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  • While a closet schizophrenic [my definition of anyone who needs more than one name, unless they happen to be Clark Kent, Peter Parker, or Bruce Wayne], Jonathan/Robert is a very interesting character. His stories on Cowbird tend to cover a wide range of material and interests, much the same as his life, if his Autobiography is accurate. While my recollections are also eclectic, our perspectives are certainly worlds apart.

    I'm not sure if Jonathan/Robert has aspirations of being a children's author, but some of his stories certainly lean toward that audience. His stories about his own life are sometimes sad, sometimes poignant, but certainly revealing with a refreshing honesty that is rare in anyone's work. Most of the stories that do not fall into one of those categories are snippets of humor, either direct or tongue in cheek. In contrast, the bulk of my writings are poetry, either of my own or of the Bible.

    Jonathan/Robert's true strength in writing is his candor. If I had to compare him to any other author on Cowbird, it would have to be the recently disconnected “Rain”. Both have faced challenges in their lives and both have found ways to overcome them. Both have come to grips with themselves without illusions. I do believe both could have easily been in Hemingway's circle of friends.

    Click to see how part of Robert is Shumaila.

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