Willis Carto, Sugar Daddy to Holocaust Deniers, Is Dead

From the SPLC: According to reports from white nationalists, Willis Carto, a man active on the radical right for more than 60 years, has died, aged 89. Carto was one of the most active and influential white nationalists of the past century and leaves behind a legacy of vile racial hatred, especially towards Jews. He… Continue reading Willis Carto, Sugar Daddy to Holocaust Deniers, Is Dead

Denialism and My Comments Policy

On the first day of my college freshman physics class, my professor brought out a boxful of letters from cranks. He read one of them out. It was from a man who claimed that he’d proven the laws of thermodynamics wrong and that he’d invented a perpetual motion machine. Of course, he hadn’t. The machine he… Continue reading Denialism and My Comments Policy

The Double Life of David Cole

Denial, an audio play I wrote a some years back, was a fictionalized documentary whose main character, Ari Fleischman, was based partly on real Holocaust denier David Cole. At the end of the play, Ari drops out of sight. In reality, David Cole did too, assuming a new identity and recasting himself as a Hollywood… Continue reading The Double Life of David Cole

How Far Is Too Far For An Artist?

Charles Krafft’s response to the charge that he’s a Holocaust denier raises the question of how audiences respond to artists they once admired once their opinions go round the twist. This can be tricky. Artists inspire a devotion in their fans that can rival, and in some cases surpass (or at least outlast), friendships and… Continue reading How Far Is Too Far For An Artist?

Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?

A thousand apologies for skipping a day’s pondering, but my energies have been focused on a screenplay version of an audio drama I did a couple of years ago called Denial. It’s a mockumentary about a Jewish holocaust denier, long estranged from his family, whose sister comes to tell him to come home to make his… Continue reading Are You Pondering What I’m Pondering?