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5 Deadly Director’s Cuts

 

Among the many blessings of civilization is the BluRay. BluRays (and DVDs and home video before them) meant that if you loved film, you, too, could finally own a copy of some classic like Casablanca and sigh over its greatness time and again. But like many other gifts of Western capitalist culture, there is a downside.

One of them is the “Director’s Cut.”

Film history would be a lot more boring without the stories of enfant terribles (and later, adult pain-in-the-asses) like Orson Welles battling against the men with the souls of accountants over their art. Most of the time, it turned out the accountants had a wicked right hook and the artist would end up on the …

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Let’s stop to reflect on someone doing good, and lot of it.

Gonna take a break from the novel and the other efforts (Right-Wing Riot, ahem) to share the important work someone is doing.  Elephants hold a special place in my heart and this short video gives just a taste of the contributions a very kind and loving woman has been making for over 25 years in Nairobi, caring for orphaned elephants.

 

You can learn more about her work here, and the on-going efforts of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the foundation that helps support what she does.  Had I riches, I’d give a lot of them to these folks.  They are, in fact, doing God’s work.

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Share the Love…

With a Conservative Book Club!

Cons Book Club

If, like me, you believe that to change the culture we need to change the story that culture tells itself, then here’s an opportunity to make the change real right now.

Sponsored by the Salem Media Group, this free service wants to be “Your Home for Great Conservative Books.”  Their new site “will allow you to create your own conservative bookshelf, rate books, post comments, and share your favorite books with your friends!”

An important part of their launch is that for the first time, the Conservative Book Club is featuring fiction.  Novels, with a conservative point of view.  It’s an experiment, and if we want them to continue to showcase great fiction …

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Asking the Most Powerful Question to Protect Your Family

(from a piece of mine published over at Pajamas Media)

The question “What if…?” is arguably one of the most important questions humans have ever asked, right up there with “How come..?” By posing the problem “What if…” man allows himself to discover answers. Even a failed “What if…” provides the attentive viewer with information. Early Man may have asked “What if we poke that Saber Tooth Tiger in the testicles with a stick? Go ahead, you do it.” So he asked and so he learned. But “What if…” can also provide you with unexpected solutions, such as “What if a bunch of us Australopithecines teamed up against that mastodon,” which lead to the invention of the first all-you-can eat …

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Want to hear me interviewed

…while kind of whacked out on Nyquil?  Yeah, I came back from New York City with good memories, great pix, and a cold.  Or the flu.  The jury is out on the origin of the attacker, but I had scheduled and rescheduled an interview with Daria Anne DiGiovanni of Writestream Radio so I decided to press on ahead with a little chemical assistance.

 

I thought I was a bit spacey, but Daria, as always, was a great interviewer and she did her best to keep me on track.  You can listen by clicking here or download it below for future listening at your convenience.

Interviewed by Daria for WriteStream!

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I’m goin’ to New York City…

 

For some reason, when I say that, in my head it’s to the tune of an old blues riff about “I’m goin’ to Kansas City” (first sung in my presence by a homeless drunk in Omaha, Nebraska).

However…my publishers, Liberty Island Media, are having a launch party and I’m going to drop in on them.  It will give me a chance to meet at last and in the actual flesh, the publisher, David Bernstein, and the Editor, Adam Bellow.  Rich Lowry, editor of the National Review and blurber of my novel, will also be in attendance.  I am hoping that my comrades de satire, the mysterious and alluring Ms. Always Right and Scary Smart Jamie K. …

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