Category Archives: Writing

The Skeleton Code

The surgeon is to what as a satirist is to words? The answer is scalpel. The surgeon uses it to cut out disease and the satirist uses words to mock a social ill. Authors Alla Campanella and Ken Massey ridicule … Continue reading

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Excerpt from Man of Honor

There was another smile, the scrape of tines, and a pause. “I also know that your father left you and your mother.” Though he squirmed in his chair, Alessandro tried to not feel humiliated by that truth. He had learned … Continue reading

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Excerpt from Corporate Citizen (Roma Series Book 5)

“Is this Mr. DiBello?” said a woman’s voice through the long-distance connection. “This is he,” Gennaro answered. Bianca raised her eyes at hearing him speaking in English. She had just come into the room with their afternoon drinks. She was … Continue reading

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Excerpt from Two Warriors

He had the AC on. He waited for his chance to claim his spot on the highway. He had the radio on. Retro song. He heard the Spanish word colitas in the lyrics. He thought of the language he hadn’t … Continue reading

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Paladins: a charity anthology against Cancer

Mark Wilson’s cover art for Paladin, the charity anthology that editor Aidan Thorn put together to drum up financial support and recognition for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation in honor of ‘Henri’ Furchetnicht, wife of Brit Grit crime writer Craig … Continue reading

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The Magical Negro

The title of this post comes from Matthew Hughey by way of Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist. She quotes the professor, a sociologist, in her essay-review of the film, The Help, adapted from Kathryn Stockett’s novel. In Bad Feminist … Continue reading

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Behind the Trigger, In Front of the Barrel

I read The Coddling of the American Mind in this month’s Atlantic online. Twice. I waded through the inane and insane examples of trigger words and warnings and their consequences that Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt reported from American colleges … Continue reading

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