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Paul Ratner is a writer and film director. He's worked in Hollywood, Russia, India and the Czech Republic.

Paul is currently writing and directing "Moses on the Mesa", a narrative film based on the incredible true story of Solomon Bibo, who was a Jewish governor of a Native American tribe in the Wild West of the 1800s.

Additionally, Paul is in post-production on a documentary feature he directed - "The Caveman of Atomic City" about a fringe philosopher who lived in a cave on the territory of the Los Alamos National Lab in New Mexico and came up with his own theory of time and space.

Paul is also working on the completion of his first prose book, "Mundane Uses of Magical Objects", a collection of surreal anecdotes and flash fiction fairy tales for adults.

Paul holds degrees in film from Cornell and Chapman Universities.

Entries by Paul Ratner

Why Florida Leads the World in Weird

(1) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 3:00 PM

This is not going to be another half-hearted attempt to explain why there are so many stories about strange things happening in Florida. Every day of every week of every year something weird is going on down there. There have been many efforts to explain it but none have come...

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Public Shaming Is the Not so New National Pastime

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 5:14 PM

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I must preface this by saying that I deny everything in this document and I wrote everything in it without my knowledge and in no way anything in here should be interpreted to mean anything offensive to anyone, living, dead, imaginary or...

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Rare, Old Photos of Native American Women and Children

(4) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 5:10 PM

I looked through thousands of old photos, trying to imagine the world of the characters in my new film "Moses on the Mesa." It tells the true story of a German Jewish immigrant who becomes governor of the Native American tribe of Acoma in New Mexico during the...

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Time to Abolish Time

(0) Comments | Posted December 27, 2013 | 1:52 AM

There may be a simple solution to most of our problems. It's time to abolish time! Your first instinct is probably to scoff at such an idea. What nonsense, surely time is necessary for everything. But if you can pry yourself for a moment from all the things the dozens...

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Too Busy to Live

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 6:33 AM

This story is from "The Mundane Uses of Magical Objects", my upcoming book of flash fiction fairy tales for adults.

They were too busy to live. They figured they might have time for that when they died. In the meantime, they answered phone calls every other second, using the seconds...

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Everything Can't Be Epic

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 2:13 PM

Everything can't be "epic." Everything can't be the "greatest of all time." That song, movie, book, show, art that came out this summer is not the best ever most records-breaking creation attempted by humankind. That storm, war, accident, "fail," horrible stuff that happened to a bunch of people recently is...

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The First Kiss of the Future

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 6:43 AM

This story is taken from my upcoming book of surreal anecdotes and flash fiction fairy tales for adults called "The Mundane Uses of Magical Objects."


Most of the time, she lived in the future. That's where she did all the future things -- food that grew inside her...

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They Lived In Between Her Blinks

(0) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 5:06 PM

This story is taken from my upcoming book of surreal anecdotes and flash fiction fairy tales for adults called "The Mundane Uses of Magical Objects."

They lived in between her blinks. Every time she'd close her eyes, they had their turn at life. And as she blinked at least once...

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The God of Parking Lots

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 10:26 PM

This story is taken from my upcoming book of surreal anecdotes and flash fiction fairy tales for adults called "The Mundane Uses of Magical Objects"


There are many objects and concepts that require specific gods to oversee their life and use. But nothing has ever needed a god...

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Hammering Monkeys

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 4:14 PM

This story is taken from my upcoming book of surreal anecdotes and flash fiction fairy tales for adults called "The Mundane Uses of Magical Objects"


They were hammering away for three straight days until you could tell what they were making. It was an enormous hammer, the size...

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Unnecessary Planet

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 3:14 PM

This story is taken from "Mundane Uses of Magical Objects", my upcoming book of surreal anecdotes and flash fiction fairy tales for adults.

They lived on the unnecessary planet doing unnecessary things and were generally unnecessary people. It happens like that some times, when the universe produces things both really...

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The International Day Of Laziness

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2013 | 12:59 PM

This story is taken from my upcoming book of surreal anecdotes and short fairy tales for adults called "The Mundane Uses of Magical Objects"


The International Day of Laziness was once known by several names, including the International Day Of Doing Nothing or IDODN. The other names thankfully...

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Orchestra Sweatshop

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 11:14 AM

This story is taken from my upcoming book of surreal anecdotes and very short fairy tales for adults called "The Mundane Uses of Magical Objects"


They were the best musicians of the world. They were the best users of stringed sticks, of hollowed wooden boxes, of metal tubes...

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Dreaming of Weekends in a Land Without Time

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2013 | 2:32 PM

This story is taken from my upcoming book of surreal anecdotes and very short fairy tales for adults called "The Mundane Uses of Magical Objects"


All he wanted was the weekend. But as he lived in a Land Without Time -- the weekend would never come! And so...

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The Best Actress in the World

(2) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 5:41 PM

This story is taken from my upcoming book of surreal anecdotes and very short fairy tales for adults called "The Mundane Uses of Magical Objects"


She was the best actress in the world -- the star of the silver screen -- the sun of the golden stage. She...

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The Shocking Saga of an Imprisoned Idea

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 12:40 PM

This story is taken from my upcoming book of surreal anecdotes and very short fairy tales for adults called The Mundane Uses of Magical Objects


An idea was born in the head of a man but couldn't get out in time as that one day in his life...

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The Fear of Knowing Everything

(3) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 4:51 PM

This story is taken from my upcoming book of surreal anecdotes and very short fairy tales for adults called "The Mundane Uses of Magical Objects"


He had a fear of knowing everything. Some day it was bound to happen. All the questions would get their answers. All that...

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The Meaning of Life

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 3:08 PM

This story is taken from my upcoming book of surreal anecdotes and very short fairy tales for adults called The Mundane Uses of Magical Objects


It wasn't something he expected to happen on such a dreary drizzly day, but he did, in fact, come to understand the meaning...

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Cloning

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 7:04 PM

In no small measure inspired by BBC America's Canadian-produced tricky and fun new series Orphan Black, which centers heavily on cloning what-ifs, I came back to this simmering question (thanks, TV!) -- why not cloning? And the question inevitably becomes -- why hasn't it happened yet? It seems that no...

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The United States of Soup

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2013 | 2:15 PM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

I find the pursuit of cultural and ethnic authenticity to be an unnecessary and quixotic pursuit in America. In fact, it's downright un-American. The United States...

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