Category Archives: Books

The American Empire Project

My “to read” list just got a lot longer. After finishing Understanding Power: The Indispensable Chomsky, I wanted more. So, on my next book buying foray I picked up Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance and Imperial Ambitions … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo: Novelist

It is finished. Sometime around two o’clock this morning, I wrote the last words in the last scene of my novel for National Novel Writing Month. The button pictured here was given to me by a fellow metro-D.C. NaNoWriMo participant, … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo: Winner

Oh shit. I totally hadn’t expected this to happen today. I’ve been writing off and on all day, and I’d entered the new word count from my word processing program, which had me at about 50+ words over the 50K … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo: the Last Mile

Just a quick update on NaNoWriMo. After last night, I’ve passed the 45K mark, and some intensive writing after Parker’s bedtime has gotten me to the point where the most critical parts of the story are written. All that’s left, … Continue reading

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A Big Bite of Chomsky

I might as well admit it. At this point it’s obvious I’m a book junkie. Or maybe, if you throw blogging and writing in general into the mix, I’m actually a word junkie. Either way, I’d been getting nervous about … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo: Week Three

It’s hard to believe I’m rounding the bend on week three of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), but it’s true. And after clocking in at 34,145 words yesterday, with the likelihood that I’ll break the 35,000 word mark later tonight, … Continue reading

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Bush Laughing Last on the Patriot Act?

I recently saw a video that included Arianna Huffington saying that while president Bush comes across as irredeemably stupid, it’s also easy to miss the genius behind the stupidity. I think she may be on to something. It’s so easy … Continue reading

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Quick NaNoWriMo Update

Just thought I’d share a quick update on my progress in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). It was two days later than I’d planned, but last night I officially passed the 25,000 word halfway point, clocking in at 27,541 words … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo: Week Two

I’m now past the second week of my participation in National Novel Writing Month. In the record of my month-long novel writing experience, this will go down as the week that NaNoWriMo kicked my ass. I’d been warned by old … Continue reading

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A Million Little Pieces

I didn’t know it then, of course, but James Frey and I were on the same ride once, headed for the same destination. He got on before I did, and I got off before he did. We reached our destination … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo: Week One

Yesterday was the end of week one in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), so I thought it was time or an update for those who’re interested. If you’re just coming across this blog via this post, I announced back in … Continue reading

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On Knowing What’s Good for Us

There was an interesting post on Booman Tribune about how few liberal blogs covered the anti-Bush protests in Argentina, that got me thinking because it pointed to some right wing blog posts about the protests that reminded me of and … Continue reading

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Naughty Neocon Novelists

What is it with these writing Republicans? First it was Lynne Cheney’s Sisters, and now we have Scooter Libby’s The Apprentice. Both are rather sex-drenched — with touches of homo-eroticism — to have been penned by members of the “family … Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo: T Minus One

No, I haven’t forgotten about National Novel Writing Month; NaNoWriMo for short. It’s just that I’ve become a bit superstitious, and find myself believing that the one sure way not to get the thing written is to talk about it … Continue reading

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Liberal vs. Progressive

How do we define ourselves politically? When I started this blog, I chose the name on a lark. I thought it would be a clever take on that other site and the product that sells. I had another name picked … Continue reading

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