A Few Thoughts About Stephen King’s Novels

“Genre writer” is taken as a pejorative due to the implied slight that the author does not make you think; his work is sensory-level escapism. Still, good genre writers do their craft well and Stephen King was masterful in evoking a sense of dread. Especially the interior monologues of people who are slipping toward madness or evil. I read most of his work as a teenager so my judgment comes through a filter.

But a few weeks ago I picked up a copy of Salem’s Lot (which I read at 14) and opened to a random paragraph near the end of the book. It was a lengthy description of the jittery thoughts of a vampire-fighting priest who was turning into a vampire himself. My suspension of disbelief was smooth. In other words, well written.

His current shitlibbism, as well as its form during his mid-1970s to early-1980s creative peak, has roots in Baby Boomers’ notion that liberal is nice, conservative is mean. That notion comes from their dread of Eisenhower-era growth of unaccountable forces in society. But Boomers misdiagnosed things, deflecting the fear of power grabs from the intelligence-military complex and its private-sector partners onto the scattered voices of resistance to that cancer. Most people fell for it, with figures such as Joseph McCarthy and George Wallace being frozen and polarized into stand-ins for threats to freedom.

But perceptive observers feel the malice, even if they feed their unease into a fake ideology. Firestarter is one of his less-well-known novels but it identifies the deep state and MK Ultra-like operations.

Another fallacy of the ascendant liberalism of his generation was a failure to put the criminal class into perspective. King hated White criminals, going hard on them in The Stand. That’s another manifestation of his “liberal = nice” thinking. Don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone, and few appreciated the role of one’s own reasonably contained criminal class in securing liberty within a multicultural country.

Not completely sure what to make of his three feminist novels. Other than The Body (better known as its film interpretation Stand By Me), Dolores Claiborne may well have been the closest he’s come to literature. It was weighed down by garbage motifs of the period, including the “molester dad” meme, which was injected into popular culture in 1984 by the TV movie Something about Amelia and ran through 1994’s Forrest Gump. Gerald’s Game was similar in that respect.

His third feminist novel Rose Madder was so over-the-top in its nods to sapphic doctrine that it seemed downright lazy (it came off as affected by the Julia Roberts film Sleeping with the Enemy). Reading it was a Lilith Fair experience. Or was he was parodying that strain of political correctness?

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121 thoughts on “A Few Thoughts About Stephen King’s Novels

  1. King’s B-movie schtick was part of his appeal. He was in touch with the gritty reality of the Other Half, and so with Ray Chandler and Charles Bukowski he might could give to his sheltered American fans a taste of them long steel rails and short cross ties.

    He was convincing enough in his portrayal of that reality, which experience Americans were simultaneously losing and craving.

    For example the mega-bestseller It contained descriptions of playground bullies and coerced homo hand jobs by big red-headed 12-year olds. At the time, which was the 80s, that was very risqué. Whereas nowadays homo hand jobs and bullies together in the same scene, are problematic in their intersectionality.

    My last, uh, exposure to Mr King was in the form of that book that had two characters of more-or-less my generation traveling back from Cali across the Deep West, and surprise surprise there in the Desert Sticks they get sucked into a horror show. The words to describe that exact genre elude — alas, the White Death and middle age! — but it is a genre of American horror (oh! American Gothic it’s called) that Steven King wrote in.

    He wrote about characters that seemed set in this world, of late late 20th-century America. And then crossed contemporary fiction with genre fiction.

    As has been well noted by the world at large, there is no longer, speaking in English, the form of the realistic novel. It is genre fiction, or the immigrant tale. And that’s it — there is no story for White America. The story of White America is rather the White Death.

    Such an “orotund” proclamation eh? but the fact that it has to be made by humble nobody yours truly on an AR blog, just goes to the point, that not only is our literature lacking, but so is our criticism.

    The story of those two gen-X’ers getting caught in an Arizona horror show, was (but of course) made into a movie, with vultures and someone getting tied to a tree and burned alive. (what an awful way to go, but perhaps better than being stuck into a bronze bull and slowly having your skin melted off as the fire is doused and rekindled over the course of hours and days)

  2. Apt Pupil is an exceptional book of his, and quite useful to a WN.

    A young German-American learns how to be a Nazi from a former Nazi. It really shows that the bloodline never ends.

    The book was made into a movie, and the ending was great. By the end, the boy could out-jew a jew. A magnificent work.

  3. I think, they intended it to be a “horror story.”

    To a liberal, it is horrifying that the young might look up to the Nazis. But to a WN, it may be educational.

    It is exactly where one needs to look for such material. All the “good guys” have liberal agendas. You’ll only find racists among the bad guys.

    It’s also why cops and soldiers are useless to learn from. They don’t know anything about fighting the system, as they work to support it each day. Best learn from those who do, like criminals, terrorists, and Nazis.

  4. This was a spontaneous post that I started typing as a comment in the earlier thread. It opens up the subject, not the last word on it.

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  6. Stephen King compared to who? Tolkein? Lewis? Lovecraft?

    His output is impressive. I’ll grant him that. But all his attempts to write some sort of epic, grand narrative book tend to fall flat. He drops hints in his books that he has some sort of grand cosmology linking together all his work but it’s not like the reader can make heads or tails out of it.

    It’s interesting as well that his books that were made into films tend to be better than the source material. We’ll see what this new version of It looks like.

    All in all, I agree with the author above that SK is the master of a genre and in this day and age genre writing is only way to get any traction with readers in this day and age. Gone are the days of Dickens or Twain and the good general author. These days you have to play within a form to get any traction.

    What I find interesting is that there is no “alt-right” fiction being written. A lot of blogs and essays but no art, or at least imagined renderings. Sure, there’s Houellebecq (sp.) but he can’t seem to write without throwing pages of soft core pornography/erotica that gets as boring as any bodice-ripper romance.

  7. Stephen King will only ever by a supermarket check-out schlock writer for the 1970s low IQ / C- student more interested in smoking pot at the student smoking lounge than enrolling and completing in college preparatory math.

    In real life, Stephen King barely breathes above moron. King’s publicly-expressed stupidity found on his Twitter reveals as much.

  8. You know, I never got into him. In the early ’80s some of my friends tried to get me to read him but it didn’t take. I was still into fantasy, military history, classics, exploration, science/zoology. I also went through a serious Mark Twain phase as a little kid.

    You could probably say there’s an Alt-Right literary genre, but I’m not sure Castalia House has anything to do with it. There’s a market here, imo.

  9. Do you consider Lisey’s Story feminist? That was a mess as well.

    The Mr. Mercedes trilogy is his worst work ever, IMO. His lone late-career gem is 11/22/63. Or Black House, going back a little further. I’d say his son, Joe Hill, has eclipsed him at this point (despite being very derivative).

