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A Rabid Dog Will Bite

A Rabid Dog Will Bite

The media is atwitter with news about a forthcoming book that contains damning information about the president and the president’s inner circle. Much of that information comes from a man who was, until very recently, part of that inner circle. Steve Bannon spilled his rotten guts to Michael Wolff, the author of the soon-to-be-released tell-all book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Trump is furious and doing the only thing he seems to know how to do—sending out barely…

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I Need a New Story in the New Year

I Need a New Story in the New Year

Do you think we are being pranked? Is it possible that we are currently embroiled in some sort of elaborate and absurd political theater? Maybe in 2018 someone will pull back the curtain and reveal that 2017 was one big joke. I mean, who could have predicted that a horse-riding, gun-toting, mall creep would be a legitimate Senate candidate in 2017? Or that the current presidential administration would produce more guilty pleas and cooperating witnesses than a season of Law…

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Stupid Is As Stupid Does

Stupid Is As Stupid Does

Does anyone have an IQ test at the ready? I ask, because apparently challenging someone to an IQ duel is now a thing that is happening in the highest levels of our government. Lord, help us. I have no desire to watch elected officials on either side of the aisle brag about their intelligence. No matter how smart you think you are, it’s hard to look like anything but an ass when you are basically screaming: I’m smarter than you…

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Meet the White House Mafia

Meet the White House Mafia

The Trumps are due for a rebranding. They aren’t modern day empire builders. They aren’t real estate tycoons. They aren’t savvy business owners. They aren’t a political family. The Trumps are America’s White House mafia. Let’s explore the evidence. The Trumps embrace bad associates. Let’s start with current news. We now know that Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer who promised dirt on Hillary Clinton during the recent presidential campaign. Junior claims no dirt was delivered. We don’t know…

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The President is a Big Fat Sexist Jerk

The President is a Big Fat Sexist Jerk

The president of the United States has too many opinions about women. Earlier this week he called over a reporter from Ireland and flirted with her while he was on the phone with Ireland’s new prime minister. “I bet she treats you well,” he said, as if the reporter were a mistress rather than a person with a job to do. It was a bizarre moment. Not half as bizarre as his Tweet-storm earlier today attacking Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski….

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MS State Sen. Chris McDaniel is a Big Fat Hypocrite

MS State Sen. Chris McDaniel is a Big Fat Hypocrite

Mississippi Senator Chris McDaniel is in the news for statements he made regarding “unhappy liberal women” and his desire to cut all funding for Planned Parenthood and deny health insurance coverage for birth control. Spoiler alert: McDaniel is not a fan of women wanting stuff. Here is his original statement: “So a group of unhappy liberal women marched in Washington DC. We shouldn’t be surprised; almost all liberal women are unhappy. Perhaps there’s a correlation. “Nevertheless, I’m fascinated to see…

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Saints, Devils, and the Power of Work

Saints, Devils, and the Power of Work

On the day after Christmas, my husband, my mother, and I went to a nearby theater for a matinee of La La Land. On Christmas Eve we’d attended a live performance of the musical Finding Neverland, the story behind the story of Peter Pan. So a movie musical homage to Hollywood seemed like the perfect capper to our holiday entertainment. Plus, we were craving popcorn. Alas, it was not to be. Everyone, it seems, had the same idea. The movie was sold out all day long….

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Rooting for Unlikable Women

Rooting for Unlikable Women

In Ron Rash’s 2008 novel Serena, he creates a female character who is so ambitious and ruthless that she seems devoid of moral considerations. It is a stunning accomplishment in an era when readers clamor for likability. Frankly, I think likability is overrated in fiction. I believe the likability complaint is mostly used as a way to dismiss strong female characters. Really, no one cares all that much if male characters are likable. As an example, this weekend I watched a portion of…

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I Want to Understand

I Want to Understand

I write fiction about working class and lower middle class people in the south. It’s not a popular choice. Readers don’t seem to know what to do with my characters. I don’t blame them. It’s not what they’ve come to expect from books set in the south. Most southern fiction tends to portray societal extremes: the very poor, the eccentric wealthy, the devoutly religious, the idiot, the violent. My characters tend to fall somewhere in the middle. They have jobs, but…

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A Literary Eye on the Election

A Literary Eye on the Election

At this time next week, the election will be over. I don’t know about you, but I can hardly remember what it feels like to live in a world without political advertisements and October surprises that are really just the same old news reported in a different way. I’m so glad I live in a state with early voting. I filled out my ballot last week and dropped it in one of the convenient polling boxes in my neighborhood park….

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