A Few Behind the Scenes Notes on the Making of Stanny Couldn’t Make It

“Stanny Couldn’t Make It” came out today in Across the Margins, and, as my practice will be with stories in this series–I’m currently calling it the Zezverse–come out, I have some notes to share about how this story came to be. So, short story trivia fans, prepare to feast. –The fictional movie in the interview, The… Continue reading A Few Behind the Scenes Notes on the Making of Stanny Couldn’t Make It

Mugs and Suckers

Last year, much to my surprise, Donald Trump, in all his appalling ignorance, taught me what may be the most important lesson I could’ve learned in 2016. You see, throughout that campaign, I took it as read that Trump could never be elected President because he was such an obvious con artist. No way, I… Continue reading Mugs and Suckers

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

The Neo-Nazi (Who Wants To Be) Next Door

I’ve seen documentaries about Neo-Nazis and skinheads many times before, so nothing in this one, posted today at The New York Times, comes as a huge shock. The subject here, Kynan Dutton, combines raging racial paranoia with a dim kind of nerdiness, like a bigoted version of Mark Borchardt. I doubt he’ll follow in the footsteps of… Continue reading The Neo-Nazi (Who Wants To Be) Next Door

“Something very worrying is happening in France.”

Writing Summer of Long Knives meant spending a lot of time immersed in the crimes of the Nazi regime. It would be pleasant to imagine that those crimes, and the mindset behind them, are museum pieces now, to be studied with the same puzzlement we would a Canopic jar, but recent articles about the rise of… Continue reading “Something very worrying is happening in France.”