    His best work might be his memoir, On Writing.

    I still can’t believe they cast a black guy to play Roland in the Dark Tower movie(s). Apart from being a purely SJW decision—the character was based on Clint Eastwood—it requires some significant re-writing to the secondary characters. Although I understand they won’t appear in the first movie; so maybe this will just be a one-off.

  10. I wonder what a story like Apt Pupil would be like if written by a great writer without a conscious pro- or anti-White agenda. Someone who channeled and brought a higher truth to form. I read that back in my teens as well, and recall that what brought the WN mentor and student together was sociopathic impulses that (if I remember this right) caused them to turn on each other. That was certainly an arbitrary set-up by the author, who opted to write a proto-AltRight story with a cartoon villain.

    Not familiar with “Lisey’s Story.” I stopped reading Stephen King in the mid-90s. As to Mark Twain, “Huckleberry Finn” is the first adult-level book I ever read, which was at the age of eight.

  11. I respect the hell out of SK for his storytelling ability. I honestly think that he lost something when he stopped doing coke. Or maybe that was just a coincidence as he was also getting older and lost the creative youth juice. I recently re-read The Long Walk and it’s just as rawly engrossing as when I read it as a teenager. Loved the Gunslinger yarns but hate how they ended.
    It’s funny, hes so far past his prime I think of him in the past tense.

  12. I just can’t get into Stephen King. I find his stuff predictable and he has like 2 storylines and no real substance or soul. And his “rainbow coalition” thinking was evident ages ago, and always seems tacked onto the story in a very unreal way.

  13. Summertime memories with the neighborhood gang, rural New York State, early 1980s:

    Hanging out at neighbor’s pool, swapping sex stories/fantasies, listening to Rush, Talking Heads, and The Police, talking about SK books (The Stand), horror movies, cars, flirting with buddy’s younger sister, getting sunburned.

    [my high school rock memory: hanging out with the guys after practice and listening to Boston “cantcha say” booming from the car radio — PA]

  14. I read ‘Christine’ and “The Dead Zone”. But beyond those two, i can’t recall ever reading an entire sci-fi book, though a good amount of sci-fi short stories…i’ve always been a bit self-conscious about that neglect but i just haven’t found an easy way into that mode of writing and here i am pushing the 2nd half-o-life.

  15. — I respect the hell out of SK for his storytelling ability.

    His short stories in Night Shift were brilliant in that regard. Some that refrained from the horror or supernatural premise:

    – “The Ledge” is about two rivals of some sort in a Manhattan skyscraper who for a reason I don’t recall challenged each other to circle the building on a narrow exterior ledge. I still imagine that walk when I look out of my office window (high floor) at our building’s ledge.

    The story showcased his skill with zeroing in on some normally-mundane detail that by necessity grew larger than life in the character’s situation. In this short story, it was the flock of pigeons that made the passage along one segment of the ledge even more treacherous as they fluttered around the man in panic.

    – “Quitters, Inc.” was about a creepy cult / surveillance organization you volunteered to join in order to quit smoking and live healthier without knowing what you’re getting into and with no way out, then you then talked your friends into joining once you came to appreciate the benefits of membership.

  16. “The Ledge”

    Oh man, that was a great one. “Dolan’s Cadillac” is another short that stands out to me. Basically, a guy gets revenge by joining a road crew, and diverting his enemy’s car onto a road where he had dug a giant, concealed hole. The baddie drives into the hole, and he simply fills it back in and paves over it.

    Or “The Jaunt”. King has said the scariest thing he can imagine is an eternity stuck inside your own head. Nothing but you and your own thoughts forever.

    PA: If you stopped reading in the ’90s; give 11/22/63 at try. He also continues to put out short stories which are worth reading.

  17. “– “The Ledge” is about two RIVALS OF SOME SORT in a Manhattan skyscraper who for A REASON I DON’T RECALL challenged each other to circle the building on a narrow exterior ledge.”

    lolzoz Well as ole Mr Halloran says in Stanley Kubrick’s magisterial “The Shining”, “Now thank real hard, Doc, THANK!” lolzzl

    Your memory may be conflating two stories from the collection. There’s a later one about a brother and sister– they may have in the beginning challenged each other to some prank, I’m not sure, but in any event the sister is left hanging in a life-threatening situation. I’ll invoke No Spoilers for those who haven’t read or can’t remember it.

    Both “The Ledge” and “Quitters, Inc.” were adapted to the screen in “Cat’s Eye”, a film I watched obsessively during my 6th or 7th grade years. I think above all I really loved the cat. The actor whose name escapes me who played Baron Harkonnen in the David Lynch Dune and Alan King play memorable heavies.

  18. @ Ryu and PA; I saw Apt Pupil back when it was out in theaters and I thought it was so good, it inspired me to read Mein Kamp and Table Talk. So even though others here say SK is a lefty POS, that may be true, but he has that one gem there.

  19. “What I find interesting is that there is no “alt-right” fiction being written.”

    That’s true. And it’s also ironic, as the original alt-right teen-market masterpiece, ‘The Outsiders,’ is still a syllabus perennial for both NAM and non-NAM student bodies alike.

    I do notice and freely admit that scholastic reading lists and markets are steeped deep in p.c.-driven ‘diversity’ thematics: overcoming poverty, vice, ESL-driven verse; stories that address ‘bullying’—– but nothing explicitly directed at our WASP founding national stock.

    But I do my part —– always willing to tout the exploits of Pony Boy and Soda Pop, who btw were symbolic literary figures in my own personal literary development.

  20. — He has released one underwhelming track thus far

    I agree, it is underwhelming. A less melodious “Imagine.” The lyrics and images in the video are about coming together when the imperative of our time is to move apart.

    Morrissey’s 2014-release “World Peace Is None Of Your Business” is in similar vein but better.

    Roger Waters is denouncing neoliberalism from a nihilistic position, which makes the song a non-starter for me. A critique of neoliberalism that doesn’t account for the wrecking of White nations rings hollow.

  21. Stephen King got lucky and came around at the right time and made a lot of money off his writing.

    HP Lovecraft died nearly penniless and still relatively young.

  22. There is a new Red Ice out, published April 15 and with the title

    Acharya – Dharma, Natural Law: A Remedy to the Spiritual Crisis in the West?

    Henrik is interviewing some guy named Acharya who is originally from New York and now an expert on Dharma and Natural Law, and has a book out called The Dharma Manifesto.

    His quick and dirty summary of Dharma and Natural Law is worth the price of admission.

    (For the un-initiated: dharma is natural law.)

  23. The guy himself is a bona fide guru, and my impression from the one hour of Red Ice is that he is sincere and intelligent.

    He spends some time going over his own biography and qualifications, but then (as I said), his explanation on dharma is very lucid.

