Mill River Smoke
Shares essays and stories which have been kept well-grounded through many years as an old-fashioned newsman working in the largely blue-collar city of Fall River, Mass
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In an age in which a famous Hollywood actor can, without a twitch or twitter, or the slightest fear of being taken to task, remark to an interviewer that he was so eager to heroically portray a man commonly known, by those whose lives he touched in the most direct of manners, as “The Butcher of la Cabana”, because he had a “cool” name and a “cool” style of dress, it is easy to tire of the shallow sea of publicized, and then often repeatedly echoed opinions modern communications technology leaves us awash in. There are, however, still a few Marc Munroe Dions rowing about that sea. There’s no mistaking that he is, in large part, a writer of opinions, but fortunately for us they are his opinions; untouched by the Hollywood set, the “ivory tower” set of academia, or the pollsters which inform politicians of the season’s most fashionable stances. In Mill River Smoke he shares with us essays (opinions) and stories (laced with opinions), which have been kept well-grounded through many years as an old-fashioned newsman working in the largely blue-collar city of Fall River, Mass. covering crime, local politics, and “the stuff on page 3”. They’ve also benefited more than a little in terms of developing a healthy sense of dark humor and for some of life’s more film noire-style absurdities.
“A boy who is thrown upon his own guardianship and his own resources develops manliness and self-reliance sooner than at home.”
From The Young Adventurer
“Suddenly Andy made a spurt and forged ahead of Conrad. The young aristocrat could hardly believe his eyes when he saw Valentine’s boat, impelled by a competitor whom he had despised, take the leading place. He flushed with vexation and made a desperate effort to regain his lost position.”
From Andy Grant’s Pluck
“You must remember, my dear boy, that hard work is better than luck, and more to be relied upon. Don’t expect to make your fortune all at once by finding a big nugget, but work steadily, and you will meet with more or less success.”
From The Young Miner
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