John’s Newsletter

John M. Glionna
Observations Far Afield
Created 26 Jul 2020
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  • Self Drawn Man
    05 Sep 2021 • 10 min read
    One night not long ago, artist Jack Malotte was awakened by the sound of a woman’s laughter. At age 67, the Native American elder has for decades inhabited a remote reservation redoubt amid central Ne...
  • Reservation Dogs
    03 Sep 2021 • 7 min read
    The roosters are still crowing as Lorraine fires up yellow school bus No. 113, ready for yet another semester of making her reservation rounds, picking up kids, keeping an eye out for the stray animal...
  • Another Round at the Say When
    31 Aug 2021 • 6 min read
    A journalist moves to a small town to learn about who lives there and find out why its high school football team never wins. One in a series. The freshman football player named James is always the fir...
  • Another Round at the Say When
    27 Aug 2021 • 6 min read
    A writer moves to a small Western town to figure out its inhabitants and learn why its high school football team never wins. One in a series. This is the story of Crazy Frank, yesterday’s bulldog. He’...
  • Another Round at the Say When
    23 Aug 2021 • 6 min read
    A journalist moves to a small western town to write about life and a high school football team that never wins. One in a series All night and into the morning, I hear the rumble of passing traffic alo...
  • Another Round at the Say When
    20 Aug 2021 • 5 min read
    What happens when a big-city writer moves to a tiny Western town, renting a house without wifi and with sketchy cellular service, to learn more about why people live there and why the high school foot...
  • A Fixer-Upper by the Sea
    16 Aug 2021 • 6 min read
    I spotted the for-sale listing on the Internet, a temptress of a house with fairy-tale ocean views in a far-away Oregon beach town I knew absolutely nothing about. And for a price — just over $1 milli...
  • No Longer Sideways
    14 Aug 2021 • 6 min read
    We were sitting at an outdoor wooden table, along a rural road called Limerick Lane, sampling various vintages deep inside the bountiful heart of California wine country. The Sonoma County afternoon w...
  • Free Michael Spavor
    11 Aug 2021 • 4 min read
    In a dark way, we all expected the news. And yet when it came, it still made his friends and family flinch, and shake our heads at the calculated evil of the international gamesmanship waged by the Ch...
  • Bleeding Dodger Blue
    04 Aug 2021 • 4 min read
    The other day, I sat in the exam chair at my eye doctor’s office in San Francisco. I like my optician, Herbert Wong. He’s whip-smart and chatty and we always break shit down during my annual visits, e...
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