    The explanation I was working with was from Pirsig and was that dharma is one’s obligation to oneself.

    *****************

    The theme of his talk is that Western people are looking for meaning and being bamboozled by fake gurus and Hollywood, and from every which way.

    Which is quite right, of course. Jung wrote about the spiritual crisis of Western man a 100 years ago, or whenever.

    And the AR is the direct inheritor, and inheritance, of this problem.

    The AR, in its best sense, can be seen as exactly that.

  24. Which is quite right, of course. Jung wrote about the spiritual crisis of Western man a 100 years ago, or whenever.

    I’d say the current crisis is more nietzschean along his “death of God” riffing, (which, btw, I’m pretty sure Jung cribbed his crisis diagnosis from).

    FWIW….. it’s surreal watching the early-evening cable-news runthrough these days: speculative nuclear war talk with N. Korea, Trump pushback on msm; special election spin desperately trying to formulate a larger ‘Democratic comeback.”

    Damn near absurdist, or ordinary explication makes things appear as such; who would’ve foreseen all this—- the typical nightly news digest—– a mere seven months ago?

  25. (which, btw, I’m pretty sure Jung cribbed his crisis diagnosis from)

    How much of Neitzche and Jung have you read? and what specifically?

    And what leads you to assert and maintain that?

  26. nikcrit, what would you know about the spiritual crisis of Western Man.

    Make your case, that you can grasp it.

    For starters, what is it?

    You owe us that much, if you are going to be so flippant in your proclamations.

    Otherwise, please don’t talk so much.

  27. Presenting Jung’s ideas as being cribbed from Neitzche, is comically inept.

    Consider this as a test:

    Why cannot Jung’s ideas be considered to be cribbed from Neitzche?

    There is a right answer, to this.

  28. I will answer my own question, of course, though etiquette should allow for some time.

    But to offer a hint — consider what is the nature of Jung’s big ideas, and then how is their provenance described by their nature?

  29. Presenting Jung’s ideas as being cribbed from Neitzche, is comically inept.

    Consider this as a test:

    No deep conviction on my part; just triggered memories of many-upon-many references claiming that Jung was a Nietzschean; his “Death of God” tangents are often cited as being influential on 20th-century philosophers, analysts, writers and so forth.

    In any case, I had no more specific ‘spiritual crisis’ in mind; so what crucial non-qualifier did I overlook? What ‘right-answer’ has gone straight over my head?

  30. elk: Presenting Jung’s ideas as being cribbed from Neitzche, is comically inept.

    http://www.depthinsights.com/Depth-Insights-scholarly-ezine/e-zine-issue-3-fall-2012/jungs-reception-of-friedrich-nietzsche-a-roadmap-for-the-uninitiated-by-dr-ritske-rensma/

    From the horse’s mouth:
    Jung was fascinated by Nietzsche. From the time he first became gripped by Nietzsche’s ideas as a student in Basel to his days as a leading figure in the psychoanalytic movement, Jung read, and increasingly developed, his own thought in a dialogue with the work of Nietzsche. As the following quote from Memories, Dreams, Reflections reveals, Jung even went as far as to connect Nietzsche to what he saw as the central task underlying his life’s work: “The meaning of my existence is that life has addressed a question to me. That is a supra-personal task, which I accompany only by effort and with difficulty. Perhaps it is a question which preoccupied my ancestors, and which they could not answer? Could that be why I am so impressed by the problem on which Nietzsche foundered: the Dionysian side of life, to which the Christian seems to have lost the way?” (Jung, 1965 [1961], p. 350)

    Geeeeeee, Wilbuuuurrr: Who da heck knew?

  31. Jung himself would not accept that his thoughts and work on the spiritual crisis of Western man, were cribbed from Neitzche, or any other individual.

    He would say that his thoughts works and life, were along with those of Neitzche, synchronous or “co-incidental” responses to a shared field of experience and reality, part of which shared field is the collective unconscious.

    Using the word, cribbed, connotes a direct line of authorship and ownership, from one to the other.

    But not just that word. It is safe to say that Jung would have insisted that Neitzche was not the source of any of his (Jung’s) ideas. (And he would probably also make the point that Neitzche was not the source of his own ideas, but that is another tangent.)

    Those are essential elements of the ideas themselves, that they cannot be assigned to one man or another. And particularly the very Big Idea of the Spiritual Crisis of John Rocker.

    Though ironically Jung himself is credited with many of those ideas.

  32. That quote is good in your defense, trickin — but my point as elaborated in my comment just above supersedes it.

    If you hadn’t used the word “cribbed”:

    “The meaning of my existence is that life has addressed a question to me. That is a supra-personal task, which I accompany only by effort and with difficulty. Perhaps it is a question which preoccupied my ancestors, and which they could not answer? Could that be why I am so impressed by the problem on which Nietzsche foundered: the Dionysian side of life, to which the Christian seems to have lost the way?”

    This goes to my point entirely: Jung calls the work, which is on the question in question (the spiritual crisis), supra-personal, and says that Neitzche foundered on it.

    So how could he have cribbed supra-personal, from someone who foundered on it?

    Nice try, but you have made my case, nikcrit, and ought to concede. Will you?

  33. Using the word, cribbed, connotes a direct line of authorship and ownership, from one to the other.

    Yes, you’re absolutely right; “cribbed” mos’ def can convey a vituperative plagiaristic element —- one I was not implying, however sloppy my usage; I meant ‘cribbed’ in a casual one-to-one blog bud ‘influenced’ type of way, which I concede isn’t some airtight bit o’ rhetoric rebuttal…fwiw, tho: Jung is widely presumed to be a intellectual acolyte, if not outright disciple, of Nietschze. Idk how ‘true’ that is, but i’m pretty sure there’s no real consensus of merit on that anyways.

    If you wish to disparage me further on this, flame away; it’s been a sort-of ‘pile-on-the-woogie” week anway; but please don’t go bustin’ ball over this specific opaque argument; it’s pretty irrelevant to our 21st-century here-n-now and I’m back at work after ten days off and just wish to marinate mildly tonight while watching some NBA early-round playoff action.

    Cam, the Hawks r weak-as-fuk!

  34. Cam, the Hawks r weak-as-fuk!

    For their roster they have over achieved quite a bit. They’re not an elite team, by any means.

    The Hawks have made the playoffs 10 straight years, that is second only to the Spurs.

  35. OT: after renewing her GBFM-dox campaign this weekend, nancy may is tipping her toe into overt trolling tonight, defending the Democreep from accusations of Jewish identity while playing down the threat from immigration. My verse in response, alas, is in mod (as I should’ve known since words like “grandfather” could tip it):

    She’d “heard” that all the immigrants
    After while they’re not so bad;
    So don’t get over agitated,
    It’s your fault if you’re no granddad.

