Posts Tagged: stalin

The Rumpus Interview with Mark Leyner

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Mark Leyner discusses his new novel, Gone with the Mind, about a failed novelist, Mark Leyner, who gives a reading to his mom in an almost-deserted food court.

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Why Writers Should Not Run for Office

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In this article about the political fortunes of writer, country singer and gubernatorial candidate Kinky Friedman, The Guardian reminds us that if history is any indication, writers should be wary of entering politics. “Consider the case of George Bernard Shaw, who willingly transformed himself into Stalin’s lapdog at the height of the Ukrainian famine, or […]

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Stalin, Hitler, or Cancer

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The Cancer Patients Aid Association has new ads featuring Stalin and Hitler, their point being that smoking kills many more people than ruthless dictators. The only problem is their numbers are horrifically off. Hitler, for example, is responsible for a lot more than six million deaths. They miss Stalin’s number by ten or fifteen million […]

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