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SJDylan

From Coweta, Oklahoma USA
Age 49
Joined Sunday, August 28, 2005
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I am a writer living in Oklahoma. My writing as well as my politics tends to lean left and as I tell my friends, "My body may be trapped in Oklahoma, but my mind doesn't have to be." I love this country and I am patriotic but as the great American poet-troubadour Steve Earle says, “In a democracy it's never unpatriotic to question anything.” I live in an area of the country that has a rich history of leftist politics – this is the state that produced Woody Guthrie, not to mention Will Rogers – but times have past and the Ghost of Tom Joad now haunts the southwest leaving behind a windblown landscape filled with moral valued people with little or no true understanding of the great, dare I say, progressive and even revolutionary teachings of Jesus Christ.

Yes, I’m somewhat radical, but only by the week knee-jerk standards of the blind patriots of the so-called ‘compassionate right.’ But don’t worry, not all the books I drop will be political, in fact, few might be. I am a great fan of the American Novel. My favorite writers include Twain and Salinger; Gore Vidal and Tom Wolfe. Larry McMurtry is a favorite and John Irving too. I adore Jack Kerouac to the core of my beatnik soul. But I save a special place in my heart for a great American writer not as well known. Scott Spencer, of ‘Endless Love’ fame is my very favorite and believe it or not, that book tops my list of the best. Often out of print, I have for years rummaged through used bookstores, grapping any old worn copy I can find. I have given these copies to friends as well as strangers. If you ever cross paths with this wonderful book, please read it. Give it a chance and please do not prejudge it by what you may have heard or may remember about the movie. The movie is actually better I think than it is generally credited, but the book is well respected among readers and critics alike who have read it.

This is me and the world I inhabit. I feel so lucky to have been introduced many years ago to the epic world of literature. I hope to pass along my good fortune to others, and Book Crossings will be another tool in that quest.

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