    She’d have to “look up the data”
    But don’t worry, she’s on the case
    Just as soon as she figures out just where
    Da GBFM owns his place.

    That nasty old guy, don’t bother
    He’s probably not a Jew:
    He’s really just a harmless folk
    Another dumb White kook.

    Did she say she’s been to Vermont?
    She sounds quite the authority
    And hadn’t we once an old friend
    Of that general vicinity?

    Oh Nancy, you’re so helpful
    With unibrow so knit,
    But everyday more boldly shows
    How you’re full of (((shit))).

    –yes, she’s claiming knowledge of VERMONT now. What an understudy lolz!

    CH, meanwhile, is going nuclear on shirley bassey (((“tom jones”))), with plaudits all around to CO’s troll-hunting skills. But having previously nailed saruh and lame side, I am sedulous to mount my latest trophy!

  36. The Alt Right symbol. I think it’s the best one out there but of course I am biased.

    — it’s been a sort-of ‘pile-on-the-woogie” week anway

    If you feel insufficiently indulged here, you can go somewhere else.

    — CH, meanwhile, is going nuclear on shirley bassey (((“tom jones”))), with plaudits all around to CO’s troll-hunting skills.

    Heartiste’s hands-off approach has its use in drawing the shills out into the light and so it’s that much nicer to see him unload. Captain Obvious is a national treasure.

  37. If you feel insufficiently indulged here,

    No, actually I think the problem is I was overindulged at times, and as a result in moments got too self-indulgent. Bad form and worse manners. Reel it in some; less is more, etc.

  38. I don’t know if anyone noticed but at the pro-Trump rally in Berkeley a few days ago a huge contingent of rightists showed up and scared the living crap out of the masked antifas who had done so much damage in shutting down the Milo talk 6 weeks ago:

  39. See something familiar?

    Congrats! Do you know the creator or was this the result of meme cross pollination?
    Richard Spencer recently did an interview with a libertarian Jewish comic, Dave Smith, who admitted he was envious of the alt-right because they have all the dank memes now.

  40. PA – I hope this doesn’t ruin your opinion of Stephen King, but he recently wrote a patronizing review of Eric Michael Dyson’s latest anti-white screed: Tears We Can’t Stop: A Sermon to White America. King writes, “Here’s a sermon that’s as fierce as it is lucid…If you’re black, you’ll feel a spark of recognition in every paragraph. If you’re white, Dyson tells you what you need to know―what this white man needed to know, at least. This is a major achievement. I read it and said amen.”

  41. Thanks MGE — I don’t know who created the meme. There is a Facebook I.D. but I’m not familiar with them. I saw it on Gab.ai. As to Stephen King, no surprises about his liberalism, which his generation’s hippies will cling on to.

  42. Steep cuts to the American H1B visa program are on the horizon in the USA:

    Trump signed the executive order to greatly restrict H1B visas today in Kenosha at Snap-On Tools (famous for its paleo-con-ish bikini-girl calendars).

    He said it out loud and signed it in public; that’s what I want to see and see happen.

  43. Cam, what’s the word on that district in suburban Atlanta that everyone’s watching tonight? Why did Trump insert himself so forcefully in a off-season congressional race but with historically symbolic resonance? It seems the potential gains are marginal while possible downside is deep?

  44. Cam, what’s the word on that district in suburban Atlanta that everyone’s watching tonight? Why did Trump insert himself so forcefully in a off-season congressional race but with historically symbolic resonance? It seems the potential gains are marginal while possible downside is deep?

    The 6th District. That’s my district. I voted for the only black candidate, Bruce Levell. He is the most staunch Trump supporter here.

    The short of it – John Ossoff is your typical modern liberal (Jewish kid who attended ritzy private schools then goes off to Georgetown and such, worked for Nancy Pelosi and did some reporting for Al Jazeera’s USA branch)

    Then, Tom Price gets appointed to Secretary of Health by Trump so the governor calls special electtion to replace him.

    This Ossoff kid (who doesn’t live in the district) gets the brilliant idea to start a “make Trump furious” campaign to finance his run for office. He gets a HUGE amount of money from outside the state because the media covers that 24×7.

    It’s going to a runoff in June since no one took 50% of the vote last night.

    It’s a very affluent district, but it’s Marco Rubio territory – he won the primary over Trump here.

  45. Here’s a case that is definitely a strong candidate for Camlost’s annual award:

    Steep cuts to the American H1B visa program are on the horizon in the USA:

  46. re. that link cam posted two or three comments back on this string; i was going to mention that same tragedy yesterday; how nytimes.com dutifully reported it as potential hate crime and noting the racial element and in no way mincing the words or mode of clarification….. i mentioned it to venture that maybe an as-yet-unacknowledged result of alt-right moving fore into the zeitgeist is a sort-of slackening of mealy mouthed p.c. speak and omission in today’s msm media stories and memes.

    I figure that would be an encouraging development.

  47. MGE: Stephen King, but he recently wrote a patronizing review of Eric Michael Dyson’s latest anti-white screed: Tears We Can’t Stop: A Sermon to White America.

    Are you sure that was a bona-fide ‘review?’ I’m guessing it was more a promotional ‘blurb’ offered by a big ‘name’ author and brand to help puff the sails of an established academic-market author who’s venturing more-and-more into general commercial-publishing waters.

    That is a big thing of national publication marketing; blurbs by name authors and other celebrities, even if only peripherally relevant to the topic or author being promoted, are huge commercial-viability factors. And blurbs as you see in MGE’s example are usually hoary, platitudinous and in other ways over-the-top forms of advocating a book, author or subject. In any case, that quote MGE offered of SK”s endorsement of Dyson certainly fit the blurb script.

    One needs to remember; national artistic product: books, albums, television shows, movies, new-media entertainment of all sorts —— there are lakes-upon-lakes feeding sea-upon-seas of ‘content’; for every commercial product you see in some sort of sales venue there are dozens to hundreds more than never saw the light of day; as a result of that numbing and humbling fact, entertainment promotion is almost as big a parallel industry. Brilliantly distinguishing artistic content is arguably a finer and thus ‘more refined’ art in this day and age than finding ‘refined’ artistic product, period.

  48. — Here’s a case that is definitely a strong candidate for Camlost’s annual award:

    I skimmed through that article about the black who killed his mudshark girlfriend and their daughter. From the article:

    Fowler, 33, had earlier described how much he loved Ellenberger but how she wasn’t as committed to him and was talking to him “like he was a dog.” He said he grabbed a knife from her kitchen and followed her to Madyson’s room.

