Too often, we see racism and scapegoating in times of disaster. Let’s instead embrace our shared humanity and build a more compassionate world.

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My college-aged daughter, who is Asian, was subjected to a “joke” at work the other day (this was after the outbreak of COVID-19, but before things got really locked down). “This girl just contaminated me!” a white woman called out to her friends as she frantically pumped hand sanitizer on herself. My daughter is in Canada, sealed off from me by a closed border. I worry for her, just as everyone worries for their friends and family right now. Will she get enough to eat? Will she have access to medical care if she needs it? …


The 17 Resentment Court Release Extravaganza is now available for your viewing pleasure, with excerpts from the novel and a few stories from 61 Stories. Featuring actors Christine Longé and Carter Rodriguez, and multi-instrumentalist Sari Breznau.


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Cover by Marie Bouassi.

Read Chapter One here and chapter two here.

17 Resentment Court, David Stoesz’s new crime novel, zips and zings through the alleys, restaurants, and corporate offices of the rainy Northwest metropolis of Plankton — with a few murders along the way. Per a canine compact between the Shocker’s Blue Dog and Mouse House Books’ CEO Mosley, the Shocker Review will be serially publishing the first three chapters. Longtime editor and former Elliott Bay Books bookseller Diane Sepanski calls 17 Resentment Court “a dementedly funny noir.” Mosley calls it “a tremendous achievement, a feather in my fur.” You can buy it…


Four strategies to reverse the damage of digital overload.

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There’s a good reason we find social media so compelling. We’re social beings. We evolved to be alert to information about the group and our status in it. Knowing how to navigate social information was a matter of survival, according to British anthropologist Robin Dunbar. Allying yourself with the wrong faction could mean losing access to food and other resources. What we now see as gossip was a matter of life and death in early human history.

Fast forward to the present. Our exquisitely sensitive human brains are overwhelmed. Just as the glut of of once-scarce animal protein has given…


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Cover by Marie Bouassi.

Read Chapter One here.

17 Resentment Court, David Stoesz’s new crime novel, zips and zings through the alleys, restaurants, and corporate offices of the rainy Northwest metropolis of Plankton — with a few murders along the way. Per a canine compact between the Shocker’s Blue Dog and Mouse House Books’ CEO Mosley, the Shocker Review will be serially publishing the first three chapters. Longtime editor and former Elliott Bay Books bookseller Diane Sepanski calls 17 Resentment Court “a dementedly funny noir.” Mosley calls it “a tremendous achievement, a feather in my fur.” You can buy it in paper or ebook


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Cover by Marie Bouassi.

17 Resentment Court, David Stoesz’s new crime novel, zips and zings through the alleys, restaurants, and corporate offices of the rainy Northwest metropolis of Plankton — with a few murders along the way. Per a canine compact between the Shocker’s Blue Dog and Mouse House Books’ CEO Mosley, the Shocker Review will be serially publishing the first three chapters. Longtime editor and former Elliott Bay Books bookseller Diane Sepanski calls 17 Resentment Court “a dementedly funny noir.” Mosley calls it “a tremendous achievement, a feather in my fur.” You can buy it in paper or ebook. Enjoy!.

1. In a pagoda gazebo

I came to…

David W. Stoesz

Author of “17 Resentment Court” and “A Sensitive Liberal’s Guide to Life.” https://www.davidwstoesz.com/

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