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Poe Ballantine

Poe Ballantine, author of Things I Like About America, just lost his job as a janitor when all the rural schools in his county were closed. A documentary about him entitled Poe Ballantine: A Writer in America should be available soon on Amazon.com, as should his true-crime book Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere. He lives in Chadron, Nebraska (on the howling plains of nowhere), with his wife and son.

Hope

for Xelena Gonzalez     The bus broke down in Hope, Arkansas, birthplace of Bill Clinton. I looked out the windows and thought: What an odd name for such a hopeless-looking place. Like Oakland without any oaks. Or Los Angeles without any…