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  1. On the Writing of Sequels  • 
    I’m currently trying to finish my second novel, MultiReal, and I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time thinking about sequels. There are really two kinds of sequels. The first kind of sequel is the continuation of a story that didn’t necessarily need continuing in the first place. Think The Empire Strikes Back. Even though […]
  2. “Return of the Jedi”: A Postscript  • 
    My tale of seeing Return of the Jedi for the first time in 1983 is not nearly as interesting as my tale of seeing The Empire Strikes Back in 1980. I spent three summers waiting and imagining. The events of Empire were carefully parsed and dissected with my brother and all of my friends. I […]
  3. The Day “The Empire Strikes Back” Changed Everything  • 
    Saturday, May 24, 1980. It’s a sunny morning in Orange County, California. Jimmy Carter is president of the United States, Mount St. Helens has just erupted, Richard Pryor will be setting himself on fire any day now. The Iranians have taken a number of Americans hostage in Tehran. Lots of people seem to be singing […]
  4. The Cultural Speedometer  • 
    There’s a scene from the John Hughes/Brat Pack classic The Breakfast Club where John Bender (the “troubled rough kid” played by Judd Nelson) gets a lecture from Carl the Janitor (John Kapelos). John has just mocked his fellow classmates by suggesting that they should become purveyors of “the janitorial arts” like Carl. Carl makes a […]
  5. Mission Accomplished at the Oscars  • 
    The drubbing that "Brokeback Mountain" has received in the press for not winning the Best Picture Oscar shows that we're involved in a war against gray areas here in America, a war which has only accelerated since 9/11 and the President's Iraqi adventure.
  6. It’s Time for James Bond to Retire  • 
    Yahoo News in its infinite wisdom decided that its top story yesterday was an online petition to fire actor Daniel Craig as James Bond. Let us set aside the editorial nincompoopery that causes Yahoo to deem Hollywood casting as more important than, say, a threatened presidential veto, and skip to the real question: When will […]
  7. Stephen Hunter Interview: The Hunter Becomes the Hunted  • 
    An interview with Stephen Hunter, film critic for the Baltimore Sun and the author of the thriller "Dirty White Boys." Originally published in January of 1995.

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