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Rodes Fishburne

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Rodes Fishburne is a writer living in San Francisco.

His first novel is “Going to See the Elephant.”

His essays and articles have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, and Forbes ASAP, where he was the editor of the “Big Issue,” an annual magazine of literary essays from leading writers and thinkers including: Tom Wolfe, Kurt Vonnegut, Muhammad Ali, and the Dalai Lama.

A native of Virginia, he worked for five seasons as a fly-fishing guide in Southwestern Alaska where he was stranded alone in a tent for 21 days.

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Going To See the Elephant
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The Other Man -- essay from July 2008 issue of Oprah's magazine (Humor)
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Description: A father discovers another man in bed with his wife.
Going to See the Elephant (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: I am posting five free chapters from my debut novel, GOING TO SEE THE ELEPHANT, before it goes on sale. There will be a new chapter posted each week through December 8, 2008.
Bullwinkle’s Revenge--Story I wrote in the New Yorker (Nonfiction)
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The first thing Slater Brown did upon exiting the Trumpet building was to throw his hat high in the air. Next he stomped out what passed for an Irish jig as the stream of pedestrians adjusted their flow around him.

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It’s often been noted that a city isn’t yet a City unless a healthy number of newspapers are available to cover it. At different points in San Francisco’s history, it housed as many as twenty-seven newspapers. In 1854, the Alta California..." Read more of this chapter »
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“He was on the bench for 36 years and had the girth to show it.”
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