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‘The Eves of Our Destruction’: Can Citizens be Ignorant and Free at the Same Time?

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As authors, we tend to specialize in writing fiction or nonfiction. A few writers are able to successfully write both entertaining fiction and erudite nonfiction but in a terrible irony, increasingly, our society seems to be so easily manipulated in blurring the distinction. In 1816 in a letter to John Adams, Jefferson wrote, “bigotry is the disease of ignorance, of morbid minds; enthusiasm of the free and buoyant.” I have been wondering lately if it is possible to be free and ignorant at the same time. This is very troubling to me because in the last few years and particularly this year, what counts for knowledge and facts has been so blurred, I don’t think we can know the difference.…

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Writer’s Bone Podcast: #NovelClass Featuring Tom Perrotta’s ‘Mrs. Fletcher’

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Writer’s Bone Podcast, hosted by Daniel Ford and Sean Tuohy, gives insight into the world of writing and sheds light on some of your favorite writers every week! This week, we introduce you to a very special episode of #NovelClass.  In this Friday Morning Coffee episode, Dave Pezza and Daniel Ford speak on their ninth installment of #NovelClass, a way for you to learn more about the books that are on your radar. In these episodes, they sit down and put their thoughts on books into conversation that you get to analyze and enjoy! This week’s episode focuses on Tom Perrotta’s Mrs. Fletcher. Just a warning: This episode contains major spoilers, so listen at your own risk! You may be familiar with…

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The Generational Reasons Why Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are So Appealing

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Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have ignited a firestorm. They have addressed the worries and fears of three generations of Americans: Millennials, Gen Xers and Baby Boomers. Sanders’ appeal to millennials (born from 1982 to 2000, ages today 16 to 34) caught everyone by surprise because no one understood what was fueling millennials’ fears. Millennials, educated by 1960’s liberals, are a talented generation with few job prospects, massive student debt and living with their parents. So, for millennials, getting a government handout seems to be their only alternative. They love authenticity, so they felt the ‘Bern.’ And, they find Trump authentic. Millennials have little problem jumping from a democratic socialist like Sanders to a common sense conservative … especially when…

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