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The Novelist’s Predicament: Who’s Our Villain Now?

October 20, 2011


The deaths this year of two infamous characters—Osama bin Laden and Moammar Gadhafi—creates an increasingly severe predicament for novelists.  Since the Cold War Era, and even before, mystery and adventure writers have focused plot lines around the hero’s attempts to conquer the sly and outrageous villains conspiring to detonate an atomic bomb/hydrogen bomb/dirty bomb/anthrax bomb (pick […]

Let’s Start a Civil Bites Movement

October 12, 2011


In recent weeks we’ve witnessed the backlash—perhaps more appropriately stated, the whiplash—from the Tea Party Movement, this time in the form of the Occupy Wall Street Movement.  While positioned at the very tips of opposite poles in their political philosophies, the often ultra-conservative Tea Partiers and frequently radical Occupiers rant from the same frustration: things […]