Author Archives: Kit Troyer

About Kit Troyer

Kit Troyer lives in Los Angeles. He worked previously as a newspaper reporter and a criminal defense attorney. For the last 15 years, he has been a stay-at-home dad. But that gig is running out. Kids will soon be moving out and moving on.

A VERY GOOD DOG

People ask me all the time, ‘Is your dog friendly?’ My dog is a lot of things — old, lazy, mostly blind and deaf, senile. Friendly? Sure, if you lie down next to him and pet him for 45 minutes. … Continue reading

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MINI BOOK REVIEWS

One silver lining of lockdown was that I started reading books again. Below are short reviews of a somewhat random collection, in case you’re looking for something to pick up. THE OVERSTORYThis 2018 novel by Richard Powers follows a handful … Continue reading

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PUT RESPECT ON HER NAME

Much has been written about The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix, and with good reason. It’s an excellent show. For me, one notable feature was the stories it chose not to tell. I’m so accustomed to certain plot lines. Each time … Continue reading

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THE CARETAKER PRESIDENT

Oh, Joe. Has there ever been a presidential nominee simultaneously so unimpressive and so desperately needed? I think of you as the Caretaker President, both because our country needs a caretaker and because sometimes it seems like you do, too. … Continue reading

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LANTERNS ON THE LEVEE

Students of American literature are well aware of novelist Walker Percy, who wrote The Moviegoer and The Last Gentleman, among other books. Less well known is his cousin, William Alexander Percy, a lawyer who wrote a remarkable memoir about growing … Continue reading

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FIRST DO NO HARM

The influence of Gandhi on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is well known. But Gandhi himself owed a debt to the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, who had written on the same topic of nonviolence. And Tolstoy, in turn, learned from … Continue reading

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ONLY I CAN PROTECT YOU FROM (INSERT HERE)

It’s hard to keep up with the changing scare tactics. Four years ago it was illegal immigrants and Muslims who were threatening our very existence. Today it’s antifa, BLM protesters, and looters. Anything to distract from COVID and unemployment, I … Continue reading

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“I WORK IN A FUCKING BEAD SHOP”

I have always liked one particular type of moment. I would describe it as a moment which is: unexpected; either funny or disturbing (or both); and deeply revealing of an absurd state of affairs or a background reality which is … Continue reading

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ONE HELL OF A READER

After years of deteriorating vision, my mother finally reached the point last week where she can no longer read. I can think of no one else who will miss reading as much. Whether Scandinavian detective novels or Téa Obreht’s Inland … Continue reading

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WE ARE STARDUST

I was listening to the old Joni Mitchell song “Woodstock” the other day. The mood is somber and hypnotic. Her performance is flawless. One one level, the song is about the famous Woodstock music festival in 1969, which Mitchell was … Continue reading

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