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  • Why are books better than movies?

    Which is better: the book or the movie based on the book? I don’t have polling data but I believe it’s a safe bet that the majority of folks would say books are superior to their film versions. I just finished reading Rick Yancey’s novel...
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  • King biography is a must-read

    This column originally ran on February 12, 2015 in the Fairfield Daily Republic. I’ve slightly modified it for iPinion.  I love biographies because they peel back the curtain and show us things we’ve never seen about people we think we know. Such was the case...
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  • In search of the united states

    There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil...
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  • When terror comes will we choose partisanship over patriotism?

    The world is both in mourning and angry about the cowardly terrorist attacks in Paris this week. There’s been an outpouring of grief and condolences and support as nation after nation stands in solidarity with the French. But I’ve been wondering, when radical Islamist terrorists...
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  • I always wanted to die

    Amy Ferris has compiled a searing, sobering but ultimately uplifting anthology (with contributors such as iPinion’s own David Lacy and Debra LoGuercio DeAngelo) called “Shades of Blue: Writers on Depression, Suicide and Feeling Blue.” Reading the book I couldn’t help but think of my own...
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  • Let there be bacon

    You’ve seen the headlines this week: Bacon is as harmful as cigarettes! Bacon-lovers like me are nonplussed so don’t get happy, Wilbur. As I posted on social media when the story broke, if there was a 50% chance of spontaneous human combustion after eating bacon,...
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  • Happy buy yourself crap day!

    Birthdays are weird. I think it’s almost universal that no one wants to be sung to in public on his or her birthday. What does the birthday boy or girl do? The people are smiling and happy while singing a slow, oddly funereal celebration song...
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  • I can still kill you

    When I heard about the Umpqua Community College shootings I was as frustrated as everyone else. I watched people blow off steam on social media. Read about gutless politicians offering their prayers but not lifting a finger to actually do anything. I saw gun owners...
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  • Is the U.S. okay with child rape?

    It’s called bacha bazi (“boy play”). Afghans have been raping young boys aged 9 to 15 for centuries. In Afghanistan, wives are for having families and boys are for pleasure.   Despite the thousands of boys being violated, the American government line is that this...
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