About Scott Barr

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Scott Barr

Trying to Avoid the Usual Tragedy of an American Male with a Writing Habit

Scott broke a few bones in his back while diving off a cliff in Mexico a while back, and prefers to write standing up.  There are times when he makes himself comfortable enough to write sitting down, but he doesn’t recommend any such methods.  Scott insists that he was born uncomfortable, so why worry about such matters now.  Besides, Ernest Hemingway wrote standing up, and look where it got him.  But, as every One who is any One knows, the Hem was born a little girl and wore dresses…which will turn any One into a raving Macho, as they call them south of the U.S. of A..  Don’t believe me…here’s some visual proof, and you know it’s got to be true – after all, it’s on the internet.

Photograph of Ernest Hemingway as a baby.

Photograph of Ernest Hemingway as a baby. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Imagine the great Hem’s discomfort if he ever knew this picture would be released into cyber-space for the world to view.  In the end it means near nothing though, since Scott has never worn a dress, as of yet, and has refused to Hem-ify himself to any extent other than smashing automobiles into various objects, such as:

A. – A liquor store

B. – A portable outhouse (he insists a friend said it was “…all clear..”)

C. – A couple of parked cars, the number never verified

D. – A moving car…he tries to avoid these more dangerous collisions

E. – A boat (legend has it the boat being transported on a trailer)

Any Way…the Hem had his problems also, as the unfortunate passenger on two airplanes when they suddenly obeyed the insistent laws of gravity and fell to the ground.  The first was in Africa, where the Hem was on safari.  The second was also in Africa, being the airplane he took the next day to seek medical care for injuries resulting from the initial crash.  Over these two days the Hem received spinal damage, two concussions, and several broken bones – including his skull.

Scott says he flies more than he likes, and does not like to think about the Hem’s aerial mishaps, cliffs in Mexico, or the laws of gravitation.

Then, there’s this unreasonable fear of success – something he attributes to the Hem and nearly every other American male literary figure who has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature…and a sad and sobering record it is.

1930Sinclair Lewis becomes the U.S. of A.’s first Nobel Prize winner for literature, despite consuming alcohol in unfathomable quantities.  When admitted to a mental hospital and informed he had to decide, “whether he was going to live without alcohol or die by it, one or the other,” he checked himself out.  Lewis’s death was attributed to a heart attack brought on by the effects of severe alcoholism.

1936Eugene O’Neill, born in a hotel room to an actor/drug addict mother, lived a life of severe depression and alcoholism.  He was rewarded handsomely for his stage tragedies, and punished harshly for his tragic life.  He eventually returned to a hotel room, awaiting a death that didn’t have a hard time finding him.  His final words concerning being born and dying in a hotel room got him into the Final Words Hall of Fame.

1949William Faulkner, drank alcohol in unfathomable quantities until he toppled off a horse in 1959, dying five years later, a resident in a sanitorium in Byhalia, Mississippi.

1954Ernest Hemingway, drank alcohol in unfathomable quantities, and after his two aerial lessons in gravitational force he was burned horribly in a fire, became so paranoid that he was being watched by the F.B.I. that he often refused to leave bed for days, and was administered electroconvulsive therapy at least fifteen times.  Depressed beyond diagnosis, in constant pain, and horrified by memory loss he blamed on his “therapy,”  he used the business end of a shotgun on himself.

1962John Steinbeck, openly sympathetic to worker’s rights movements, welcoming to Communists, and critical of capitalism,  Steinbeck was also harassed by J. Edgar Hoover’s F.B.I., receiving an  I.R.S. audit every year.  He passed in and out of depressive states

1976Saul Bellow, is the anomaly here.  Bellow almost died as a child from a double dose of peritonitis and pneumonia, as an adult from an incident with a crocodile in Egypt, and a poisonous Red Snapper that left him in a coma for two weeks as an elderly man.  Despite his occupation he somehow avoided the drugs, alcohol, depression, and ignominious deaths that have taken so many of his peers.  There’s got to be one in every bunch that ruins a good story with some obvious fact.  Thanks, Bellow.

(Men of letters with a slash in their ethnic backgrounds…such as Czeslaw Milosz and Issac Bashevis Singer, both Polish/American, as well as T. S. Eliot, British/American have been spared.  Poets were not considered, or this list of misery would have gone on forever).

Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.

