Dispatch from the Razor's Edge, the Blog of Michael Stephen Fuchs
2002.07.04 : Independence Day
"'Nous autre Americains, we Americans,' he said, 'like change. It is at once our weakness and our strength.'"
        - from W. Somerset Maugham's The Razor's Edge

    Going through the process of radically thinning out the contents of the ole domocile, you start to realize the magnitude of all the things you keep simply because you have them. It's staggering. Even/especially for a guy in a tiny one-bedroom apartment. I realize so many of these objects have shadowed me because I've moved straight from one apartment to another, non-stop, since 1990. Yeah, you tend to slough off a bit each time. But, for the most part, virtually anything that might one day be remotely useful just gets thrown in the truck, then pushed to the back of a new closet.

When there's a bit of open air between you and the next place of dwelling, however, you start to look at these multifold bits of matter through a totally new lens: Do I need to take it with me now? Will it really be indispensible when I set up shop later? Does it represent some cloying sentimental attachment that I'd be better off, emotionally, without? Does it have enough value that the pawnshop will give me something for it? Is it even recycleable?

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Fuchs is the author of the novels The Manuscript and Pandora's Sisters, both published worldwide by Macmillan in hardback, paperback and all e-book formats (and in translation); the D-Boys series of high-tech, high-concept, spec-ops military adventure novels – D-Boys, Counter-Assault, and Close Quarters Battle (coming in 2016); and is co-author, with Glynn James, of the bestselling Arisen series of special-operations military ZA novels. The second nicest thing anyone has ever said about his work was: "Fuchs seems to operate on the narrative principle of 'when in doubt put in a firefight'." (Kirkus Reviews, more here.)

Fuchs was born in New York; schooled in Virginia (UVa); and later emigrated to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lived through the dot-com boom. Subsequently he decamped for an extended period of tramping before finally rocking up in London, where he now makes his home. He does a lot of travel blogging, most recently of some very  long  walks around the British Isles. He's been writing and developing for the web since 1994 and shows no particularly hopeful signs of stopping.

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