Ayn Rand and Adult-Onset Adolescence

THE FOUNTAINHEAD is one of my personal all-time favorite must-read novels; it establishes Ayn Rand as a major, domineering fiction writer.  I’ve read that she wrote it on methamphetamines, and tho I have never tried them and therefore know not whereof I speak, let me say that it really shows! Reader, I said “major, domineering …

The End Of Privacy, or, I For One Welcome Our New Google Overlords!

When I first moved to Toronto, David Samis (yes, the David Samis) invited me to a presentation evening called Trampoline Hall.  Actually, this was before the Internet became huge-huge, and although it was long before YouTube, it was like what you might today call a live, local “TED Talk” on a stage.  The presenter that …

Susan Klebold on Dylan Klebold

School shooters are compelling personalities; two of my screenplays feature them as main characters.  Just look at the storm of guessing the motivations and causes behind the Columbine shooting tragedy; people love to talk about and hear about school shooters. In my most recent script, “Z., or, Zombie High School Massacre”, in which a repentant …

How Batman is morally worthy

One cinema writer I really enjoy is FilmCritHulk, who recently challenged readers evaluate and assess their personal reasons behind their devoted affinity for Bruce Wayne (who is in actuality also the wanted sci-tech vigilante known as (the) Batman).  Hulk further questions us about the fantasy of indulgence in BATMAN. Having thought about it a great …