Essay ‘beta readers’ Wanted!

December 17, 2016

I have written an essay for Notting Hill Editions, a prestigious British essay publishing company. I would really love a couple of beta readers to give me feedback.
shakespeareThe title is “Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’: A Warning to Elizabeth?” The thesis is that the play was much more of a political message than a simple love story. Including the bibliography (which you can ignore!), it’s 7,000 words, or about 15 pages. Please let me know if you might be interested. Thanks!

You can email me at donmakerauthor@gmail.com

Going Global: A Look at Translation Options for Independent Authors

December 5, 2016

One of the best pieces of advice I ever received as an author was to publish as many books in as many places as possible and to sell on as many websites as possible.  The writing profession is a nu…

Source: Going Global: A Look at Translation Options for Independent Authors

Tribute to Twain

November 30, 2016

twainThere are not many American authors whom I consider to be in the ‘great’ category. Mark Twain is one of the few I would love to come close to, but know I cannot. This blog was a fine tribute to that great man and writer. Thank you, Abbie Lu.

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

Source: Tribute to Twain

Was JFK the real target? Or yet another example of a government coverup?

November 23, 2016

Based on compeljfkling evidence, Lee Harvey Oswald did not want to kill President Kennedy–he intended to shoot Texas Governor John Connally. Yet the critical page was ripped from his personal diary by an FBI agent, and the story only really came out years after Oswald’s widow testified that this was actually the case.

Do I personally think J. Edgar Hoover was capable of such a deception? Absolutely. Not only did he not want to disgrace the FBI, he hated both John and Robert Kennedy, who flouted their power over his bureau. They knew he was gay. He knew they invited women (including Marilyn Monroe) into the Oval Office for sex. Not a happy relationship.

Read the article below and decide for yourself.

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-reston-jfk-assassination-target-20161122-story.html

America’s “smartest” president

November 9, 2016

chute I wish I could take credit for the below joke, but it was lifted from the Facebook page of a friend.

An airplane was about to crash. There were 4 passengers on board, but only 3 parachutes.
The 1st passenger said, “I am Steph Curry, the best NBA basketball player. The Warriors and my millions of fans need me, and I can’t afford to die.” So he took the 1st pack and left the plane.
The 2nd passenger, Donald Trump, said, “I am the newly-elected U.S. President, and I am the smartest President in American history, so my people don’t want me to die.” He took the 2nd pack and jumped out of the plane.
The 3rd passenger, the Pope, said to the 4th passenger, a 10 year old schoolboy, “My son, I am old and don’t have many years left, you have more years ahead so I will sacrifice my life and let you have the last parachute.”
The little boy said, “That’s okay, Your Holiness, there’s a parachute left for you. America ‘s smartest President took my school backpack.”

The Death of an Ideal … the Disgrace of a Country

November 9, 2016

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When Adolph Hitler was elected Chancellor of Germany in 1933, many human ideals died. His reign of terror lasted for less than 12 years, yet many millions of lives were lost and the humanistic and political repercussions still echo today. Although Germany has recovered much of its former luster as a nation of strength and intelligence, there still remains the taint of the Third Reich.

Hitler had his Brown Shirts and the support of many German citizens who made hate their primary agendas. Donald Trump has the white supremacist groups, including the KKK and American Nazi Party, who support his election. While it is doubtful that he can do the same damage to the world, the essential principles remain the same.

Make no mistake: I believe that Hillary Clinton was also a potential presidential disgrace. She is a privileged, smug, self-entitled, corrupt, cynical representative of a “business as usual” governmental process. But she is not a maniac who would deliberately lead her country into a battle of religious and ethnic bigotry that could lead to another world war—one that could involve nuclear weapons.

There are many ideals that died today. Religious, racial and sexual tolerance. Human equality. The quest for a peaceful solution to human problems rather than the radical methods that Trump has espoused during his campaign. And more.

Throughout the world, this will be seen as a very similar disgrace as to what Germany experienced during and after the Hitler regime. I can only hope that the following decades do not bewail the same aftermaths in America with the rise to power of Donald Trump.

Book Towns: Part I

October 28, 2016

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Source: Book Towns: Part I

Why I am Less Afraid of Clinton than Trump

October 23, 2016

Honestly, which one do you trust?th

I’m afraid. Afraid of the upcoming results of this election. Afraid of what it says about our nation and our political process that we have come to this point, with two such undesirable options for the office of the President of the United States.

It seems that everyone in the world sees and understands this predicament. And the world is also very worried, as demonstrated by the prediction of many (relatively) unbiased think tanks regarding the domestic and international economic impacts and the political stability based on either outcome.

But that’s only a secondary worry. What frightens me the most is what each major candidate might bring to our domestic stability. More honestly, how they might critically destabilize it. Frankly, this is based mostly on how I perceive the relative intelligence of the two candidates. Or perhaps their thought processes.

Trump is clearly of (at best) average intelligence, and does not think things through. Hillary is of above average intelligence, and spends a lot of time thinking about issues, as evidenced by her preparation for the presidential debates. Do we want a president who reacts to issues in such ways as: “I’d build a wall. I’d bomb them. She should be in prison.” Yes, he has actually said those things. Or do we want a president who openly boasts about her political experience and having thought international events through? Yes, that includes admitting she spent many hours preparing for these presidential debates.

People who believe that Trump is at least economically astute, if not politically and socially, are wrong on that count. He has failed many times as a businessman, in spite of the incredible advantages that were handed to him by his father, and had to be bailed out several times. Clinton, although cynical and opportunistic, is much more astute in all regards.

Clinton is a politics as usual, corrupt egoist. But she clearly weighs her options before making decisions and reacting to situations. Trump is a shoot from the lip, I’ll take the cheap joke and the low road, and I don’t care who I alienate when I express my opinions sort of guy. Clinton is just as arrogant and entitled, but she is very aware that you do not deliberately alienate people, whether they are domestic or foreign.

Bottom line: Clinton is dangerous because she will not care about the average American, but only what the masses can do to enhance her power and ego. But Trump is more dangerous because he is actively encouraging hate in the form of racism, gender discrimination, white supremacy, and class consciousness. Moreover, he has openly courted Russian favor while denigrating our democratic process. Clinton will not improve our nation. Trump will actively work to destroy it.

This upcoming presidential election is, from my standpoint, clearly a no-win situation. However, it is also clearly a huge loss possibility. I have my hopes, but I am still very afraid of the lack of overall insight of the voters in this country. I am not so much afraid of Trump getting elected as I am about the people in this country who are eager to elect him.

 

The Rape Culture of Donald Trump

October 10, 2016

This is much more important than Donald Trump bragging about his “locker room” powers. This is about the rape culture men in power feel they have over women.


https://www.yahoo.com/music/voice-star-meghan-linsey-speaks-out-about-sexual-harassment-in-frank-trump-inspired-facebook-post-212149195.html

The Most Beautiful Bookstore in the World

October 7, 2016

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For all of my fellow bibliophiles throughout the world, I offer you the El Ateneo Grand Splendid in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Built as a tango theatre in 1919, at the height of the South American craze for that sensual dance, the Teatro Grand Splendid was transformed to become a cinema only ten years later. It had the distinction of being the first cinema in Buenos Aires to show sound films. Under threat of demolition due to a poor economy in 2000, it was transmogrified into its current existence by the Grupo Ilhsa, which owns 40 bookshops.

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Today, more than a million visitors from all over the world ogle at its opulence and buy a few books. Check out the website below for more stunning photos.

http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/el-ateneo-grand-splendid