                                                 – T.S. Eliot

65 thoughts on “About Scott Barr

    • coyotero2112 says:

      I’ve had to fill out so many dry bios for writing or teaching jobs, and I always seem to fail miserably…so I’ve settled for having some fun and trying to be interesting. It works for me. Thanks for the wonderful comment.

  1. The last time I encountered someone with his tongue so firmly in his cheek, he was having it extracted. (I’ve witnessed many a weird thing.) In your case, when the results are so entertaining, I’d beg that you leave it where it is. Ah, or at least in your mouth.

    Meditations on sundry worthy parts aside, I’m very glad indeed to have stumbled across your blog, and I’m certain I’ll continue to enjoy it as you add to it.

    • coyotero2112 says:

      Thanks so much. My speech patterns are a mess because of this tongue thing.. so sometimes I do a serious post or two just to adjust the jaw. Always great to stumble across new sites…going to stumble across yours today, third world internet service willing.

  2. Scott,

    With joy, I have nominated you for Very Inspiring Blogger Award. The rules are simple:

    1) Display the logo on your blog (it can be found on my blog).
    2) Link back to the person who nominated you.
    3) Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award and link back to them.
    4) Notify bloggers of the nomination and award requirements.

    Thank you for your most enjoyable reads.

    • coyotero2112 says:

      Thanks so much. Simply having people like yourself nominate me for such awards is a reward in inteself. All the best, Sir.

      • barbrowe says:

        Hello Scott, I wanted to personally thank you for liking my blog. I am new at this, but I know it is necessary, if you are a Published Author. I didn’t realize when I started, I would meet some great people, all over the world. You take Care of yourself and God Bless, Barb

        • coyotero2112 says:

          Such high praise – setting the bar high for me. Yes, very odd this world of internetz. All my Published Author friends who started back in the days of traditional publishing agree…brave new world. Again, thanks…and You take care of yourself and we’ll call it good.

  3. I was looking for a way to link you into friends of The Red Man and just read this. I didn’t even know your name. i love your blogs, too. i believe you are wicked smart.

  4. Marny Copal says:

    Hi. I enjoy your blog, and I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award. No obligation. 🙂 http://marnycopal.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/good-day-sunshine/

  5. AnElephantCant help thinking
    This is some crazy stuff you have created
    You may be slightly mad
    But please don’t be sad
    AnElephant thinks sanity is vastly overrated

  6. monosolo says:

    You seem like an interesting man. I would like to seem like something.

  7. Thank You also for ‘Following’ my Blog, MUCH Appreciated.

  8. Hi Scott, It’s good to meet you.

    • coyotero2112 says:

      Thanks. Trying to remember what I said. The older I get the harder I find it to stand behind the weirdness I write. I’m going to have to go have a look-see now.

  9. kingdom777 says:

    Hi Scott, Thanks for following “The Kingdom”, I am honoured. You’ve got an interesting blog. You dived off a cliff, wow. Is the Philosopher Red your alter ego? Cheers 🙂

    • coyotero2112 says:

      He would say I’m his alter ego. He’s hard to argue with, so I’ll just leave it alone. Advise diving…also advise not missing the pool. The Kingdom sounds so regal, how could I not follow in train.

  10. Thanks for stopping by my little blog and following! I’ve returned the favour and thus far have been amazed at what I’ve read. I’ll be reading you… Cheers mate!!

  11. Jessica says:

    Cool facts about those authors. And writing standing up is pretty cool. I could do it. But then I’d get tired. And I’d sit down. Also, I really like your tagline. 🙂

    • coyotero2112 says:

      Writing standing up by choice is pretty cool…by necessity…a challenge. Thanks for reading. Odd how all those judged the best were so drug down by their talents…and not even getting into F. Scott and Zelda and Tennessee Williams – choking to death on a pill bottle cap while drinking and drugging. Weird World.

  12. Word Wabbit says:

    I just want to let you know that I nominated you for the VERY INSPIRING BLOGGER AWARD because your blog inspires others. Accepting the award is optional. Check out the details at http://wordwabbit.wordpress.com/2013/03/17/very-inspiring-blogger-award/

  13. cindy knoke says:

    This is odd. I wrote a review about Ernest (under book reviews). It was an out or print book that was hard to get Which examined his psychology and his gender-bending proclivites. I never tell people to read my posts since I think it is rude…but I’ve just done it again with you because we’ve posted on such similar topics. I actually read a shit-pot of books on old Ernie and listed them in the post…all examining his strange mother who dressed him as a girl until age 6 or so, his cross-dressing son who was a transvestite as well and was arrested for walking naked down a busy street in Florida, died in jail, and his relatively normal grandson who wrote, “Strange Tribe,” about the family. Check out the books. You may have no idea how right on you were with this post…..

