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Calvin: My contribution to Forty-Four Stories about Our Forty-Four Presidents

My flash about Calvin Coolidge went live yesterday, thanks to Melville House, the host of an anthology of presidential flash curated/edited by Amber Sparks, Kevin Murphy, and Brian Carr. Coolidge was a tough assignment at first, but then I discovered that his “Silent Cal” legend hid the fact that he was suffering from serious depression, perhaps triggered by the sudden death of his favorite son. Most of the details and quotes in my story are derived from factual accounts, but arranged to suit my tastes of course. Now that we are in the home stretch of these stories, I wonder if anyone will come across them and be confused by their contents.

The crows are entirely my invention, though.

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Melville House Presents

I’m pleased to announce the serialization of an anthology put together by Amber Sparks and Kevin Murphy: Their Peculiar Ambitions: Fourty-Four Stories about Our Fourty-Four Presidents.

That’s right–44 presidents by 44 writers, ¬†and one of them is me (writer not president). I won’t tell which Prez I got just yet, but Steve Himmer scored Washington, and I do know who wrote about Obama. I know a few others, too.

Each Tuesday running up through the election Melville House will publish a new group of Presidents. My advice is that you  treat each installment like a news report, as if it were coming from Chuck Todd or Shepard Smith.

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