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So You Want To Be a Writer (Part 5); A Helluva Writer’s Group

So You Want To Be a Writer (Part 5); A Helluva Writer’s Group

Part of the Nieman program was a writers’ workshop, for those journalists who ‘had a novel in them’. But unlike other groups or workshops, this one had a guest speaker every week. And it was a roster that only the Niemans could attract. One week was John Irving, reading from his newest work. Then John Updike. Then Rupert Murdoch (pre-Fox). My favorite was Noam Chomsky, the world’s most renowned linguist and political activist.

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How to Create Your Own Genocide

How to Create Your Own Genocide

Genocide is like a disease: you need to recognize it in its earliest forms. When the trains are running and the gas chambers are in full operation, it’s too late to stop.  In my new novel, The Devil’s Breath, I analyze how a great nation and people became...

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What We Don’t Know About the Holocaust

What We Don’t Know About the Holocaust

Genocide is like a disease: you need to recognize it in its earliest forms. When the trains are running and the gas chambers are in full operation, it’s too late to stop.  In my new novel, The Devil’s Breath, I analyze how a great nation and people became...

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The Holocaust: Antisemitism Perfected

The Holocaust: Antisemitism Perfected

In teaching the Holocaust, one question I encounter is a stumper: Why has antisemitism lasted so long? The earliest slurs against Jews dates back to the 3rd century BCE and graffiti on the walls of cities such as Alexandria. The New Testament authors certainly fueled...

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Editing Yourself (And Other Myths)

Editing Yourself (And Other Myths)

When I’m sick, I go see a doctor. When my car makes a funny noise, I take it to a garage. Butwhen it comes to my writing, which I often care more about than my body or car, I edit myself.After all, who knows me and my work better than me? Quick quiz: find the fallacy...

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The Name Game

The Name Game

Naming, whether it’s your kids, your company, or your novel, is a tricky thing. For example, if we’d had children in our 20s, a boy would have (cleverly and ironically) been named Shemp (the much underappreciated fourth Stooge) and a daughter would have been named...

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Left For Alive

Two brothers and their ex-con cohorts are investigated at every turn by press and police. Their violent mysteries start to unravel, until a final revelation gives one brother a new life while ending the life of the other.