Category Archives: Sample Essays

Some examples of essays written for APA zines. Yes, I’m that old.

Is Hollywood Losing Itself?

Kate Winkler Dawson’s Death in the Air is one of the books I spotted today at Half Price Books.  It recount the 1952 killer pea-soup fog in London, England, and the serial killer who stalked it.  It’s a case nearly … Continue reading

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A Call For Enhanced Optimism

We all read Flowers For Algernon in school.  Daniel Keyes’s story of a man and his beloved mouse enhanced to genius, then reduced by the same drug to a descent into imbecility, is pathetic, horrific, and emotional.  It makes an … Continue reading

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Writers Write

Graham Greene wrote 1500 words a day, each morning, then played the rest of the day. Wrote them in a leather journal using a fountain pen.   Hemingway squeezed out words by the tens and hundreds, using a pencil in … Continue reading

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Cixin Liu, (The Three-Body Problem and other novels), caused racist controversy among the alt-right sick puppies — they refer to themselves as sad but the are sick fucks — who proceeded to ruin the Hugo Awards by gaming the voting … Continue reading

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RUN: Rise Up Now – Fight the Fascists

Watched NBC News inadvertently on Sunday and discovered it is rife with right wing attitude and ‘lesson’ stories. Reminded me strongly of how brainwashed we were when I was growing up. Obviously the 1% is afraid of us now and … Continue reading

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Now or Never

Recently bought unabridged copies of The Three Musketeers and Twenty Years After by Alexander Dumas, per, the first two of the four Musketeer books.  It struck me that we need fiction of that sort today.  Instead of the now-standard dystopias, … Continue reading

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Troont

Troont. Did you realize trump is treated worse and more unfairly than any politician in history? Neither did historians. Many thought of those who’d been held in prison for most of their lives; tortured until they went mad; assassinated.  Surely … Continue reading

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“Heated Anger Heals As It Anneals”

Interestingly, Charles Dickens, on his first visit to USA in 1842, observed precisely that same suppression of unpopular views we see now, with moronic labels of Fake News and the physical attack of opponents who dare express dissent at trump’s … Continue reading

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Fight the Agitprop, Rise Up Now

Watched NBC News inadvertently on Sunday and discovered it is rife with right wing attitude and ‘lesson’ stories. Reminded me strongly of how brainwashed we were when I was growing up. Obviously the 1% is afraid of us now and … Continue reading

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Crossing Into Taboo

Who exactly forbids forbidden knowledge? How do they enforce their whims? The secret is, there is no secret. Forbidders are those terrified to learn anything.  They are the straight-and-narrow path types, living in blinders. /// Three examples of forbidden, or … Continue reading

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