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Keith Balmer
Virginia, USA
Author of smart and witty essays on American culture. #longreads
Interests: Comedy. Politics. Pop Culture. Sports. Women. Wine. (not in that particular order)
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In 1944 Vice President Henry Wallace wrote an op-ed in the New York Times about fascism. In it he stated, “the symptoms of fascist thinking are colored by environment and adapted to immediate circumstances. But always and everywhere they can be identified by their appeal to prejudice and by the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at The Literary Activist
One of my very first friends was a white kid named David Parker. He and his family moved across the street from me when I was six. We bonded immediately. His parents were real cool. I remember they had a lot of movies on VHS, literally dozens and dozens of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at The Literary Activist
One of my very first friends was a white kid named David Parker. He and his family moved across the street from me when I was six. We bonded immediately. His parents were real cool. I remember they had a lot of movies on VHS, literally dozens and dozens of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Keith's Creative Nonfiction
Have you ever had one of those conversations where you’re reminiscing with friends about some shocking event, and you and your friends share stories about where you were, and what you were doing at the moment that shocking event happened? This scenario played out for me recently. I was in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Keith's Creative Nonfiction
The Hollywood Walk of Fame is one of L.A.’s most instantly recognizable attractions. Every year tens of thousands of wannabes flock like geese to the world’s entertainment capital, with visions of stardom dancing in their eyes. And when they arrive, one of the very first places they go is to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Keith's Creative Nonfiction
"Welcome to the Hotel California Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place) Such a lovely face Plenty of room at the Hotel California Any time of year (Any time of year) You can find it here.” - The Eagles; Hotel California I was born in Emporia, Virginia and raised... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Keith's Creative Nonfiction
Have you ever had one of those conversations where you’re reminiscing with friends about some shocking event, and you and your friends share stories about where you were, and what you were doing at the moment that shocking event happened? This scenario played out for me recently. I was in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Keith Balmer: The Gentleman Scholar
The Hollywood Walk of Fame is one of L.A.’s most instantly recognizable attractions. Every year tens of thousands of wannabes flock like geese to the world’s entertainment capital, with visions of stardom dancing in their eyes. And when they arrive, one of the very first places they go is to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Keith Balmer: The Gentleman Scholar
"Welcome to the Hotel California Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place) Such a lovely face Plenty of room at the Hotel California Any time of year (Any time of year) You can find it here.” - The Eagles; Hotel California I was born in Emporia, Virginia and raised... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Keith Balmer: The Gentleman Scholar
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Mar 15, 2010