07 February 2011


A phenomenal article from Lawrence Wright was published this morning in The New Yorker Magazine.  There is a whole lot of awesome in this article, not the least of which is this:
At the meeting, Davis and I also discussed Hubbard’s war record. His voice filling with emotion, he said that, if it was true that Hubbard had not been injured, then “the injuries that he handled by the use of Dianetics procedures were never handled, because they were injuries that never existed; therefore, Dianetics is based on a lie; therefore, Scientology is based on a lie.” He concluded, “The fact of the matter is that Mr. Hubbard was a war hero.”
Hubbard was not injured in the way he claimed (lame and blind), the medical condition he had at the end of the war remained at least into the 1950s (duodenal ulcer) and Dianetics is based on a lie (it is NOT science.) 
Davis acknowledged that some of Hubbard’s medical records did not appear to corroborate Hubbard’s version of events.
Thanks for agreeing, Mr. Davis.  When you find your way out of the cult, I'd like to buy you a beer.

Read the entire article at The New Yorker online.

04 February 2011

This Week's Maltin Prompt 

Okay, people. Here is this week's prompt, chosen at random from Leonard Maltin's 2011 Movie Guide:
Tyrone is officer suddenly in command of lifeboat holding survivors from sunken luxury liner. Tense, exciting study of people fighting to stay alive while exposed to savage seas and each other. 
Remember, there is only one rule: Write. For screenplays, play scripts, or short stories, let's keep it somewhere between two to five pages. Poets, songwriters, etc., do your thing. It doesn't have to have a beginning or an end. The important thing is to take this prompt and put words together.

When you're done, post the result as a comment below or post it anywhere and drop me a link!

This is a critical-free zone! We're just loosening up and stretching our writer muscles. So let's hop to it! The (entirely arbitrary) deadline is a little over 24 hours from now: midnight tomorrow night.

Get writing!