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A Good Time to Die

Posted on: October 7th, 2014 by Warren Adler No Comments

Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel is director of the Clinical Bioethics Department of the US National Institutes of Health, and heads the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. He has been acknowledged as the prime mover and advocate for Obamacare. His article in The Atlantic titled, “Why I Hope to Die at 75,” should scare the hell out of most of those still shy of that number. He is not kidding.

In what he believes is a convincing and logical argument, the good doctor cites a tsunami of hard statistics, stating that after 75, the body declines precipitously, with major cost of health care occurring beyond that age. That dying before such decline begins, would not only save the government enormous sums of money, but also spare the afflicted, and their loved ones needless and prolonged pain and anxiety. Dr. Emanuel also adds that his conviction to die at 75 drives his daughters crazy.…

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Why Do Women Read More Novels Than Men?

Posted on: September 17th, 2014 by Warren Adler 1 Comment

There is ample statistical evidence showing that adult women read more novels than men, attend more book clubs than men, use libraries more than men, buy more books than men, take more creative writing courses than men, and probably write more works of fiction than men. If, as a demographic, they suddenly stopped reading, the novel would nearly disappear.

A recent perusal of the New York Times fiction best-seller list, scoring sales of print and e-books combined, showed that of the fifteen titles listed, eleven were written by women. Indeed, women are the bulwarks of the novel trade. Those statistics could lead one to also believe that the reason for such disparity is that stories told in novels, the characters, plots, insights, inner thoughts, experiences and wisdom offered are skewed to reflect a female point of view.

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My Watergate

Posted on: August 7th, 2014 by Warren Adler No Comments

Up front let me say that my relationship with the Watergate scandal, which happened forty years ago and brought down Richard Nixon has always been peripheral; my role, merely, the typical fly on the wall observations of a novelist in search of a story to tell.

I do admit that my strange relationship with this national trauma prompted me to produce a novel entitled The Henderson Equation, which in retrospect might have unwittingly struck a vein of hard truth about this seminal event not apparent at the time.

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Nobody Gives a Damn, But…

Posted on: August 4th, 2014 by Warren Adler No Comments

For those of you who got a kick out of my first Nobody Gives a Damn, But… column, inspired by the great sportswriter Jimmy Cannon, I offer thanks. The initial traction encourages me to keep at it…Writing is my life and most of the time I’m deep into novels, plays, poems and essays. But like a busman’s holiday I enjoy sounding off and apparently millions of people have the same urge, especially in the free for all of the internet. Hell, it’s a Tower of Babel out there. I’m just offering my squeak and hope people get it.

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Right You Are…the Past is Prologue

Posted on: July 22nd, 2014 by Warren Adler 2 Comments

To my mind, Jimmy Cannon was the greatest sports writer who ever lived. He died more than 40 years ago. He made it to the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

I read his columns in the New York Post avidly and religiously. When he wasn’t writing about sports, he was musing, offering his personal, mostly one or two liner opinions, about anything that hit his off-the-charts observant eye. Most had little to do with sports.

He called the columns “Nobody Asked Me But….” They were often acerbic, outspoken, opinionated, hilarious, judgmental and, to today’s readers, joyously, bravely, and courageously politically incorrect. I loved them.

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Maybe We Want a Sexy Prexy

Posted on: August 6th, 2013 by Warren Adler No Comments

… maybe it is the electorate that wants a person with a hyperactive libido, a “sexy prexy.” Both Weiner and Spitzer obviously believe that they are fulfilling that requirement…

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Video Trailer: Target Churchill – A Thriller Torn from the Pages of History

Posted on: July 6th, 2013 by Warren Adler No Comments

Target Churchill – A Thriller Torn from the Pages of History from Warren Adler on Vimeo.

As Great Britain and the United States celebrate a victorious end to WWII, Joseph Stalin’s relentless Soviet Union is creeping across Eastern Europe leaving a trail of devastation and murder in its wake.

