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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.

The Ice Bucket Challenge Should Dry Up

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So while the Ice Bucket Challenge is a great idea, we need more people doing what Charlie Sheen has done (that is without question one sentence I never thought I would ever write). Read More »

Remembering Robin Williams – One Film That Helped Change My Life

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Because of seeing 'Dead Poet's Society' when I did, I stopped myself from making what would have been the biggest mistake of my life. Read More »

Texting and Walking – Is It To Die For?

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From what I have witnessed texting and walking is reaching epidemic proportions. You have much more chance of getting hurt by a distracted walker than you have of catching the Ebola virus. Read More »

Flash Fiction: Venus Goes to Mars

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A retired astronaut promises his dying wife to deposit her ashes on Mars. Read More »

TV Review: ‘24: Live Another Day’ – Episode 12: Time Jump Leaves Tantalizing Questions

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All this speculation as to what happens during the time jump is exciting in one sense and frustrating in another; however, it also leaves tantalizing possibilities open for extras on the season’s eventual Blu-Ray and DVD. Read More »

Germany Defeats Argentina for World Cup – But Fans Worldwide Are the Winners

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Sports can be a unifier, bringing people together like nothing else can. Read More »

TV Review: ’24: Live Another Day’ – Episode 11: Russian to Judgment Day

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The penultimate episode of any '24' season is usually a bumpy ride, but since this is a 12-episode version of the usually 24-episode model, we kick into warp speed from the first seconds. Read More »

Kids Being Left to Die in Car Seats – The Horror Continues

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We’re not talking about forgetting your pocketbook or wallet or cell in the car; this is a living and breathing child that is your responsibility. Read More »

Expatriates on Fourth of July in Paris

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Expatriate Americans in Paris celebrate Independence Day their way. This is an excerpt from my novel in progress, 'Garden of Ghosts.' Read More »

TV Review: ’24: Live Another Day’ – Episode 10: Chinese Checkers and Russian Roulette

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Can Jack Bauer stop World War III? Read More »