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Stephen King Gets IT Right


The new film version of Stephen King's novel It captivates viewers with adorable children and horrible apparitions, but the real demons that torment kids are clearly identified, despite the cryptic title.

Washing the Blood Off My Hands


I've had blood on my hands twice in 24 hours. I was dining last night with author Rick Skwiot in a Brazilian churrascaria when the first blood spilled.

Curvaceous Rides and Straight Razors


We weave and whirl amidst shaggy green mountains. Fern-draped springs cascade on the left and bottomless cliffs drop off on the right.

Exploring a Jungle Devoid of Wild Animals


Nothing smells as fresh and fertile as cool rain in the jungle - except for my woman, but we are not discussing her right now.

A Declaration of Liberating Dependence


Since no man is an island entire of itself, the July 4th American Declaration of Independence cannot have been absolute, but rather declared a certain type of independence that people must understand correctly to ever celebrate correctly.

Maybe America Should Just Divorce


California and New York (or Sodom and Gomorrah as they're called by their Christian names) are a different world from middle America, and it may be time for the barely united states to divorce over irreconcilable differences.

Next Book: Primeval Woods & Primordial Stones


A crocodile thrashes beneath me. The squawking and dripping of the rainforest where Mel Gibson filmed Apocalypto and Sean Connery filmed Medicine Man surround three sides of my cozy wood cabin that overhangs a lily-choked shore and overlooks a mist-shrouded isle broadcasting monkey chatter across the glassy lake.

Eastern and Western Genital Mutilators


Deep within a cave on a remote mountain sits a bushy-bearded Asian jihadist who shares the outlook of a bushy-underarmed American feminist ensconced within the safe space of a modern university.

How to Construct a Contented Life


My smug happiness annoys some people. That's fair. Their neurotic misery sometimes annoys me. Newsflash: I'm not going to give up my inappropriately bubbly bliss to make whiners more comfortable.

Rattlesnake Musings and Manta Ray Moments


After I bent over and lifted a dusty rock, a fat coiled rattlesnake glared and hissed within easy striking distance of my face.

Kong Is Still The King


Kong: Skull Island allows cinema chair travelers to escape the urban jungle for that more authentic kind.

I Officially Declare Myself A Woman


In my long and masculine life, I never considered identifying as a woman - until now. Yet, I'm sure of my decision.

Don't Cover Up Marine Le Pen


A Muslim leader refuses to meet with French politico Marine Le Pen unless she wears a headscarf. A Mormon friend of mine won't dine with people who order beer.

Hollywood's Great Wall and Great Gall


Matt Damon's latest film offers both epic ambition and epic hypocrisy. This movie seeks global profit by teasing the Asian market with local lore (China's wall) and an American audience with local controversy (Trump's wall).

Illegal Migration Is NOT Compassion


Lovely eight-year-old Neftaly had no idea she’d been delivered into the hands of her rapist by what American politicians call a more compassionate immigration policy.

Back When I Was Homeless


Life at the mobile home park: not bad for a starter homeBelieve it or not, Lyn's fondest life memories include a very brief homeless stint.

Write Beyond Sensitivity Police Jurisdiction


North Americans often assert they want to learn from other cultures, but travel writing is still expected to fit into the politically correct box of ideas that don’t shock sensibilities.

The Snowden Job of Oliver Stoned


When you call someone an America-loathing communist, it's usually a hyperbolic insult, but with director Oliver Stone, it's literally his official job description.

Mother Superior Inspires Author Superior


When I wrote about my mother's death, I never expected the story to be chosen as one of the best nonfiction works of the last twenty years.

Last Call For Resident Author Applications


Thanks to all who have submitted resumes for the writer-in-residence jobs we announced two posts back.


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