WEB SITE FOR ROBERT S. GRIFFINThis site focuses on my writing since the late 1990s and what ties it together. It indicates where my books can be obtained and makes available much of my short writing.
I’ve authored five books and around seventy short pieces during this period—articles, essays, reviews, an afterword to a book, a published speech, and commentaries. In addition, this site contains one hundred twenty or so thoughts, as I call them, written especially for this site: whatever came to mind that pressed to be expressed in whatever form it happened to take, reflection, essay, reminiscence, or something else. I haven't felt the urge to comment on the events and personages of the day, so I don't consider the thoughts to be blogs.
My writings have been vehicles for an investigation of the whole of American society and culture and the way we conduct our individual lives. That has involved me in considerations related to history, philosophy, race, religion, the arts, the mass media, parenting, the process of growing up, gender, education, sports, and personal health and fulfillment. More fundamentally, my writing has been part of my personal quest to live out Nietzsche’s injunction to become what I am.
These last few years have brought home to me the importance of living with integrity and courage in the face of adversity. I’m reminded of what newsman Edward R. Murrow said in the 1950s on his television program “See It Now”: “We are not descended from fearful men, not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes that were for the moment unpopular.” I hope it can be said of me that I’m not a fearful man.
This site has three sections: