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The best piece of writing advice I have ever given

I’ve been threatening to write this story for 12 years… Sundance Shenanigans: The Best Piece of Writing Advice I have Ever Given

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It has happened before…

It has happened before: “At the peremptory request and desire of a large majority of the citizens of these United States, I, Joshua Norton… declare and proclaim myself Emperor of these United States…” Continue reading

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I propose a new word: Apocalyst

Apocalyst. Definition: (n) The Thanksgiving shopping list.

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Weapon of Mass Instruction

A 1979 Ford Falcon converted into a tank armed with 900 free books. Continue reading

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I’d like to propose a new word…

Apocalist. Def.: The Thanksgiving shopping list. Continue reading

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Best Halloween costume ever, by my 13-year old son, Ryan

When my 13-year old son and I watched the  trailer for the movie Fury some weeks ago, he exclaimed, “It would be so awesome to go to Halloween dressed as a tank!” I said, “You know, you could probably make that happen…” … Continue reading

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Fascinating TNY article about the capture of the world’s most notorious drug lord

Capturing the chief of the Sinaloa drug cartel Continue reading

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One of the most interesting people in baseball

Farhan Zaidi, who works in the front office of the Oakland A’s, and one of the guys I’d most like to meet for a drink. Continue reading

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“Into Action” is FREE this weekend

FREE this weekend: A stark military tragedy that hinges on a young soldier’s struggle to remain loyal to his distant girlfriend in a morally trying, sexually charged situation, “Into Action” spotlights the complicated emotional choices shouldered by young men at war. Continue reading

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Keith Richards and the creative process

Fascinating WSJ interview with Keith Richards: ‘I had a sound in my head that was bugging me'” that details the evolution of their classic “Street Fighting Man.” Continue reading

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