Archive for the 'Readers Write' Category

Is Donald the GOP’s Doctor Doom?

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

A friend who’s a Republican (hey, no one’s perfect) writes to ask: “In your opinion, with The Donald at the GOP’s helm, are we doomed? I say nay, but others say oh hell yes. I think Hillary is too unsavory for most to support while the Donald’s brashness appeals to the lowest (voting) common denominator. […]

They’re ‘NOT in jail for possession of marijuana or any other harmless, non-addictive, plant-derived substance’

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

A reader of my May 10 column in “Firearms News” (formerly “Shotgun News”) — the one headlined “Donald Trump On Guns” — wrote in: “The column started off great, but as we got closer and closer to the end Vin apparently got wound up listening to his own rhetoric.

Book-buying 101: What does ‘good’ mean?

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

I sell books both online (www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?sortby=0&vci=51238921) and in our brick and mortar bookstore, inside the Charleston Antique Mall in Las Vegas.

‘Entheogenic-Religious Fiction’

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Thomas B. Roberts, professor emeritus at Northern Illinois University, edited the books “The Psychedelic Future of the Mind” and “Psychoactive Sacramentals: Essays on Entheogens and Religion,” the latter of which was acknowledged as a valuable source in my latest novel, “The Testament of James.” Dr. Roberts (no known relation to the Beatles’ Doctor Robert) was […]

‘A natural and, perhaps, even necessary component of spirituality’

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Out of Wyoming, firm proponent of self-ownership Mama Liberty has weighed in with a thoughtful commentary on “The Testament of James” (here), focusing on what the tale tells us about the nature of organized religion, and its relation to social control. “Some people got together and figured out how to use the belief or disbelief […]

‘An alternative interpretation of the life and work of Jesus . . .’

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

The genial John Walker, formerly of Autodesk et al., has posted a new review of “The Testament of James” here:

Revisiting “America’s proud heritage: ‘uneducated, illiterate, barefooted, gun-toting hayseeds’?”

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Has it really been five years — Thanksgiving of 2009 — since I posted a “readers respond” column under this headline? For those who’d like another gander at what passes for reasoned, well-documented debate among the defenders of today’s mandatory government youth propaganda camps, I believe it’s still posted at http://www.vinsuprynowicz.com/?p=374 .

The Great Writers produced by the Federal Writers’ Project

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

My fellow booksellers in these parts were recently advised to research and stock books created under the auspices of the FDR-era “Federal Writers’ Project,” a tax-and-spend-and-elect outfit created in 1935 as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration. That’s good advice as far as it goes. Writers who later became well-known, from Nelson Algren […]

With a little help from my friends (‘Why I may appear to have been writing less, of late,’ Part One of Three)

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Friends and fans — if few in number then all the more cherished — have been asking why I seem to have been writing less this year. I hope I don’t take too much on myself if I’m reminded of Paul McCartney reporting the press reaction when the Beatles stopped touring and went almost a […]

It’s unfortunate …

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Attempts to contact Vin at his former work email address or phone number may appear to go unanswered. Ditto, possibly, with snail mail … we haven’t checked. But it does seem that emails sent to him are going into a black hole somewhere — and the answering machine will take a message though he’ll never […]