    There is more, all of it pointing to a cunt who was more intelligent than him pressing his buttons until he lost it and grabbed a knife. I feel not in the least bit sorry for the parties involved. Good riddance; “not my circus, not my monkeys,” as goes the old Polish saying.

    Back in the Army I’ve heard blacks going on about how White bitches be freaky, crazy, as opposed to the grounded sistahs. The thing is, though, a White girl who crosses racial lines is by definition a headcase, so that’s what the brothas know, that’s what they see. Going back on my earlier declaration of no-pity, I actually feel a bit bad for the black guy in that story. You have the impulse control you’re born with, not your fault in a way when a cunt 25 IQ points above you fucks with your head. Go ahead and read about his conversation with the detectives. He’s not a monster, just a dumb fuck who should have stayed away from mudsharks.

  49. — Here’s a case that is definitely a strong candidate for Camlost’s annual award:

    The article says they were only together for 2 months, so that mulatto child is not even his. It belongs to a prior brother.

  50. More unbelievable fake news from the NYT. Regarding the Patriots visit to the White House yesterday, they post “comparison” photos from 2015 to 2017 showing “sparse crowd”. Patriots forced to point out that 34 players attended (as opposed to 36 in 2015) and that the people on stairs were coaches/assistants and were moved to the South Lawn:

  51. I feel not in the least bit sorry for the parties involved. Good riddance

    Well, one might extend some sorrow for the little kid; she of course had precious nothing to do with what led up to things going the way they did.

    I just can’t relate to the hyper-pussywhipped mentality required for such psychotic over-reaction; What in the world about that woman —- her visage; her day-to-day-life, whatever —– would lead someone to react that strongly? Also, i thought this case was unusual if indeed the woman is Jewish, as they’re usually not in such relationships (though disproportionately are in cross-racial relationships if the black male is among PA’s ‘talented 10th.”)

    Ellenberger, that’s typically but not exclusively a Jewish name.

  52. — would lead someone to react that strongly?

    Women know how to push buttons. Many of us I’m sure have at some point been driven to an emotional state somewhere between extreme annoyance and outright rage by a woman. Now imagine such a woman having 25 or however many IQ points of firepower over you.

    Camille Paglia was once asked why lower class women instigate domestic violence. Her answer as I recall it: “because it makes for hot sex!”

  53. I am not good at finding jpeg images to post in these threads. Sorry’s!

    But take a look at that deceased woman agh the link, with the classic German Wisconsin man jaw, dirty blonde hair, very blue eyes, and moderately bad acne. She could not be more out of central casting, for Upper Midwest (non-jewish) White American bitches of German descent.

    I went to high school with 50 of her cousins. “literally”

    She looks like she could suck a mean dick, in spite of the acne and the yellow teeth. (and the man jaw)

    The old WN blogger Mindweapon liked to speculate that laying with black men caused the skin of white women to get greasy and deteriorate through a chemical osmosis. And this picture of her might would seem evidence of that.

  54. — The old WN blogger Mindweapon liked to speculate that laying with black men caused the skin of white women to get greasy and deteriorate through a chemical osmosis.

    I remember that post, didn’t realize that you lurked at MWIR. That was one of my top 5 all-time favorite blogs.

  55. Elk, when you see a photo on a Website just right click on it and choose “open image/link in new tab.”

  56. The chances that Ellenberger is anything but non-jewish White American of predominantly German descent are exactly ZERO.

    I don’t ever believe ‘Jewdar’ is that reliable; I mentioned here awhile back that i learned from going to an over-50% Jewish high school that, while there are dupa-stereotypes that exist exemplifying ‘looking Jewish’ there are almost just as many surprises in that you can’t tell either way, or you strongly suspect but are wrong. I think the pop star Beck is a good example and one that you (elk) mentioned sometime back: turns out he is Jewish, and while i wouldn’t have easily presumed as much, I wasn’t really surprised to learn that he was. That scenario prevails much of the time when someone tries brandishing their Jewdar.

    In the girl above’s case, I don’t see anything super telling in her look; rather, i just go with the ‘berger’ in the surname; if anything is a sure ‘tell’ more than looks, it’s a surname boasting ‘stein’ or ‘berg,’

    But I guess that can be deceiving too.

  57. I’ve never seen many Jewish girls dumb enough to become single moms… especially to someone of underwhelming earning power.

  58. Cubs-mania is going off the charts.

    http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/19206395/chicago-cubs-rings-selling-memorabilia-hotcakes

    They are selling memorabilia at 5 times the rate of any other World Series champion, even the Red Sox and Yankees.

    I think the Cubs mania for white folks is just a bit of nostalgia – remembering back to the whitopia days when middle-class white folks with kids could live in walkable big cities peaceably, and with safe local public schools.

  59. — remembering back to the whitopia

    Imagine how electrifying it can be when you actually see that which you’re nostalgic about. I never did a post on my visit to Poland last summer because there was too much to psychologically digest, so I just included some of the anecdotes and observations in posts on other subjects.

    One of the things that floored me though, was being in a smallish city and seeing everyone there White. Bus drivers and passengers, taxi drivers, store clerks, patients in a state-run medical clinic. It’s one thing to be aware of such things in concept and something completely different to actually be there.

    The biggest thing that hit me though was walking through a municipal park as evening was getting dark and seeing no end to White kids all over the place, a teenage couple making out, people just hanging out and taking all that clean air for granted, nobody in a hurry to get home. I saw two cops, they looked about 17 years old and they pulled up into the park to order a drunk sleeping on a park bench to leave.

    One feels murderous toward anyone who’d threaten such a place.

  60. Are you sure that was a bona-fide ‘review?’ I’m guessing it was more a promotional ‘blurb’ offered by a big ‘name’ author and brand to help puff the sails of an established academic-market author who’s venturing more-and-more into general commercial-publishing waters.

    OK it was a “blurb” not a “review” I guess. Sorry I don’t know the industry jargon.
    I thumbed through the book at Barnes and Noble the other day. It’s essentially an extended format high dudgeon whine directed at white people using the latest academic anti-racism lingo. I bet this is Dyson’s “me-too” project after he saw the commercial success of Tah Nehisi Coates’ book targeted at his SWPL suckups. Like TNC, Dyson says he set out to write something more serious, but instead he shat out this “sermon.” Oh the unstoppable tears!!!

  61. “One feels murderous toward anyone who’d threaten such a place.”

    Ok, I did one of my ‘anecdotal-empirical-proof” experiments and read your above comment in its entirety to a senior advanced-placement English rhetoric-&-composition class (for the record, the class is comprised of the following demographics: 31 total kids; 21 white, 7 hispanic, 3 black).

    First, I asked how many would like to visit or ‘socialize’ or ‘hang-out’ in such a hypothetical whitopia like PA characterized. Answer: 3 kids raised their hands—- two Hispanics and ONE white kid (go figure??!).

