Danny Goodman's Blog

March 14, 2017

"If the writer-genius I once idealized was substantial and authentic, then the actual writer was a..."

“If the writer-genius I once idealized was substantial and authentic, then the actual writer was a whole set of personalities that were constantly circling each other. The role of the writer is often not considered a ‘role’ because performing as a writer is close to hand. The one who writes sits alone with her text and works hour after hour, year after year, alone with the words, searching for the word inside the word and the shine that will arise from them. It’s a solitary act, like reading,...
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Published on March 14, 2017 09:36

March 2, 2017

"He isn’t crying exactly. There’s a welling up of something. He’s riding the swell of emotion that..."

“He isn’t crying exactly. There’s a welling up of something. He’s riding the swell of emotion that feels too large for him to tamp down. It’s buoying him up.”

- Brandon Taylor, “Frites,” in Little Fiction
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Published on March 02, 2017 10:20

March 1, 2017

"How we romanticize the tragedy of baseball. Its protean nature appeals to the obsessive, the..."

“How we romanticize the tragedy of baseball. Its protean nature appeals to the obsessive, the vainglorious, the xenophobe alike, as they all see only what they choose to: harbinger of social change, or preserve of the old and traditional…

The American story has been one of incessant consolidation. As separate cities were becoming the five boroughs of a single New York City in 1898, so the disparate competing professional baseball leagues took their first halting steps toward consolidation aro...
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Published on March 01, 2017 07:04

February 21, 2017

So very excited to have these small lovelies out in the world,...


Somehow There Was More Here, in my tiny paws.


The "G" shelf is stellar.

So very excited to have these small lovelies out in the world, courtesy of the most wonderful @foundpress.

If you do happen to order one, send me a private message on here or Twitter (or email) and let me know… for every copy sold, I’ll be donating $2 to either @plannedparenthood or the ACLU  (your choice!). Thanks to y'all for being the absolute best.

SOMEHOW THERE WAS MORE HERE by D. Douglas Goodman

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Published on February 21, 2017 14:15

January 21, 2017

"About the only promise one can find anywhere in this country today is the way some…people are..."

“About the only promise one can find anywhere in this country today is the way some…people are carrying on, making a fuss. I include both their renewed interest in politics (as protest and as community action, rather than as theory) and the way they dance, dress, wear their hair, riot, make love.”

- “What’s Happening in America?”by Susan Sontag
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Published on January 21, 2017 07:33

January 20, 2017

"We Lived Happily During the War," by Ilya Kaminsky

And when they bombed other people’s houses, we

protested
but not enough, we opposed them but not

enough. I was
in my bed, around my bed America

was falling: invisible house by invisible house by invisible house.

I took a chair outside and watched the sun.

In the sixth month
of a disastrous reign in the house of money

in the street of money in the city of money in the country of money,
our great country of money, we (forgive us)

lived happily during the war.

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Published on January 20, 2017 09:40

December 2, 2016

"Get up every day and do the thing. Don’t rush. Every word you write is necessary, regardless of..."

“Get up every day and do the thing. Don’t rush. Every word you write is necessary, regardless of which ones end up in print.”

- @nicholasmainieri, author of The Infinite, on #writing
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Published on December 02, 2016 10:58

November 17, 2016

November 9, 2016

"Those who knew
what was going on here
must make way for
those who know little.
And less than..."

Those who knew
what was going on here
must make way for
those who know little.
And less than little.
And finally as little as nothing.

In the grass that has overgrown
causes and effects,
someone must be stretched out
blade of grass in his mouth
gazing at the clouds.



- “The End and the Beginning” by Wisława Szymborska
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Published on November 09, 2016 08:32

"I asked people to see the worst in our country so that we could preserve the best of it. American..."

I asked people to see the worst in our country so that we could preserve the best of it. American exceptionalism was never real. It was a myth of hubris, and a deep denial of the past. We are a country founded on slave labour and stolen land. We are a country where white mobs lynched blacks for entertainment, and white parents told their children to gather around and cheer.

Children are taught in school that these injustices are exceptions, but they are the rule. The willful blindness to in...

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Published on November 09, 2016 07:18