of Clay Shaw, is now available in a deluxe print edition (paperback). The book, a detailed biography that covers Shaw's entire life as a prominent gay businessman and civic leader, his military service, his early life, and his arrest and trial at the hands of New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, has been available as an e-book only for the past year.

The print edition is available at createspace.com (click on the "Site" button at top right, then click on "Search" and search for "Clay Shaw").

It is also available at amazon.com.

It should eventually be available at all major online booksellers that sell print editions.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Print Edition of Clay Shaw Biography Nears Completion

The long-awaited print edition of the biography of Clay Shaw, Man of a Million Fragments: The True Story of Clay Shaw, is very near completion. I estimate at this time that we will have it out by the end of July, if not before.

The book, which has had a great reception, as an e-book, from anyone who knows anything about the subject, continues to generate positive feedback a year after its release. The print edition should reach the large majority of readers who have not moved exclusively to e-books.

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Second volume of Nashville series nearing completion

The second volume of Nashville-The Mood has been completed in rough draft form and will undergo editing and finalization over the next period. As you know from the first volume, the series will, over a period of time, tell the story of the real Nashville (cynics may say the "real" Nashville).

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Nashville: The Mood Part 2

The second edition of Nashville: The Mood is almost written, at least in first draft. It should be out in the early fall. It continues to explore the many sides of the complex city of Nashville that have never been told to outsiders, nor indeed to many residents.

The first volume is available as an e-book at all online e-books retailers in all major e-book formats.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Congressman Jim Cooper Takes Controversial Stand On Hemp Legalization

Scientists studying the bottom of the ocean off the coast of the Philippines have discovered that certain fish at such lower depths have a great sense of humor, particularly at the expense of their brethren at shallower depths. They have been known to look up and comment sarcastically on the shapes and activities of what they call the "cloud dwellers."

Meanwhile, in Nashville, Tennessee, Congressman Jim Cooper, known for taking some of the most courageous and controversial stands of any member of Congress, held a lively press conference yesterday dealing with the burning issue of hemp legalization. The Tennessee legislature recently passed a bill allowing hemp to be grown in Tennessee, but Federal law prohibits it, and Congress would have to take up the matter. The press conference was packed with various member of the Seigenthaler clan, who have dogged Cooper for years on a host of issues.

In response to a direct question on hemp legalization, Cooper said that "the issue of hemp legalization can be a divisive one. It divides our citizenry, our legal and policing authorities, and our medical community. But I will not allow the prospect of potential divisiveness to deter me from taking a courageous stand. I am currently studying the issue and will, at the proper time, take the position that is the most correct one. We know that some people are for it, and some people are against it. That is understandable. But we must always strive to do the right thing, not only in the short run, but in the long one as well.

Asked if there was a cliche with which he was not familiar, Cooper responded with his characteristic honesty and humor: "I know most of them. Perhaps not every single one, but most of them. And I try not to let any of them that I do not go unused. there is nothing more pitiful than an unused cliche; I almost feel sorry for it."

Cooper, unlike most members, has been known to split himself into two entities, or even several, in order to represent his constituents effectively. If a poll had shown such divisiveness as he referred to, on any issue, he has been able to split himself into, for instance, a 52% Jim Cooper, a 27% Jim Cooper, and a 16% Jim Cooper, totaling 95%. For the remaining 5%, he formed an Undecided Jim Cooper (surely a strange position for the Congressman, who detests indecisiveness and lack of moral fiber of stand-taking. Citizens of Washington often see one portion or another of the Congressman walking the streets near the Capitol, subdivided by individual issue. Only in the late evening, when all pieces get together in the same room, does the Congressman appear as a fully formed person.

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