    Second: How many here wish t hey could LIVE in such a domestic milieu? Answer: Zero, though a couple of kids said things along the lines of “IF we lived there, would we be allowed to visit and hang out with other types of people and then come home?” etc…

    Third: Even if you don’t want to live in such a place, do you think other people have the right to determine who can and cannot live in their neighborhood? Answer: there was a bit of confusion, given my admittedly somewhat muddled or confusing question, but various reps from all the demographics present seemed to offer a sort-of libertarian-ish “I guess, if the percentage naturally came out that one-sided” or “No, not if someone who wants to live there is excluded because of their ‘language and/or race” etc…..

    All-in-all, I suppose the result wasn’t terribly surprising but was interesting nonetheless to give a moment’s considerationi too.

    One interesting tangent that I believe only I took notice of: When speaking or describing or pointing out any sort of racial or ethnic lines of delineation and/or demaracation, NAM kids more than white kids —- but KIDS in general, period, tend to speak of language barriers and even intra-English variances in dialect and patois as m uch as they do established racial and ethnic categories (i.e., a brown-skinned woman who carried a white-ish ‘Valley-girl” accent wouldn’t automatically be fully categorized as ‘black’ or ‘Hispanic’ in their casually assortative minds, though they would likely note or comprehend the ethnic ‘otherness’ on a case-by-case basis.

    In any case, I figured I’d just share this little ethnic mind-fugure of an experiement—– for amusement as much as anything.

    (p.s.—- this, you realize, could very easily find its way into my actual work production, as many of my assessments and summaries include such observations. Lol!)

  62. Answer: 3 kids raised their hands—- two Hispanics and ONE white kid (go figure??!).

    Tell that one White kid that I owe him a beer after he turns 21. He appears to have been the only one who either had the courage of conviction or insight beyond his age among his peers.

    Your class exercise reminded me of a lecture on Milton’s “Paradise Lost.” Our professor was a brilliant and intimidating man and very liberal. He read to us the part about the creation of Eve, along with Milton’s lines about her feminine charms, all of which were an anathema to then-reigning militant academic feminism.

    The professor paused and asked us: “how many of you men in the class would like a girlfriend like that?”

    Nobody raised his hand.

    PS: aren’t some of those kids gonna find you here if they remember enough of the comment’s language to look it up?

  63. think the Cubs mania for white folks is just a bit of nostalgia – remembering back to the whitopia days when middle-class white folks with kids could live in walkable big cities peaceably, and with safe local public schools.

    I recall your reflecting on a trip to Wrigley and comparing its racial milieu to that of going to a Braves game: interesting but I think you ‘over-caucasian-ized’ your outing to Wrigley; it’s not that uniformly white an environment. Granted, Chicago was a classically ‘Great Migration’ Rustbelt city —- the prototype, in fact —— but it’s really not that segregated nowadays; the neighborhood, Wrigelyville, is sort-of like Dallas’ Deep Ellum or Atlanta’s Bucktown —- the unofficial-official young SWPL hipster district, so the residential numbers are pretty white. But seeing black people aplenty in the area is not unusual.

  64. I too saw that Trump-Nugent-Kid-Rock-Palin piece in nytimes.com and was going to post it; you beat me to it.

    Note the difference in tone between Brian McCollum and (((Glenn Thrush))).

  65. Answer: 3 kids raised their hands—- two Hispanics and ONE white kid (go figure??!).

    Some of your answer depends on exactly how you ask the question, though.

    The white kids have been programmed to flee from “proud white” as being uncool, or to only cling to white in a way that doesn’t hurt other people’s feeling or “exclude.”

    But if you asked the kids where they’d rather live – “Mexico, Germany or Africa” I think we all know the result you’d get there.

  66. PS: arent some of those kids gonna find you here if they remember enough of the comment’s language to look it up?

    I doubt it, as I camouflage and fabulize a few irrelevant details to avoid discovery —- at least when i remember to do as much. Even then, I don’t think i’d be controversial; I AM somewhat the token-lib here among you awful alabaster raycists. And I think my vocational peers and assessors are open to hypothetical debate about racial protocols, if dressed with enough intellectual objectivity and detachment.

    Actually, what I do worry about in terms of inducing inflammatory over-reaction, is how August minds would react to your little cannibalistic pic; THAT’s the kind of stuff that I think is unnecessarily a flag-raiser—– and that’s the kind of thing that folks remember and point out, drawing the kind of scrutiny one could do without.

  67. “One feels murderous toward anyone who’d threaten such a place.”

    But seeing black people aplenty in the area is not unusual.

    We’ve talked about this, but the nice parts of the northside of Chicago are a big URBAN Whitopia. Conceptually, it’s hard for you to see since you’re from that region and you’re quite comfortable around white folks. Also, I don’t know if you understand how different the actual structure of metro areas are down here compared to the MW or NE.

    Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago is 80% white, lots of middle and working class:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_View,_Chicago

    I realize that the rest of Chicago is much different, but that’s still a white enclave, and a very sizable one at that. That’s part of the Cubs mystique – a cool, walkable, uber urban bartopia.

    There’s no urban neighborhood in the Sun Belt that is comparable for whites, whites were driven completely out of cities 35 years ago, all across the board. If you’re white you simply can’t raise kids in urban environments unless you’re several medians above average income, and kids wouldn’t attend public schools.

    Around here you’d have to go a minimum of 50 miles away from downtown Atlanta to start seeing 80% white anything.

    Also, no neighborhood in Atlanta has density anywhere near the 30,000 per square mile of that area. Atlanta maxes out at around 10,000 per square mile, and that includes areas like Buckhead or Midtown with 35-story condo buildings.

  68. I don’t know why you’re so concerned about the cannibal photo. It’s a legit news photo. BBC did an interview with him and lots of other photos of the incident are in that article. The victim was an adult and the pic is blurry due to the motion of the subject.


  69. Actually, what I do worry about in terms of inducing inflammatory over-reaction, is how August minds would react to your little cannibalistic pic; THAT’s the kind of stuff that I think is unnecessarily a flag-raiser—– and that’s the kind of thing that folks remember and point out, drawing the kind of scrutiny one could do without.

    Nothing’s off the table when the goal is to depict whites as barbarians. I remember graphic lynching photos in my high school text book, and of course multiple field trips to holocaust museums.

    quit concern trolling. You’re just feeling what whites have been going through for decades before we had the internet to counter the narrative, and you don’t like it.

  70. Actually, what I do worry about in terms of inducing inflammatory over-reaction

    Over-reaction from who? American blacks? They don’t give a rat’s ass* about Africans and will laugh and express disgust with Africans and call them tribal bootyscratchers right alongside anyone else in America. They don’t send a dime to Africans or even make a pretense that they feel any kinship with those people.