    • coyotero2112 says:

      It’s not odd…I’ve come across a few writers here who just seem to share threads of interest…you and I seem to have a few of those. As far as suggesting past post…yes, with some people it’s just prospecting…with others it’s sincere interest in said threads. I don’t make a habit of it, then people don’t do it to me. Going to check out “Strange Tribe” for sure.

  14. ajaytao2010 says:

    thanks for visiting my blog
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  15. Word Wabbit says:

    Hi Scott!

    I recently read an opinion that the great writers weren’t alcoholics because they were writers. Instead, they were alcoholics because they were writers who weren’t writing.

    I thought that was an interesting idea. It made me think: hmm, what am I doing instead of writing. 🙂

    Of course that doesn’t address the problem with poets.

    I’m enjoying your pages. Thanks for visiting mine.


  16. My Friend, Hello. You know, I’m thinking even though there’s been bumps bruises wounds blood pain offenses hurt suffering and sheer venomous malice through life’s path, in the end, it might still make it to “Worth It”. Cheers.

  17. Word Wabbit says:

    I read something I thought was interesting yesterday. It went something like this: Alcoholic writers aren’t alcoholics because they are writers. The are alcoholics because they are writers who are not writing. I thought: Hmmm, I better start writing. 😉

    • coyotero2112 says:

      🙂 Alcoholics with a writing problem. It’s become a popular topic…writers and depression, whether they are seperable…and the substance addiction that comes with that package. Why not start writing…it can only help – or be used to justify – such behaviors

  18. Vikas Yadav says:

    What a nice introduction…i liked it.

  19. Yahobahne says:

    Your passage reads like a modern day Scott living out a reincarnated lifestyle which bodes ill fortunes in your life. Are they marks of being a genius as in Hemifying feats or something else? I don’t know whether to laugh, be awed or be saddened. Nevertheless, thank you for sharing your interesting writings.

    • coyotero2112 says:

      Oooooh, an invitation to analyze myself…can’t do. Too busy planning my next words. Laugh with me, nothing to be in awe of, and surely don’t be saddened. Like Hunter Thompson used to say, “Buy the ticket, take the ride.” I bought a handful of tickets…and I’m taking the rides.

      • Anonymous says:

        Analytical I am, it’s a habit and a part of my personality. I certainly don’t want to spoil anything—your “next words.” The ticket is free, therefore I’ll join in with you in laughter. I need a break! AHA! Take care!

      • I try to not to be overwhelmed by the knowledge and vastness of your words. But, everytime I come across the writings, I am left with no option except to be held in awe without extravagant exaggeration.

  20. Cafe says:

    Hahaha, omigod this made me laugh!

    I love this too: Trying to Avoid the Usual Tragedy of an American Male with a Writing Habit … do you mind if I use it as a short description of your blog on my reader’s page (http://yourdailydoseblog.com/2012/10/11/a-page-dedicated-to-my-readers-your-blogs-please-help-me-finish-it-by-describing-your-blog-in-10-words-or-less/)? Sorry, I can’t remember if I asked you for a description already! My memory cells are dying rapidly. Thanks, Scott! 🙂

    – Janice

  21. Teeny Bikini says:

    Great intro, Scott. Cheers.

  22. Rob Moses says:

    Sounds like you have had a few bumpy rides! haha. Hope the back is treating you alright 😉

  23. coyotero2112 says:

    So that’s what piles are/were. You DO know everything…except, what about a flight of stairs…it that one set of stairs, or a set of stairs/landing/next set of stairs? I still want to know.

  24. Neal Chandler says:

    Goethe wrote Faust–and all of his later work–standing up. No cliff diving, no plane crashes. Alcohol, if not women in moderation. It doesn’t seem to be part of the public record, by I suspect hemorhoids.He died old and venerated. Piles and romantic rejection in his eighties by the eighteen year old Ulrike von Gulzenow seem to have been his “bitter” price.

  25. Marlys Price says:

    Very interesting read.

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