“Resistance,” It Is Not

World War Two is each day naturally receding evermore into history. We were beyond fortunate as Americans that it was not fought in our luckily distant country as it was here in much of Europe.

Memo To Romance Authors: Nazis Are NOT “Leading Men”

[WARNING: This post contains an upsetting photograph.] Our imaginations and personal interests will invariably take us down our own writing paths. It's any author's right to invent what he/she wishes to invent. Our creativity means everything. So I'm not one usually to hit out at other authors' chosen fictional subject matter. Yet there are times …

No, It’s Not About “Political Correctness”

I had not heard of this novel.... ....until reading this article by author Warren Adler in the Daily Beast: The recent flap over the romance novel For Such a Time, whose plot features a concentration camp inmate falling in love with her Nazi captor, has aroused the wrath of various critics and readers on grounds …

Harlan Coben Inadvertently Offends Poland

Best-selling author Harlan Coben has accidentally ended up in hot water with.... Poland: The power, and danger, of words. An English e-book version of one of his novels had the phrase "Polish concentration camp," which in English could easily be read as implying it was a concentration camp run by Poles or by the government …

Brief Explanation (For Americans): Why Europe Has Anti-Hate Speech Laws

In the wake of the massive "Je Suis Charlie" rally in Paris following the murders at Charlie Hebdo magazine and the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket, we are inevitably seeing some U.S.-based media now questioning France's commitment to free speech. Why? Because France has anti-hate speech laws. One example: Some background, and context, clearly appears to …

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