Sleeping With Guns by Bruce Holbert – NYTimes.com Opinion

Excerpt: “Like many other young men, I mythologized guns and the best tactical backpack plus ideas of manhood associated with them. The gun lobby likes to say guns don’t kill people, people do. And they’re right, of course. I killed my friend; no one else did; no mechanism did. But this oversimplifies matters (as does the gun control advocates’ position that eliminating weapons will end violent crime).” For the full article, click here:...

Bruce Holbert interviewed by Serving House Journal

Excerpt: DA: Tell us about your interest with the force of the Western myth. BH: It’s a love-hate relationship. I grew up surrounded by the myth, but uncomfortable with it as well. The West distrusts speech and intellect, other than what’s practical. It leaves action and, hence, violence as the only way to express one’s self and remain a man. One of mythology’s functions is to instruct its adherents how to function in the world. The rituals and rites are all part of that training. The Western myth teaches men, instead, how to behave in a way that guarantees bad marriages, jail, and a devastating isolation. Violence as a moral force is both admired and punished. Old men sit around recounting their crimes with glee and the boys listening later walk around behaving like a Clint Eastwood character from the spaghetti westerns. The Western myth grew too quickly to develop a moral center. Absence, emptiness, and violence are its morality without the reflection necessary to separate what is selfish from what is justified.   For the full interview, click...

Collectors’ Corner reviews Lonesome Animals by Bruce Holbert

Excerpt: “I’m exhausted!  Never have I read a book that has totally drained me emotionally and physically, until now. Lonesome Animals, written by Bruce Holbert and published by Counterpoint Press, is the guilty party responsible for my exhausted state.” For the full review, click...