    I know it’s fashionable now for leading black Democrats (like Obama or Toure or Farrakhan) or whoever to talk about the “global struggle” and embrace academia-type theories of black political unity but American blacks DGAF about any of that – they just keep pulling the “D” lever as a vote for lax policing and bigger government.

  71. I should make “worry” a mod trigger word. Some of Trickin’s concern trolling is so sneaky I respond to it like it’s a legitimate point.

  72. quit concern trolling. You’re just feeling what whites have been going through for decades before we had the internet to counter the narrative, and you don’t like it.

    That is sooo fantastically ridiculous: we were talking about inadvertent discovery and i was saying I’d worry more about that cannibalism pic than any measured, academic and hypothetical racial discourse here.

    If you recall, it was PA himself who wondered aloud if I worried about ‘being discovered’; I didn’t even raise the point. But yet MGE, in his ever bolder brown-nosing political about-face, has to make me his strawman, attributing fears and paranoias to me that I do not possess.

    [I wasn’t worried about anything. I was making a common sense point about safeguarding one’s anonymity based on your description of the classroom talk — PA]

    Or maybe you’re right: everything I did and said here today was just a covert attempt to raise the cannibalism pic in an attempt to get the host to censor it. Do you think I’m ashamed of that pic through some sort of racial assimilation? Lol! I’m probably more similar in features and tone to the white commenters here than I am the man-eats-man brother in the picture!

    MGE, serious—- I wish you’d stop your bullshit with me; enough Luke, you’re on your own now; may the force be with you!

  73. Over-reaction from who?

    Among general sense of outrage and attention-grabbing in the modern-age, period.

    NOT some sort of politicized, racially polarizing sense of outrage.

    We were talking about how an obscure blog would go about gathering attention and scrutiny that it could do without. (even though we were talking lightly and casually about such). And I ventured that shockingly prurient pics like that, moreso than politically incorrect speech, could bring about unwanted scrutiny that could conceivably lead to being outed.

    [if this isn’t concern trolling, it’s certainly a strange position to hold. The photo is not “shocking.” and what “scrutiny”? NSA already knows more about me than I do. “Hey,” said an outraged SJW to another, “Lets figure out who this ‘Pennsylvania’ guy is. That afro-culinary pic is a bridge too far! We must superslouth this…. Hmmm, he lives in the DC area, so that narrows it down…. DAMN that photo of the snacking Australopithecus is TRIGGERING me!!! hold me, Trigglypuff! *sob*” — PA]

    More people would notice, let alone be shocked, by that pic than by anything we say here about politics or race.

    Sometimes we forget about how profoundly indifferent America and Americans can be.

  74. American blacks? They don’t give a rat’s ass* about Africans and will laugh and express disgust with Africans and call them tribal bootyscratchers right alongside anyone else in America. They don’t send a dime to Africans or even make a pretense that they feel any kinship with those people.

    I know! Your above quote sounds like something I would say —– and something I would witness and take note of everyday compared to most everyone here.

    It’s fukin’ ridiculous to think i’m ‘concern trolling,’ because in truth I don’t worry about this stuff in a personal way at all and I sure as hell don’t seek to literally change someone’s stated opinion.

    Rather, I sometimes say contrary opinions because it’s what I theoretically believe and those are editorialized opinions we share on blogs like this.

    NO CLANDESTINE AGENDA SOUGHT OR ATTEMPTED!. Lol!!

  75. This cannibal leg pic has exploded across the net now. If you do a reverse image search it appears in a ton of places. It’s all over Reddit.

  76. [if this isn’t concern trolling, it’s certainly a strange position to hold

    Whatever, I don’t know. Perhaps I cannot be believed, but i really don’t seek to change anyone’s published words if they don’t want to. I sometimes argue against their view —– because, well, I hold a DIFFERENT view. But I fully understand that folk are going to say what they will.

    I mean, do you think I believe I’m going to get LBF to write platitudinous remarks about MLK day and celebrate Kwanzza?

    IDK, I just thought it was funny that you think i’m so dead-set on ‘concern -trolling’ that I would ‘trick’ you into responding to it.

    In truth, you’re initial response to my remark was in the innocent and near-indifferent tone I intended.

    ——————————————————————————————————

    @Cam: any words on that 104-77, 3-seed-over-6-seed Bucks victory last night?

  77. p.s.@PA: IDK, in my casual parlance, I would say that the pic of the guy eating a human league could pass as “shocking.”

    Still, the only real concern i have about it is over how it induced in me a several-day aversion to eating any beef, poultry or pork!

    [I will post a pic of Louise Ciccone next and give you aversion to fish. *rimshot* — PA]

  78. @Cam: any words on that 104-77, 3-seed-over-6-seed Bucks victory last night?

    Jason Kidd is a much better coach than I thought. The story of the Greek Freak having to “google” Jason Kidd to see just how good he was as an NBA player is quite hilarious. And if you hate Duke. well Kidd is your guy since he sent them home packing from the NCAA tourney as a player once in one of Duke’s few early exits.

    The addition of Serge was supposed to put Toronto over the top but they’re worse off for it.

    You know black folks don’t root for hometown teams like the Bucks, right? Even if they actually live in Milwaukee. They’re front-runners who only root for Lebron or Curry or the top 2-3 players in the league. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  79. You know black folks don’t root for hometown teams like the Bucks, right? Even if they actually live in Milwaukee. They’re front-runners who only root for Lebron or Curry or the top 2-3 players in the league

    Actually, as part of the elaborate ‘official’ and ‘unoffiicial’ PR blitz the Bucks are unloading upon Milwaukee to energize the new stadium-building developments, culture and public relations blitz, they’ve actually developed some local-player recognition development amongst the locals, inner-city folk among the ex-urban white fans who pay for things alongside the broadcast revenue; as a result ‘The Greek Freak” and even lesser-knowns are now municipal household names.

    Speaking of NAM monomania for only those chosen few NBA stars, such as LeBron, Curry and few others, I thought this clip today on First Take was sort-of interesting if rather predictable in the long run, etc. ….. check it out later, as it’s not yet posted on the website: basically, Stephen Smith and his new counterpart go into a rap about how Curry, being the son of a star NBA player and being light-skinnned black, has been accorded superstar status without having to go through the hurdles, scrutiny and doubting that darker NBA superstars have had to endure, i.e. Lebron, Jordan, etc. Both make the point that this is no bad on Curry but rather on the sports media mediationocracy that, intentionally or not, has applied a Mandingo-like colorization hierarchy on according NBA superstar status….

    I’m sure the alt-right will be sympathetic to such clear and obvious exploitation!

