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John Rachel

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in Ypsilanti, Michigan, The United States
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John Rachel has a B. A. in Philosophy, has traveled extensively, is a songwriter, music producer, novelist, and an evolutionary humanist. He has spent his entire life trying to resolve the intrinsic clash between the metaphysical purity of Buddhism and the overwhelming appeal of narcissism. Prompted by the trauma of graduating high school and having to leave his beloved city of Detroit to attend university, the development of his social skills and world view were arrested at age 18. This affliction figures prominently in all of his creative work.

Since 2008, when he first embarked on his career as a novelist, he has had eight fiction and three non-fiction books published. These range from three satires and a coming-of-age trilogy, to a polit
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John Rachel I never get writer's block. I have writer's tsunami. I'm drowning in ideas. My wife has resorted to firing animal tranquilizer darts at me to shut me …moreI never get writer's block. I have writer's tsunami. I'm drowning in ideas. My wife has resorted to firing animal tranquilizer darts at me to shut me up.(less)
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Archipelago (The Man Who Lo...

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Petrocelli

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Blinders Keepers

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Entendre (The Man Who Loved...

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An Unlikely Truth

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11 - 11 - 11 (End-Of-The-Wo...

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My Holiday Greeting Card

Here is my holiday season card to the world. It is a video I put together with my Japanese wife and I performing my original song, written and recorded here in Japan. It is not "religious" but comes from my heart ...

"Happy New Year"

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Published on December 23, 2016 15:53 Tags: christmas, hannuka, new-years-holiday-cheer, peace
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Moon Walk (Humor)
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Description: An incredibly rich guy goes to the moon to commit suicide. Failing that he returns to the earth to attend the reading of his will.
The Little Engine That Could (Humor)
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Description: This is an excerpt from my new novel, "Blinders Keepers". It is social-political satire in the tradition of Kurt Vonnegut, Joseph Heller, and Jonathan Swift.
State of the Union (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: An adapted excerpt from my recently published novel, 12-12-12. This is a tongue-in-cheek version of the State of the Union address we did not hear.
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“You can't teach calculus to a chimpanzee. So just share your banana.”
John Rachel, Blinders Keepers

“We hold our dreams and ideals close to our hearts, where the promises are made to the future generations.”
John Rachel, A Long Night's Journey Into Daylight

“As an orangutan cannot embrace higher mathematics or comprehend the architecture and operation of a computer, we humans __ so good at loudly proclaiming our intelligence and applauding our own doltish displays of cerebral gymnastics __ cannot begin to understand the true structure and functioning of the Universe.”
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“The police called it choking, but I called it a two-handed neck hug. That’s how I knew she really loved me.”
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“Like the blind man said as he wandered into a cannibal village . . .

“Alright! The country fair must be right up ahead. I smell barbecue!”
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“You can't teach calculus to a chimpanzee. So just share your banana.”
John Rachel, Blinders Keepers

“We hold our dreams and ideals close to our hearts, where the promises are made to the future generations.”
John Rachel, A Long Night's Journey Into Daylight

“As an orangutan cannot embrace higher mathematics or comprehend the architecture and operation of a computer, we humans __ so good at loudly proclaiming our intelligence and applauding our own doltish displays of cerebral gymnastics __ cannot begin to understand the true structure and functioning of the Universe.”
John Rachel, 12-12-12

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message 17: by Michael

Michael Murphy John, thanks for connecting on Goodreads. Wishing you continued success with your writing. Hope you'll add my new Prohibition-era mystery, The Yankee Club, to your to read list. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...


message 16: by John

John Rachel Richard Reviles Censorship wrote: "Apparently you don't read my status updates."

How can I? We are not friends. Your profile is set to private.


message 15: by Richard

Richard Derus Apparently you don't read my status updates.


message 14: by John

John Brooke Hola John,

My flash fiction tale "WEEPERS" is sitting here waiting for me to send it to for your reading pleasure. If you recall it was on the same wavelength as the title of your book, "Blinders Keepers" I don't know how to send it to you. Under 500 words can sene as a PDF attachement, in MS word or whatever. Please advise and I'll send.

My eMail address is johnbrooke@me.com


message 13: by John

John Rachel Ana wrote: "Thanks for the friending - needless to say I will be keeping a sharp eye out for your books as my interest has immediately been piqued."

Great! More important than a sharp eye is wearing welders goggles when reading my novels. You might want to have a tank of nitrous oxide handy as well.


message 12: by Ana

Ana Thanks for the friending - needless to say I will be keeping a sharp eye out for your books as my interest has immediately been piqued.


message 11: by John

John Rachel I do what I can. I will soon be upgraded to a new operating system and will be able to blow bubble gum bubbles and generate witty one-liners. I guess that will come in handy. What's a pick-up line? "May I help you pick up the oranges that fell out of your backpack?" Something like that?

Actually, I see you're a fan of Kurt Vonnegut.

See? Humans and machines can share good taste in authors.

Madeleine wrote: "Congratulations on being the first machine I willingly friended. Your honesty and humor make me feel quite a bit better about the eventual rise of computerized overlords.

Also, thank you for the f..."



Madeleine Congratulations on being the first machine I willingly friended. Your honesty and humor make me feel quite a bit better about the eventual rise of computerized overlords.

Also, thank you for the friend request.


message 9: by John

John Rachel I read Tolle while at a hippie commune in Ibiza, Spain during 2006. Very bizarre experience but the book was a breath of fresh air. I have since packed my "pain body" up and mailed it to someone in Oklahoma.

L.A. wrote: "Thank you for the friend request. I am reading Eckart Tolle at the present moment. Have a lovely weekend."


message 8: by L.A.

L.A. Thank you for the friend request. I am reading Eckart Tolle at the present moment. Have a lovely weekend.


Shera (Book Whispers) Thanks for the friend invite!


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John Rachel Harrison wrote: "Thanks for adding me John."

Sure. Let's keep in touch. Here's my blog site ...
http://jdrachel.com


Harrison Davies Thanks for adding me John.


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*


Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and book-filled holidays.


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Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Thanks for the friend request John!


message 2: by John

John Rachel Jen wrote: ""Large balls of gas and collectable string": Awesome."

Thanks, Jen. This is just the way I write. If you like satire with a pinch of surrealism, please check out my last two novels, "11-11-11" and "12-12-12". They come with money-back guarantees. If you are for any reason disappointed with these books, just book a flight to Japan and show up at my doorstep and I will refund the full purchase price, no questions asked. Well, I guess I have to ask 'Dollars or yen?'. Thanks for your comment.


message 1: by Jen

Jen Knox "Large balls of gas and collectable string": Awesome.


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