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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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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What We Failed to Learn About Terrorism from The Dark Knight

Or, "Stop Calling Them Gunmen and Start Calling Them Terrorists" One of the most notable elements of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy is that, despite being made by a British writer and director and set in the fictional Gotham City, the films capture the zeitgeist of the post-9/11 America in a frightening, realistic way. But there’s …

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If the Candidates were Horror Movie Characters: An Updated Guide to the 2016 Election

In a previous article, I discussed how presidential elections resemble the one-by-one elimination of astronauts at the hands of space monsters, and which specific science fiction character each candidate is. As it happens, we are farther into the campaign and the expendable characters have started to drop away. It also happens to be October, aka Horror Movie …

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How accurate is The Economist in comparing Donald Trump to The Joker?

This is one of many articles on this site comparing the current state of American politics to the world of Batman. Read more here, or buy D. F. Lovett's debut novel here for only $4.99. In an editorial published on 7/23/15, The Economist likened Donald Trump to Heath Ledger's Joker: Mr Trump's lust for attention, …

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If the Candidates were Sci-Fi Movie Characters: A Cheat Sheet to the 2016 Presidential Election

During the last presidential election, Rick Santorum famously told the media that he felt like "this campaign is like an episode of ‘Survivor.’ It’s just a matter of staying in there and doing well." It's hard to disagree with Santorum, especially when the field is this crowded and complicated, stuffed with minor characters and distractions. …

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The Tea Party Presents: Midnight in Boston

While the last post on here was entirely positive and flattering of Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, I have to address what some regard as that film's major shortcoming, which is that it is for a very specific audience.  By catering the entire thing for English majors - and taking a few cheap shots at …

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