The Beginner’s Guide to Kurt Vonnegut: How to Finally Start Reading Vonnegut’s Novels

There has never been a better time to start reading Kurt Vonnegut. To begin with, today is his 94th birthday. Second, we appear to be living inside one of his novels, with an egocentric billionaire slouching toward the White House, the National Anthem at the center of controversy, and our entire existence increasingly descending into a parody of …

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What Would Kurt Vonnegut Say About the 2016 Election?

Or, When Did We Start Living in a Fictional Satire? I've compared recent events—and, in particular, this presidential election—to many things: Armageddon, Alien, every Batman story, and almost every '90s action movie. But there is one painful metaphor that I have not explored: the 2016 election appears to have been written by writer and satirist Kurt Vonnegut. I first …

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Who Would Donald Appoint? Some Predictions for Trump’s Cabinet

Interested in reading D. F. Lovett's fiction? Buy his books here. Donald Trump made waves this week by releasing his list of SCOTUS picks. He must've had some help from a buddy of his, as the list was conspicuously absent of either John Grisham or Mark Geragos. But let's be real. We all know that Candidate …

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How the Republican Establishment Has Become South Park’s Stan Marsh

Jeb(!) Bush recently made headlines by declaring he would not vote for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, proclaiming "I cannot support his candidacy." With this announcement, he has fallen into rank with Lindsay Graham, Mitt Romney, and the other two Presidential Bushes, in saying that he will not support either the Democrat or the …

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Is Bane the Batman Character Who Trump Resembles Most?

"Do you feel in charge?" It is with these words that the power shifts from one man to another in the 2012 film The Dark Knight Rises, as the terrorist and demagogue Bane rests a hand on the shoulder of corrupt, scheming businessman John Daggett. This is Daggett's last moment alive, realizing that he staked …

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If the Candidates Were Characters in a ’90s Action Movie: A 2016 Election Cheat Sheet

Iowa is behind us. That's the good news. We don't have to hear about Iowa anymore. The bad news is that this whole charade has nearly another year left, and there is still a lot to keep track of. Lucky for you, I've put together another guide to the presidential candidates, similar to the previous …

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Is Bernie Sanders the Ned Stark of the 2016 Election?

In a post published on this blog earlier today, I discussed why I "stopped feeling the Bern," i.e. why Bernie Sanders is a troubling, disappointed candidate, in my opinion. This is a follow-up, companion to that article. As I pondered Senator Bernard "Bernie" Sanders, he began to remind me of another disappointing character: Lord Eddard "Ned" …

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Why I Stopped Feeling the Bern: Questions for Bernie Sanders on Violence and the Media

It's been no secret that Bernie Sanders has an unusual history (for an independent / socialist / Democrat/ whatever he is) when it comes to gun control. And people are starting to talk about it, including articles such as "The Last Thing Bernie Sanders Needs it a Conversation About Guns" on NPR, which does a good job …

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The Most Dangerous Way in Which Trump Resembles Batman

The Economist (and this blog) might liken him to The Joker, but Trump disagrees. I am Batman, he told a young boy and the world. The obvious response is to say that Trump isn't Batman. Or, there are those who have said that yes, he kinda is Batman. I won't point out the obvious, like …

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