About. This (referring to the contents of this web site and my magazine The Angler) is a work in progress, an experiment. This is a text adventure: the performance of a writer, doing what writers do, but out in the open, for the “reading public.” (However, to a first approximation, I assume that no one is actually reading any of this. In that sense I am like Robinson Crusoe on a paper island and each page I post here is akin to a message in a bottle. See also remarks at the end of The Angler #6 regarding Patagonia.)
The Complete Angler is akin to a diary. In addition to essays and commentary about subjects and issues of vital interest I weave in characters, narrative elements, and stories from my unfolding fictional world. The narrator of this textual web (or narrators, as the case may be) is a construction and usually associated with a project I'm working on or have planned for the future. Upon occasion I'll grab the keyboard and write as the Author (as the case is now). This is the place where I work out ideas that I will later develop further in my books.
What sort of content should you expect to find here? As a rough guide, the content (drawn from my interests) falls into the following categorical groupings:
Soccer / Football. Writing about the global game from a US perspective. My special interest is viewing the game as a way of thinking about culture, consumerism, capitalism vs. Marxism, feminism etc.
Craft Beer. In addition to enjoying a tasty beverage, the craft beer and homebrewing movement is an opportunity to look at how small scale, artisan activities get mainstreamed. Craft beer and craftbrewing, as cultural activities, are a competition ground for capitalism with many brewers feeling the pressure to get big rather than stay small. I'm a localism advocate and a locavore, so craft beer is a lens into that lifestyle (think Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.
Language, Culture, Identity. In the age of globalization, I have a interest in counter-globalization or localization. I have a preference for cultivating differences so that travel becomes more meaningful. Recurring themes are the Cajuns of Louisiana, Oklahoma farmers, Marxism, anti-corporate initiatives, anti-war protests, etc.
Those are the broad categories. That and my reading life. At some time scale shorter than infinity I plan on turning all this meandering research into electronic and print (perfect bound) books. Plus any other items I might decide would be interesting to put out there "on the market." Not that I'm really interested in anyone buying anything. Well, I mean, I am interested making it easy for people to read what I've written. So making it possible to get electronic and print copies of my books is a service to the potential reader since the money I make of the sales isn't enough per month even to buy me a pint of beer. (The bulk of the money goes to the ebook distributor or print-on-demand service.)