Monthly Archives: August 2016

The irresistable allure of the politically incorrect wisecrack

Sometimes I just can’t help myself; I just blurt out something politically incorrect. But in my defense, I have to point out that the straight lines served up to me sometimes make the snarky retort almost irresistible. Take the morning … Continue reading

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Gobsmacking the reader

Someone, in fact several people, have said that there are only a few basic plots in any story; boy meets girl, the quest, the hero’s journey, revenge, etc. So why do people read fiction? One reason is for the surprise; … Continue reading

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Haitian salvation

If you lived in HaitiĀ in the late 1930s, you might be excused from being concerned about the rest of the world; you had plenty of troubles of your own. The Americans had occupied the place since 1915 and had only … Continue reading

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How stereotypes get started

In our politically-correct world, we are constantly admonished against the use of stereotypes. Even positive stereotypes such as assuming a Jewish person is good with money or an Asian person is good with math are offensive, we are told. Why … Continue reading

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Where do you get your ideas?

Sooner or later, everyone who writes anything beyond a grocery list will be asked “Where do you get your ideas?” Since I write about history, I get most ideas from reading or finding something that makes me want to know … Continue reading

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