Winston Churchill, the cigar-puffing icon of the British fighting spirit embarks on a crusade to lift the veil of secrecy that hangs over Stalin’s mission. Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri sets the diplomatic stage upon which the world’s political players grapple for supremacy as Churchill delivers his fated Iron Curtain speech on March 5th 1946.

Soviet operatives have infiltrated British and American governments at the highest level. As Churchill prepares to launch the Cold War, Stalin unleashes his trained mole, an American Nazi who served in Hitler’s SS. His mission: Assassinate Winston Churchill.

Churchill travels with a lone bodyguard, W.H. Thompson, a former British police officer who protected Churchill faithfully through the turbulent years of war.…

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America is watching ‘War of the Roses’ 2013-style starring Obama and Boehner

Posted on: January 14th, 2013 by Jason Bruce No Comments

The most famous talked-about couple in Washington needs serious therapy. No, not Michelle and Barack – I’m talking about the  President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner.

Watching those two guide the country through difficult times is like witnessing “The War of the Roses” – the film variety. 

Unfortunately, instead of the relatively trivial matter of managing household finances, our elected leaders need to come together on solving our country’s dire fiscal problems. Most immediately, they need to raise the nation’s debt ceiling.

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Dad’s Boys

Posted on: November 1st, 2012 by Warren Adler 3 Comments

“…the power of family ties, not simply the genetic pull of blood relationships but the core value of the American bedrock, which is that we are all related by heritage, history and common ideals. Not to be part of a family, from the most basic of its definitions, is a form of exile.”

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Stuck in the Middle

Posted on: October 18th, 2012 by Warren Adler No Comments

I must confess that the only place I felt politically comfortable was the thirty years I spent in Washington, D.C., circa pre-Reagan assassination attempt. Politics in those days was a day job and at night the politicos would mix and mingle and checked all their animosity at the door and everyone was in the middle. From what I see from here, those days are over.

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Warren Adler: From man-about-town to the life-and-death obsession to write

Posted on: August 31st, 2012 by Jason Bruce No Comments

By Erin Williams, August 30, 2012
(Article originally published in The Washington Post)

Warren Adler has lived more lives than the most feisty of cats. His storied career began six decades ago when he served as the only Washington correspondent for the Armed Force Press Service, a position that had him covering White House news conferences during the Truman administration.

He went on to become a man about town, creating both his own public-relations firm focused on real estate and politics (he publicized the Watergate when it was new and Richard Nixon’s 1969 presidential campaign) and the now-defunct society magazine Washington Dossier, which meant rubbing elbows with newspaper publishers and presidents alike.

After publishing his first novel at 45, the 84-year-old now has completed 33 books, 12 of which have been optioned for movies, including the 1989 hit film “The War of the Roses.” On Wednesday, Adler, who is also an e-book pioneer, will return to Washington to sign copies of his latest book, “The Serpent’s Bite.” Before he takes his victory lap, he discussed Washington of yesteryear, creating a legacy and why he, quite literally, lives to write.…

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My Watergate

Posted on: June 26th, 2012 by Warren Adler No Comments

Up front let me say that my relationship with the Watergate scandal, which happened forty years ago and brought down Richard Nixon has always been peripheral; my role, merely, the typical fly on the wall observations of a novelist in search of a story to tell.

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The Most Divisive Political Campaign in History

Posted on: May 15th, 2012 by Warren Adler No Comments

Fasten your seatbelts, boys and girls, we are about to embark on the most divisive, assaultive and malicious political campaign in American history. It will also be the most expensive.

Whatever your political affiliation, whatever one of hundreds of passionate causes you embrace, this election season will be both virtual and geographic ground zero for making one’s voice heard. The objective as always will be to make the message attract as much media and Internet attention as possible.

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Voting Maybe

Posted on: April 13th, 2012 by Warren Adler No Comments

I no longer take anything at face value. Like Freud asking, “What do women want?” I find myself asking this question without regard to gender, embellishing it further with yet other questions like: “What does he or she really mean?” or “What is he or she thinking?” or “What does he or she want me to believe?”

