These short memoirs, some of them excerpts from the books World without Pain: The Story of a Search and Writing as a Metaphysical Experience are available as individual electronic downloads.
Full length memoirs can be found on the Available Books page.
You can find them in Kindle format (which also works on Apple and other reading devices) on my Amazon author’s page here.
You can find them in other formats such as EPub, PDF, and so on at Smashwords here.
The Ongoing Relevance of the Sixties and Seventies and Other Essays and Memoirs
Essays and memoirs on the sixties and seventies, rock music, writing, literature, travel, science fiction, and other topics. Includes: “The Ongoing Relevance of the Sixties and Seventies,” “A Tales of Two Jackets,” “Reflections on The Who’s Performance of Quadrophenia in San Diego, February 5th 2013,” “Loneliness Versus Solitude,” “Standing Up to Intimidation,” “On Attending ConDor 2013, San Diego’s Yearly Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention.”
Do You Fear Death? and Other Memoirs
Memoirs on life, death, old age, family, travel, writing, and other topics. Includes: “Do You Fear Death?,” “New York in the Summer,” “It’s Been a Long, Strange Trip,” “Where You’re Meant to Be,” “The Cold,” “Getting Old: A Journal; Part One: Scary Stuff,” “Getting Old: A Journal; Part Two: Good Stuff.”
Getting Out There and Other Essays on Writing
Inspiration and insight for writers. Includes: “Getting Out There,” “Staying Put,” “Step By Step,” “Endings,” “On Exercise,” “Reality Check,” “The New Hack Writers,” and “The Lepers of Literature.”
My Emancipation Proclamation and Other Essays on Writing
Inspiration and insight for writers. Includes: “My Emancipation Proclamation,” “Freedom,” “Paper Dragons,” “The Elusive Pursuit of Literary Fame and Fortune,” “The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Writer,” “One True Reader,” “The Tortoise Manifesto,” “What it’s Like to Self-Publish.”
Basketball can be much more important than simple recreation, as evinced in this autobiographical essay. It can give you stability, depth, creativity, and peace of mind.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Sadhu
This is an excerpt from the memoir World Without Pain: The Story of a Search. In the 1970s, as a young writer hungering for experience, Walters journeyed from Sri Lanka through India and into the Himalayas in Nepal. He encountered many young people who, instead of finding the answers they sought, were shattered by the realities of the East. Finally, near-penniless and alone, high in the mountains, he was confronted with a life-changing choice.
The Lost Poem
This is an excerpt from the memoir World Without Pain: The Story of a Search. In the 1970s, while hitchhiking through southeastern Iran on his way to India, another traveler stole Walters’ passport. Forced to return to Tehran, totally broke, he begged on the streets for weeks while trying to obtain a new one. The lost poem arose from his despair.