American Tabloid*

In one quick blow The AP updates James Ellroy’s 1950’s noir as contemporary political sleaze. National Enquirer hid damaging Trump stories in a safe WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Enquirer kept a safe containing documents on hush money payments and other damaging stories it killed as part of its cozy relationship with Donald Trump... Tabloid … Continue reading American Tabloid*

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The Literary Excellence, III

My nominations for The Stephen T. Colbert Award for The Literary Excellence continue. Boy, this effort is really lifting my mood! In Preston Lang's The Sin Tax a female baddy flashes her gun at a male ex-con baddy: "You have to jump through a lot of hoops to get a carry permit in New York. It’s insane. But once … Continue reading The Literary Excellence, III

The Literary Excellence

Seriously, wake up America. These are the times you live in now. "Heroes, by buying and reading this book, you've proven you get it--and are therefore now members of the nominating committee for The Stephen T. Colbert Award for The Literary Excellence." Use the medallions below to nominate any book that you feel embodies the values of … Continue reading The Literary Excellence

Debate Predictions

With an hour til tip-off, here's how my money rides. The number of times Trump does the following ten things: Sniffs the mic: 120+ Makes a tiny circle with his thumb and forefinger: 30+ References rigged elections: 20+ Notes Hillary's lies: 15+ Notes Hillary's corruption: 15+ Says "Crooked Hillary": 12+ Lauds his business smarts: 12+ … Continue reading Debate Predictions

Absentee Ballot

Here I sit, brokenhearted Came to vote but only farted.* How the air is thickening! Oh, the stink is sickening! I have to choose between these two? I'm on the throne just let me poo! I'll never again vote absentee While squatting here, in luxury. Don's soft wipe will be mine soon That hair of his … Continue reading Absentee Ballot

Writing is physical

...and sometimes writing's purely physical, like when you're in the middle of editing copy in Word from a comfortable, seated position and you find yourself needing to hand-write a note, but that's got to be done in the specific place where you organize all the notes pertaining to the next draft you have planned, but you realize you've left … Continue reading Writing is physical

Wiggle Room and Windmills for the Democrats

Having re-cast the 2016 Republican presidential contenders as their literary counterparts, I'm taking a look at the Democrats. Hillary Let's keep gender out of this. Gender---like all demographic attributes---neither qualifies nor disqualifies a candidate for my vote. It would be just as sexist to vote for HRC because she is a woman as it would be not to vote for her because is … Continue reading Wiggle Room and Windmills for the Democrats

A Confederacy of (Political) Dunces

I enjoy politics. And I enjoy books. So I've put the two together and re-cast the 2016 presidential contenders as their literary counterparts. Today, the Republicans. Jeb Before the weekend I had  Bush playing Ignatius J. Reilly. His shuffling campaign had all the promise of a college-educated person pushing a hot dog cart around the Big Easy. … Continue reading A Confederacy of (Political) Dunces

Cheney: still wrong after all these years

Former veep, elegantly cloaked in fiction Crediting Dick Cheney for his rebuke of Donald Trump's bigotry gets no traction with me. Sorry Dick: you can’t make up for decades of reckless decisions and bad policy based on one easy moment of obvious decency. You’re still a modern architect of the very party now on the verge of nominating a racist … Continue reading Cheney: still wrong after all these years