For those of you who got a kick out of my first Nobody Gives a Damn, But... column, inspired by the great sportswriter Jimmy Cannon, I offer thanks. The initial traction encourages me to keep at it.
Now that I've launched this idea, I am convinced that Jimmy was ahead of his time. The format he created is perfect for the "quick read" generation and is a great way for a writer to declare their own views.
Writing is my life and most of the time I'm deep into novels, plays, poems and essays. But like a busman's holiday I enjoy sounding off, and apparently millions of people have the same urge, especially in the free for all of the Internet. Hell, it's a Tower of Babel out there. I'm just offering my squeak and hoping people get it.
Nobody Gives a Damn, But...
•The student loan program is a moral travesty. Young people are starting careers with massive debt while high-level administrators are earning giant salaries to fundraise is unconscionable.
• Why did fresh fruit taste better years ago?
• I'm willing to bet that more than 75% of constituents haven't a clue who their elected representatives are, both locally and nationally.
•I have a sinking feeling that we who lived through WWII and the post-war years understand that we are now watching American prestige and power slip away at an ever-accelerating pace.
•Does "sugar-free" mean it's healthier, or are the artificial sweeteners more risky to one's health?
•When women question a male author's ability to get inside the mind of a female, they should read Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. Ditto for those who say a female can't get inside the mind of a male - read George Eliot. She was a woman.
•I am a great believer in the benefits of Pilates and do it twice weekly.
•I still like physical newspapers better than electronic newspapers.
•I still think my wife is the most beautiful woman I have ever met, and no, The War of the Roses is not autobiographical.
•Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman always makes me cry.
•I'm a big fan of Georges Simenon's novels.
•How do you tell a person that they talk too much?
Warren Adler is best known for The War of the Roses, his masterpiece fictionalization of a macabre divorce turned into the Golden Globe and BAFTA nominated dark comedy hit starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito. Adler's international hit stage adaptation of the novel will premiere on Broadway for the 2015-2016. Adler has also optioned and sold film rights for a number of his works including Random Hearts (starring Harrison Ford and Kristen Scott Thomas) and The Sunset Gang (produced by Linda Lavin for PBS' American Playhouse series starring Jerry Stiller, Uta Hagen, Harold Gould and Doris Roberts). In recent development are the Broadway Production of The War of the Roses, to be produced by Jay and Cindy Gutterman, The War of the Roses - The Children (Permut Presentations), a feature film adaptation of the sequel to Adler's iconic divorce story, Target Churchill (Solution Entertainment), Residue (Grey Eagle Films), and Capitol Crimes (Sennet Entertainment), a television series based on his Fiona Fitzgerald mystery series. Adler's forthcoming thriller, Treadmill, is slated to be released in September.
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