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Phil Campbell
Phil Campbell is a published author and producer. He wrote the eccentric memoir Grassroots, which was adapted to film in 2012 by director Stephen Gyllenhaal and stars Jason Biggs as Campbell. He recently organized other Phil Campbells from around the world to raise money for the tornado-stricken town of Phil Campbell, Alabama. He is currently busy writing, volunteering, and raising a 7-year-old son.

Entries by Phil Campbell

Hope Amid the Ruins

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 2:26 PM

Before I get to the hope part, the part where I talk about Echoes of Incarceration, the new program that puts film cameras in the hands of young people with parents in prison, let me tell you about what depresses me, what has driven me to blog about...

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I'm with Phil -- Are You?

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 3:57 PM

It was supposed to be a joke, a dumb stunt I pulled to attract some media attention. Then a tornado struck and it wasn't so funny anymore.

I could start from the very beginning, but I won't, other than to say that for many years now I've had a small...

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Was the President Divisive?

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 10:41 AM

Our podcast The Ohio Revolt (two Ohioans and two Ohio ex-pats argue politics) usually records on Sunday nights, but with the Super Bowl coming, there is no way in hell anybody is going to be around to do that this weekend. So we decided to record Thursday night this week,...

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The Sinking Swing State?

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 4:21 PM

When I talk with some resignation about "the sinking swing state," I'm not talking global warming and the flooding of Florida. No, I can't say I'd be particularly sad if Florida went literally underwater -- that state is so weird someone came up with a Twitter page just...

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Swing-State Bickering and a New Podcast

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 8:27 AM

I'm here to introduce you to a new podcast, The Ohio Revolt, in which two Ohioans and two Ohio ex-pats argue politics and culture. But first, I want to talk about a guy in high school whose guts I hated with a passion.

Back when I was growing up in...

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Capitalism Works for Me... ?

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 12:56 PM

Q: Is there really any way to resurrect the public square as a place of vigorous social and political debate?

A: No, not at all. We'll never again see the likes of Socrates' agora, or even 19th century political soapbox debate. The situation is in fact miserably hopeless, as far...

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What Would Mel Brooks Do?

(3) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 11:36 AM

Here's a piece of art. Will you smash it?

Of course you won't.

But what if I told you that the art had Hitler's head on it?

And what if I told you the artist who made the art was recently exposed as a Nazi sympathizer?


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When a Good Artist Turns Nazi Sympathizer

(21) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 11:32 AM

My head's still spinning from this story, and I'm barely (if that) connected to any of it. Those at the center of this art world controversy have got to be feeling something more akin to a horse-kick to the stomach.

Are you familiar with the work of Charles Krafft? An...

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You Are Not Bradley Manning

(11) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 3:03 PM

Bradley Manning has been on my mind a lot lately, but not intentionally. His face is painted as a mural on the wall of a brick building next to a deli in my neighborhood in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. It's graffiti, and I see it every day because it's located along the...

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Taking the Argument to Them

(55) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 10:08 AM

I was having drinks at a corner pub in Brooklyn one night years ago when I fell into talking with a couple affable older blokes from Ireland. I don't remember how the conversation evolved, but it started out friendly enough, in the way that three strangers drinking in a pub...

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The Swing Voter Speaks

(3) Comments | Posted October 26, 2012 | 11:07 AM

A couple months ago I blogged about my brother-in-law, a swing voter. Given the tightness of the election this year, and given the fact that he is the only genuine swing voter that I know, this is a subject I have not been able to put down.

As I described...

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New Game: Sway the Swing Voter

(12) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 5:08 PM

I just don't understand swing voters. I simply do not get them.

The swing voter, that maddening, allegiance-changing species. A demographic so thin they are counted in the single percentage digits this year, but so utterly powerful that they will decide the election, just as they've decided...

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Why I'm a Writer (and Not in Politics)

(1) Comments | Posted July 10, 2012 | 11:30 AM

Grassroots, the entertaining film about politics -- yes, it's possible -- is coming to New York this Friday. The day before it arrives, I'll be at The Strand here in New York, reading from my book Grassroots before sitting down with director Stephen Gyllenhaal and producer Peggy Rajski to talk...

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Tell Me What to Do, Part 2

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2012 | 9:54 AM

Last week I wrote a post with the blunt headline, "Obama Wants My Donation: Tell Me What to Do." In it I threw it to HuffPost readers to, well, tell me what to do. Obama's campaign keeps calling me to ask for a donation. Do I give one?

OK, let's...

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Obama Wants My Donation: Tell Me What to Do

(19) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 10:48 AM

Barack Obama keeps calling to ask me for money, and I can't bring myself to pick up the phone. And the phone won't stop ringing.

You tell me: What should I do?

There's a strange irony to this. In Seattle, the other side of the country from where I sit,...

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History's Most Colorful, Forgotten Character

(6) Comments | Posted June 22, 2012 | 12:24 PM

Marion Zioncheck is the most colorful character in American history that you've never heard of. I'm resurrecting him in order for you to think about him, before you forget about him again.

This is the story of the only U.S. Congressmen ever sent to an insane asylum.

Zioncheck was an...

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Hollywood Gutted My Book, But That's OK

(5) Comments | Posted June 5, 2012 | 12:09 PM

This Sunday I will be attending the Seattle International Film Festival for the premiere of Grassroots, a film based on my first book, before Grassroots comes to New York -- and beyond -- in July. Never having attended a premiere before, I imagine that people will be approaching me only...

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There Is Still Reason for Hope, but Here's the Catch

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 1:05 PM

Why am I blogging for The Huffington Post? Maybe because two movies are being made about me.

Hear that? Two. Movies.


How often does that happen to a non-famous person? What did I possibly do for such a thing to happen to me? I've asked those questions of...

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