Perhaps, being steeped in the irony of my profession as a novelist, I am getting paranoid. I have discovered that I am developing a kind of shell, an armor, that is trying to protect me from manipulation. My level of distrust has expanded exponentially as I grow older. I find I am resisting all manner of attempts to persuade me about anything. As a result, I have discovered that I am subliminally blocking out all forms of commercial or political attempts at manipulating me to act in the manner that serves other people’s agendas.

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Sex and Other Political Matters

Posted on: December 9th, 2011 by Warren Adler 3 Comments

Above all, running for the office of President of the United States in today’s climate requires a massive ego, a “skin” impervious to criticism, a quick response tongue, a willingness to be intellectually stripped down to total transparency in today’s sliced and diced universe of information, and a fearless and courageous inner core. A partial affliction of madness helps.

Watching the Republican candidates submit themselves to the withering and excruciating debate process seems an exercise in self-flagellation. Indeed, it is easy to offer an unkind assessment of these people willing to take the plunge and expose themselves to this process, but then, nobody is twisting their arm and they should know what to expect.

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Contact Made, Message Delivered

Posted on: November 3rd, 2011 by Warren Adler 2 Comments

I think it’s time for the Occupy Wall Street people to declare victory and go home. They have illustrated their anger and their passionate desire for a more equitable America. I would not insult their integrity by asking any of them what they want to change, although it is hard to get a sense of specifics from their signs and snippets of interviews reported in newspapers, television and offered on the social networking sites.

Their anger undoubtedly reflects a general frustration with inequities, real and perceived, the uncertainty of our economic future, the absence of talented political leadership, and a sense of being overwhelmed by man-made and natural impediments.

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The Scales of Human Value

Posted on: October 24th, 2011 by Warren Adler 1 Comment

I have been trying to make sense out of what appears to be a strange bargain between the Israelis and Hamas to exchange a single kidnapped Israel soldier, Gilad Shalit, for a thousand Palestinian prisoners, many of whom have blood on their hands for having participated in the murder of Israelis. My understanding is that all of the Palestinian prisoners have been tried and convicted of their crimes in Israeli courts.

On the surface, the imbalance seems preposterous, its maddening inequality and disproportion makes the Israeli position seem alarmingly weak and counter productive, while the Hamas position appears strong, powerful and victorious. It appears to reward the strategy of hostage taking and opens the door to repetitive attempts at kidnapping tactics by Hamas as a key to freeing further Palestinian prisoners.

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Would I Have Joined the Protesters?

Posted on: October 5th, 2011 by Warren Adler 3 Comments

Boy was I pissed off. I had just graduated college as an English major. It was 1947. World War II had finally resulted in victory. At nineteen I found myself competing for jobs with millions of ex-servicemen who had come home from the war with guarantees of getting their jobs back.

Since my parents were broke, we were living with my grandparents in a tiny three bedroom house with one bathroom. There were eleven of us. Since quarters were tight, I slept with my kid brother and my parents slept in the dining room and an uncle in the kitchen.

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Death and Taxes

Posted on: July 16th, 2011 by Warren Adler 4 Comments

Whether wise old Ben Franklin said it or someone else, the idea that the only certainties in life are death and taxes appears to be the central dilemma of the modern age. The relationship is clouded with complexity. I will attempt to simplify it.

In our present budget crisis the relationship between the two are unassailable. Our health care programs, for example, are based on the assumption that we want to live as long as possible and spend whatever it takes to hold back the inevitability of a visit from the grim reaper.

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Every Knock a Boost

Posted on: June 13th, 2011 by Warren Adler 8 Comments

Yet again the mainstream media cabal against Sarah Palin has come a cropper. From my own cursory reading of her e-mails while Governor of Alaska, she comes out as a hard working executive and concerned wife and mother, valiantly and quite successfully juggling her obligations to her family and public office.

As a supportive admirer of women who work and aspire, I can’t help concluding that Sarah has realized the feminist dream of having it all. It baffles me why she is not celebrated by women for this singular achievement, which could serve as an inspiration for young women seeking to make a difference through public service, and fulfilling their instinctive desire to have children and a stable family life.

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