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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.

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Crimea is known as an "Autonomous Republic," which should mean it has a right to self determination. Read More »

Academy Awards 2014 – Few Surprises But Some Delights

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Despite an extremely and unnecessarily bloated telecast, I fought off sleepiness and stayed awake until the last award was announced. Read More »

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As long as the popcorn munching public fills the seats, the answer is a less than enthusiastic but resounding “Yes.” Read More »

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I invite you to sit down and watch Lee Daniels’ 'The Butler', and once you have experienced the film, I doubt you will ever question why we have a month devoted to black history. Read More »

Presidents’ Day – Should We Honor All Presidents On This Day?

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If we do a little exploration, we could probably find something interesting and noteworthy about each one of the 44 who have served their country. Read More »

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You cannot shovel with your cell phone in one hand. That is impossible. You can, however, hold a conversation with your neighbor . Read More »

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The “rebel alliance” of teachers, principals, and parents have dared to challenge the empire's Common Core State Standards policy. May the force be with them. Read More »

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What happened to The Beatles is nothing short of extraordinary. They went from those first fledling moments on a cold Sunday night in February 1964 to a juggernaut that literally rocked the world. Read More »

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Kiner loved baseball as much and probably more than the fans and the game loved him, and we all knew it and appreciated him even more because of it. Read More »

Woody Allen – Should We Judge Art by the Artist’s Personal Life?

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If William Shakespeare had been a convicted murderer, would that detract from his body of work? Read More »