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is a whiskey-drinking, floor-mopping, gourmet-cooking, wildly prolific writer with a
penchant for social commentary. He's also a wanderer, having logged
countless miles roaming from California to the Midwest to Mexico. He
currently lives and works in Chadron, Nebraska.
His work has previously appeared in The Atlantic Monthly Online, The Sun, Kenyon
Review, and The Coal City Review. In addition to garnering numerous Pushcart
and O’Henry nominations, Ballantine's work has been included in the 1998 Best
American Short Story and 2006 Best American Essay anthologies.
He is the author of Things I Like About America (Hawthorne Books) and
501 Minutes to Christ (Hawthorne Books), and
God Clobbers Us All.