A. M. Palmer, Literary Nonfiction
Engaging Narratives, New Ideas

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May
05
Upcoming Projects

Upcoming Projects

I am currently gathering material for my third book, which will examine aspects of midcentury American life, the decline of
May
05
The Botanical Building of Balboa Park: Reflections

The Botanical Building of Balboa Park: Reflections

On Thursdays, the building would remain closed to the throngs of visitors who, on other days of the week, would
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Apr
18
On the Writing Life

On the Writing Life

I recently had a wonderful conversation with Patrick Greenwood, discussing my book and our outlook on the craft of writing.
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Apr
07
April Snow in Utah

April Snow in Utah

First, there were the many banners, undulating from windows high above as black sedans, the proud vehicles of state, drove
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Mar
17
The Sound of Grace: Erik Satie and Gymnopédie No. 1

The Sound of Grace: Erik Satie and Gymnopédie No. 1

Perhaps you feel as I do about Gymnopédie No. 1, regarding it as a melody of the mind possessed of
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Feb
28
To Capture Perception: On the Experience of Immersive Studies

To Capture Perception: On the Experience of Immersive Studies

Teach your writing students to feel the visceral aspects of life, to trace their subjects with powerful word images, and
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Feb
21
Tracing the Image of Eve: A Homeless Woman in San Diego

Tracing the Image of Eve: A Homeless Woman in San Diego

The Voice of Leaves On a very strange occasion, a woman screamed with considerable power, her voice tearing through the
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Feb
08
Updates

Updates

Greetings and many thanks to you for sharing your coffee time with me, enjoying the latest essays and collages. I
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Feb
07
An Occasional Absence: On the Poignance of Photographs

An Occasional Absence: On the Poignance of Photographs

As a stationary expression of time, a photograph suggests the arrival of memories, not necessarily of the prosaic kind but
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Jan
25
A Cardinal in the Superstitions: Reflections on Nature and History

A Cardinal in the Superstitions: Reflections on Nature and History

I had never before seen the crested head of the Cardinal in its glory—at least, not in person. Though
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