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Douglas Anthony Cooper's first novel, Amnesia, was a national bestseller; it was shortlisted for the Books in Canada First Novel Award, and longlisted for the Commonwealth Prize. He has published two bestselling novels for young adults: Milrose Munce and the Den of Professional Help, and Milrose Munce and the Plague of Toxic Fungus. Cooper's blog and collected journalism can be found at Blogger Mortis. He lives in Oaxaca, but collaborates regularly with artists and architects around the world: most recently on Chain City, a video installation with Diller Scofidio + Renfro at the Venice Biennale. For five years Cooper was a Contributing Editor at New York Magazine, where he wrote and photographed the travel features. His essays and photography have appeared in Food & Wine, Rolling Stone, Travel+Leisure and The New York Times; and he has been collected in The Best American Travel Writing (ed. Pico Iyer). Cooper's journalism has won numerous awards, including the Lowell Thomas Gold Medal, America's most prestigious travel writing award.

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PETA Reportedly Steals and Kills a Family Dog

(172) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 1:02 PM

PETA reportedly stole a family's pet chihuahua from their porch, and killed it.

You heard that right. Yes, we're talking about that PETA: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The theft was caught on video, and has been reported by, local media in Accomack County,...

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Have I Been "Threatened" for Defending Pit Bulls? You Tell Me

(398) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 6:12 PM

It's time to deal with the tactics I've encountered since deciding to work against the slaughter of pit-bull-like dogs. The behavior of Barbara Kay, in particular -- a columnist at the National Post -- has become disturbing. Ms. Kay is apparently incensed that I'm collaborating on a children's book that...

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The Academic Impostor Behind the Pit Bull Hysteria

(1229) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 1:39 PM

The most influential advocate for the eradication of pit bulls is an academic fraud. Merritt Clifton is prominent not simply because he has been making noise for decades, but because he uniquely claims to be a rigorous statistician: a scholarly expert. People who hate pit bulls lean on this man's...

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Eradicate Pit Bulls? Not Labrador Retrievers?

(263) Comments | Posted June 28, 2014 | 11:50 AM

When you take up the cause of the so-called pit bull, you make a lot of charming friends. Particularly fetching is the person on Twitter who calls herself "Eradicate Pits." Ms. Eradicate has targeted me, in particular, because I suggested that people like her are -- and I...

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Ignorance Kills One Million Pit Bulls per Year

(408) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 12:45 PM

I was a bigot. Hence, I can sympathize with all those who still are. I was terrified of pit bulls. I knew very little about them, but what I'd heard in the media sure sounded terrifying: how their jaws locked; how they were uniquely bred to kill humans; how the...

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A Children's Book About a Pit Bull???

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 2:49 PM


The following is Part Three of Galunker, a children's book about a pit bull rescued from a dog-fighting ring. The dog is assumed to be vicious, but is in fact ridiculous and dopey and longing for love.

Galunker himself was partially inspired by the dogs rescued...

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Children Need Pit Bulls (Part Two): Galunker, a Picture Book

(8) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 10:55 AM


The following is Part Two of Galunker, a children's book about a misunderstood but lovable pit bull. Part One (the beginning) can be read here.

This book has been illustrated by DULA YAVNE and written by DOUGLAS ANTHONY COOPER. Both have had their work published...

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Children Need Pit Bulls: A Picture Book

(129) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 10:34 AM

The following is an excerpt from Galunker, a children's book about a misunderstood but lovable pit bull. Part Two has also just been published, and can be read here.


Why write a children's book about a pit bull? Because...

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Thanks Cruella, But You Can Keep Your Puppy Mills

(18) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 3:26 PM

Next year, 4 million dogs and cats will be killed in shelters. About 80% of those will have been healthy and adoptable. Some of us consider this a bad thing. Others, who consider it a good thing, will go to great lengths to justify their views. One woman...

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Ken Foster's Dog Vanished on Christmas Eve. He Just Found Her. Perhaps We Should Kill Her?

(321) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 1:50 PM

Ken Foster's dog, Maple, disappeared on Christmas Eve. He had taken her in after she was found in an empty house: she was maybe a year and a half old, and the previous tenants had simply abandoned her. Maple was in pretty rough shape at the start, but he had...

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They Steal Children

(17) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 11:22 AM

Days of lurid headlines have focused on the stolen child. Given this community's vile history of abuse, we have reason to be outraged.

I'm referring of course to the European community's abuse of the Roma. The recent child theft was standard procedure: Greek police saw fit to remove a child...

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Confessions of a Twisted Gun Grabber

(381) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 10:03 AM

Savvy men wear their guns in the house. It's called "home carry." Why should you unstrap that Glock just because you've kissed the wife and kids and hung up your coat?

This was a suggestion offered with complete sincerity in the comments beneath an article entitled "Inside the...

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Boycott Celebs Who Strip for PETA's Death Machine

(520) Comments | Posted April 9, 2013 | 10:27 AM

Warning: the following graphic photo may distress the reader.

PETA's mass extermination of pets has finally worked its way into the public consciousness. Nathan Winograd's recent article -- "Shocking Photos: PETA's Secret Slaughter of Kittens, Puppies" -- has gone viral in a way rarely witnessed. There can be...

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A Good Guy With a Gun. R.I.P.

(455) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 10:00 AM

All across America you see this: ordinary citizens with guns -- good guys -- regularly fighting off bad guys with guns, in ways that are truly impressive. These are rousing stories. Fiction is like that.

Meanwhile, let me tell you a true story. About a good guy with a gun....

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow Lies a Less Rancid Prequel

(10) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 9:10 AM

Any review of Oz the Great and Powerful that fails to use some variant of the word "wretched" is not to be trusted. A critic who avoids "queasy," "soul-chafing" and "aspartame" has almost certainly been paid off by Disney. It's conceivable that someone somewhere has taste just rotten enough that...

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Anne Hathaway: The Most Horrible Person Who's Ever Lived

(384) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 8:44 AM

I totally adore Anne Hathaway, but I can't stand you. I mean, I've never met you, and I don't know anything about you, but you strike me as cheerful and peppy and good and I just hate that: You're such a phony.

Oh, you have talent? I bet you think...

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The Grouches Reviewing the Oscars

(25) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 7:50 PM

The Oscars may have been tasteless, but the twits who reviewed the Oscars were almost uniformly without taste. Forget the chattering classes: it was a fab show. In fact, it's instructive to read the witless reviews online -- "offensive, boring, misogynistic" -- and then the comments beneath those reviews, along...

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Them the People: Ted Nugent's Constituency

(6) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 8:58 AM

If you're going to abuse the White House petition program, make sure you're an addled rightwing wackjob. I'm serious. I, an addled midwing pinhead, am apparently excluded by the Terms of Service.

Let's see now. The following are legitimate petitions, according to "We the People." You can...

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Petition: Draft Ted Nugent to Serve in Afghanistan

(168) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 9:51 AM

Ted Nugent is perhaps the most courageous man in America. America needs courageous men. Hence, I've launched a petition to draft Ted Nugent to serve on the front lines in Afghanistan.

You may well wonder why Mr. Nugent has not already made this decision on his own. This...

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PETA's Actual Death Toll

(224) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 1:50 AM

This is a follow-up to yesterday's article, "How Many Pets Did PETA Kill in 2012?"

I was generous yesterday when I suggested that PETA's monstrous kill rate in 2012 was in fact, for them, an improvement. The official documents, yes, demonstrate that PETA...

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