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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.

Lance Armstrong: A Lost Action Hero

As Armstrong finally accepts his fate, we can only hang our heads in shame because of him and the other American sports figures who cheated or have done wrong. Read More »

Remembering Scott McKenzie and His 1960s Anthem for Peace

Many years have passed since that Summer of Love in 1967, but Scott McKenzie's "San Francisco" remains and its resonance can shake you up. Read More »

Melky Cabrera: The Needle and the Damage Done

Melky Cabrera is the latest in a long line of baseball players who thought he could get around the rules. Read More »

Are the Mets Ready to End the Season for Johan Santana?

With nothing riding on this season, the Mets should approach Santana and ask him to go quietly into that good night. Read More »

The World Is Still Too Much With Us

We have reached a moment in time when we basically have no time to be alone, to be free, to be disconnected and on our own. Technology is not at fault here; we only have ourselves to blame. Read More »

Olympics Opening Ceremony: Sound and Fury Signifying Mostly Nothing

This is not Las Vegas; it's the Olympics. Too bad people have lost sight of that and what the games are supposed to be all about. Read More »

The Fat Lady Sings for Penn State Football

NCAA President Mark Emmert sang the swan song for PSU to be sure as he announced wide ranging sanctions against the school. Read More »

Penn State Removes Paterno’s Statue

The statue will be put into "storage" for what probably will be not only the foreseeable future but no doubt for eternity, and well it should be. Read More »

Night of the Living Dread: Mets Fan Turns Into Dodger Zombie When LA Comes to Town

He was rooting for the team that broke his heart and against the team that had come along and saved him. Read More »

Jeremy Lin’s Jersey Goes Into My Closet of What Might Have Been

Instead of it hanging for posterity in the rafters of Madison Square Garden, Jeremy Lin's jersey will hang in obscurity in my closet along with many other might have beens. Read More »