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Author Archives: Victor Lana

Victor Lana has published numerous stories, articles, and poems in literary magazines and online. His books In a Dark Time (1994), A Death in Prague (2002), Move (2003), The Savage Quiet September Sun: A Collection of 9/11 Stories (2005) and Like a Passing Shadow (2009) are available online and as e-books. He has won the National Arts Club Award for Poetry, but has concentrated mostly on fiction and non-fiction prose in recent years. He has worked as faculty advisor to school literary magazines and enjoys the creative process as a writer, editor, and collaborator. He has been with Blogcritics since July 2005, has edited many articles, was co-head sports editor with Charley Doherty, and now is a Culture and Society editor. He views Blogcritics as one of most exciting, fresh, and meaningful opportunities in his writing life.

Beniffer II – They’re Gone Girl

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Oh, such a travesty, this ending of Bennifer II, for anyone who believes in Cinderella tales, caviar wishes, and Bernie Sanders’ campaign dreams. Read More »

Ten Years After – Thinking About a Decade Spent at Blogcritics

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During these ten years at BC, I have written about so many topics, all made possible by this forum where writers are welcomed, nurtured, and encouraged. Read More »

Father’s Day – Boys and Men Should Show Dad Some Affection

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By being affectionate with his children, my Dad taught us that love knew no gender. Read More »

Rachel Dolezal, Caitlyn Jenner, and Ernest Hemingway – Understanding the Narrative of Self

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This is the lot of celebrities and their worst nightmare – the self-narrative taken out of their own hands and spun out of control. Read More »

Glorious June – Dads, Grads, and Summer Vacation!

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It just so happens that this June my family has six graduations to celebrate – so by the time we get to that third Sunday in June this year – Father’s Day for those of you who don’t know – I am probably going to be wiped out and wishing just to be able to watch the NY Mets game if possible. Read More »

The Duggar Scandal – Religion Is No Excuse For Bad Behavior

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It is no less hypocritical for Josh Duggar to stand up in public and talk about moral values than it is for a Catholic priest accused of sexual abuse to stand on the altar to celebrate mass. Read More »

Belmont Stakes: Racing’s Triple Crown – American Pharoah Will Take It All

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Are the stars aligned for American Pharoah? I don’t know about you, but I am putting my money on him based on a gut feeling that the time is now for this magnificent 3-year-old with Victor Espinoza in the saddle. Read More »

Schools Need To Teach More Than Academic Subjects

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It is not enough for our children to become academically adept anymore – they need to know how to get through school and move on to a life where they can be successful and happy adults. Read More »

FIFA Corruption Scandal – The Empire Strikes Back?

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A major sporting event such as the World Cup should happen in countries that have been chosen through an equitable and understandable process. Read More »

Flash Fiction: Memorial Days of Future Past

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Mom stands and looks at me with watery blue eyes. She feared losing Dad in Vietnam and instead lost him in a different war against cancer. No matter what the battle, the losses are the hardest thing to fathom or accept. Read More »