Author Archives: Patrick de Freitas

About Patrick de Freitas

Recovering bilbiopole interested in way too many things so I often have difficulty keeping up with myself. Or perhaps I'm more scattered than I imagine.

Now is this future. This future is now.

It’s not too late to read this novel. But you nearly missed the moment. Act soon. You might be lucky enough to fall into The Probable Future on a warm spring day when the daffodils are just finishing, the tulips … Continue reading

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Wayne County Airport, Bruce Reed, and Detropia, a documentary that pissed me off

It used to be that if you went through Atlanta airport you stopped over in Newt Gingrich’s district, a fact that enabled him to claim some global sophistication. His district, Georgia’s 6th, has been fairly solid Republican for years, so … Continue reading

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MUERA YO

I was sitting by the little pool in the back garden paging through a new book, taking pleasure in the prospect, when I heard the old metal gate next door squeak open, as it has for years, squeaking then scraping … Continue reading

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How to define yourself

Tell me what you think about white bread and I’ll tell you who you are, what your aspirations are, and what your background probably is.  That’s how powerful an icon white bread is in the United States. Aaron Bobrow-Strain’s book, … Continue reading

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A sting. Or two. No, make that three. Or is it four?

It’s a leap to imagine that any reader of this blog is a truly shameless banker capitalist, content to make money without considering any social consequences, without giving a shit about those who might get hurt, without caring for anything … Continue reading

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Lesser Emblems, Six Years Later. (And just what the hell does that mean?)

Not much has changed in the six years since I wrote this except the cast of characters we call our politicians. This piece castigates George Bush but you could readily insert Barack Obama’s name without interrupting the seamless narrative. (I’m … Continue reading

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Easy murder

A detective thriller set in northern England, Yorkshire to be precise, tho’ you needn’t worry about accents defeating you. The lead-in is a perfectly appropriate quote from L.P. Hartley’s classic novel ‘The Go Between’ : “The past is a foreign … Continue reading

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Two books not to read

I don’t often abandon books. Or I don’t think I do, though, if I looked soberly and honestly at the 75 or so books stacked on our coffee table (yeah, it’s big & strong), I’d need to admit that I’ve … Continue reading

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Just like us, only smaller

Have you ever seen a swarm of bees in flight? If ever you’re lucky enough to see one, maybe sometime this spring, pay close attention. Really, really close attention. See the speed at which they move, with faster bees on … Continue reading

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Tomatoland — aargh!

I once spent a season picking tomatoes in California’s Central Valley. News flash: picking tomatoes – picking anything on a commercial scale – for days on end in the hot valley sun is not much fun. It’s also not good … Continue reading

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