  80. basically, Stephen Smith and his new counterpart go into a rap about how Curry, being the son of a star NBA player and being light-skinnned black, has been accorded superstar status without having to go through the hurdles, scrutiny and doubting that darker NBA superstars have had to endure, i.e. Lebron, Jordan, etc. Both make the point that this is no bad on Curry but rather on the sports media mediationocracy that, intentionally or not, has applied a Mandingo-like colorization hierarchy on according NBA superstar status….

    About 9 months ago I first heard rumblings of this type – in bleacher report there was an article about how Lebron, Westbrook, Harden and such “don’t particularly care” for Curry, feeling as if he hasn’t paid dues like everyone else to get his endorsements and TV omnipresence.

    During my younger years hanging out with basketball players they all hated Doug Christie for what I can mainly determine to be skin tone reasons, if you remember him and all his reality TV glory.

  81. Now for Its latest trick…
    Be so unbelievable
    One’s believable…
    Get a leg up
    It’s a cannibal
    Can of “bull”
    Bought and sold
    Dizzying the masses
    Into collective lull…
    Neat trick, ya’ll
    A psychological cannon ball!
    Wrecking and decking
    The white dining hall
    Where “we” eat-n-greet
    And avoid The Fall.
    But not like fanatics
    Just by standing tall…
    It don’t get…
    That tricky after thought…

  82. If one is fed dog shit from the very start of his pup days, do not be surprised that he STILL readily gobbles up dog shit… But even more importantly, don’t ever believe his master to be anything other than Evil.

  83. Oh great, now I got Thordaddy exposing me and my evil and manipulative ‘neat trick’ racial sophistry.

    Never mind that I was more or less the one that lured Thor over to our trilogy of blogs during the past several years; (If memory serves me right).

    Thor, here’s a newsflash: you have to comprehend what someone is saying before you’re able to deceive and manipulate his words.

  84. On the subject of Stephen King:

    The Stand features a classic gamma character in Harold Lauder, the overweight teen who develops an obsession with Fran, the only other survivor from his Maine town. I recall the scene in which Fran sees Harold cruising around their deserted hometown in his dead neighbor’s Cadillac. She feels the same revulsion that all healthy women feel towards gamma males.

    Another character, the college professor,Glen, is a gamma in the John Lennon/Keith Olbermann vein. He is happy to berate those he views as a political enemy with his talking points, although King also emphasizes his kind heart and good humor, so he is perhaps a mix of gamma and delta or even sigma.

    During the last, dying days of civilization in The Stand, one of the top news stories in the USA concerns the Supreme Court passing gay rights legislation. I always interpreted that as a nod towards Nero fiddling while Rome burned. I wonder if modern day, ultra-liberal Stephen King would ever include a similar scenario in one of his books?

    A more recent epic, Under the Dome, is a ham-fisted critique of the George W Bush presidency. Despite the fact that Under the Dome is as thick with pages as The Stand, none of the characters have the same depth and development.

    Hardcore Stephen King fans usually state that The Dark Tower series is his best work. Personally, I disagree and prefer his earlier work, such as Salem’s Lot and “The Long Walk.”

  85. Harold was a classic gamma character. He ended up pairing up with (really, being used by as I remember it), a woman who was being groomed to be Flagg’s/Satan’s bride.

    Stephen King did memorable Delta characters. One of them was the deaf young man (forgot his name) and the other was Red/Tex — he had a folksy name along those lines — who took care of the pregnant Fran. They were well developed personalities in the mold of someone more or less ordinary, whom you nevertheless respect as a role model.

    — I wonder if modern day, ultra-liberal Stephen King would ever include a similar scenario in one of his books?

    There was also a scene in the early stages of the plague of black NCOs in US Marine Corps units (same disclaimer, as I recall it decades later) putting on an African chieftan act and executing their White junior enlisted Marines.

    Nikcrit: I meant to add, kudos to you for bringing up my small city anecdote in your class. As described, you did a valuable thing, in making your students THINK about another reality or that another way to live is possible. A mere fact that a “diverse” authority figure like yourself broached the subject to bright teenagers in an objective manner is, well, no presumption or intrusion into your field of endeavor intended, but, job well done.

  86. My favorite Stephen King novel was “The Dead Zone.” I know that it is now pushed “hint-hint” in light of libs’ wish-fulfillment in the political sphere… I did strongly relate to the protagonist John Smith when reading it at 13. I re-read the book at 25, and that was still the case.

    One technical flaw in the book was the sex scene between Smith and his girlfriend after they reunite a decade later. At 13 when I was green, and at 25 when I knew how things work, the love scene was sort of formless, hard to figure out what happened after they lay on the blanket. Not well written. But that’s a nitpick.

    One thing the book did for me at 13, is instill in me a curiosity for small New England towns, especially with those gazebos in town squares. I did drive around New Hampshire in my late 20s and take note of those towns with scenes from that book in mind.

  87. PA,

    It’s been about five years since I last read The Stand, so some of my recollections may be a bit off as well. But it’s a great book, easily one of King’s best.

    The deaf man was Nick Andros, the highly intelligent and personable Greek who ironically becomes best friends with Tom Cullen, the clairvoyant and developmentally disabled man with an approximate IQ of 65.

    The other man you are referring to is probably Stu Redman, from East Texas (paging Each Pond Gone…).

    On the Vox Day scale, I would argue that those men, along with Ralph, the Okie, and Larry, the singer/songwriter from CA/NYC, are Deltas who become Betas after the end of civilization. Before the fall of man, they are likable yet unsuccessful men who happen into their role as leaders post-civilization without planning or ambition on their end.

    The one true Alpha male of The Stand is Randall Flagg, who also happens to be the Earthly manifestation of the Anti-Christ. The two white spree murderers, Poke and The Kid, strike me as Alphas as well. I believe they are based on Charles Starkweather and Billy the Kid. Both are put down violently by Flagg.

    The true Sigma character is probably The Judge.

    I had forgotten about the the black soldier mutiny. From what I remember, it happens live on TV, with Fran watching. It occurs in a Price is Right-style gameshow setting, with the blacks executing white soldiers at random until an outside military squad storms the studio and puts down both guilty and innocent alike.

    I have additional thoughts about The Stand but I am too busy drinking craft beer right now (Lagunitas). Na zdrowie!

  88. My favorite Stephen King novel was “The Dead Zone.”

    Mine is too, though it’s nearly irrelevant because the only other books of his i believe that i’ve read are “Christine” and “Firestarter.” I really never got into the genre; i think that’ s probably true for many NAMs. Ironically, I think that sci-fi is a genre that could actually provide some fresh insight and context to racial issues, politics, conflict and debate —– which is currently in a very tired state and that much worse for wear.

    Has anyone here ever read the work of Octavia Butler? I’ve read a few of her essays and such but never one of her books.

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