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J’Accuse

On January 13, 1898, the noted French writer Émile Zola used the front page of L’Aurore, one of France’s leading newspaper, to publish an open letter to the French President. He accused the military and the government of framing Alfred … Continue reading

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A Small and Secret War

The woman was dressed in too many layers of black for a spring-like winter day. Her dreadlocks were soaked from the misting rain and her possessions were stacked on the sidewalk next to a bench. Three large Target bags, two … Continue reading

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Year-end Apologies

To everyone of all genders, preferences, age, faiths, colorations, educational backgrounds, language capabilities, geographical origins, and persuasion everywhere, I apologize for anything I may have done at any time that offended you, caused unhappiness, bitterness, resentments, pain, discomfort or ill thoughts. … Continue reading

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Close Encounter of a Good Kind

I had breakfast with Mary Jones today. I wrote about her a month ago when she invited me to share her table at a chicken restaurant, and we ended up having a good conversation over many French fries. Today she … Continue reading

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ETs and Cancer

Many years ago I wrote a novel about first contacts. It was published by Avon and titled The IFO Report, and it sold moderately well. It got optioned for the movies but never produced, and now it’s available second-hand from … Continue reading

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Gratitude

I’ve been asked to write a Trump piece for a Francophone magazine, and realized in the middle of the night that I would have to curry favor with Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the present White House Press Secretary. Recently, Ms. Sanders … Continue reading

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Creeps

When I was sixteen, I kissed a girl and she slapped me. There was no hesitation on her part; kiss/wham! I was more surprised than injured. I thought the girl, Sylvie, had clearly manifested a desire to be kissed. We … Continue reading

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