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By Belén Fernández

Debunking the bluster of New York Times columnist and capitalist apologist Thomas Friedman, as a part of Verso’s new “Counterblasts” series.
Factual mistakes, ham-fisted research, and contradictory assertions—compounded via a penchant for combined metaphors and name-dropping—distinguish the paintings of Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times columnist and writer Thomas Friedman. The Imperial Messenger finds the genuine worth of this media darling, a risible author whose good fortune tells us a lot in regards to the mess ups of up to date journalism. Belén Fernández dissects the Friedman corpus with wit and journalistic savvy to show newsroom practices that prefer macho rhetoric over severe inquiry, a pacified readership over an empowered one, and reductionist research over integrity.

The Imperial Messenger is polemic at its most sensible, relentless in its assault in this apologist for American empire and passionate in its dedication to justice.

About the series: Counterblasts is a brand new Verso sequence that goals to restore the culture of polemical writing inaugurated by way of Puritan and leveller pamphleteers within the 17th century, while within the phrases of 1 of them, Gerard Winstanley, the outdated international was once “running up like parchment within the fire.” From 1640 to 1663, a number one bookseller and writer, George Thomason, recorded that his assortment by myself contained over twenty thousand pamphlets. such polemics reappeared either sooner than and through the French, Russian, chinese language and Cuban revolutions of the final century. In a interval of conformity the place politicians, media barons and their ideological hirelings not often problem the foundation of latest society, it’s time to restore the culture. Verso’s Counterblasts will problem the apologists of Empire and Capital.

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If Bangor is the inspiration for Derry, then it appears that Durham, Maine, the place where King spent most of his adolescence, may be the model for Castle Rock. Castle Rock, Haven, and Derry are all places where evil thrives in King’s narratives because most of the neighbors and civic-minded citizens lack the moral courage to stand up to tyrannical figures such as Leland Gaunt in Needful Things and Andre Lenoge in Storm of the Century. King is as much a chronicler of small-town American life as Sherwood Anderson in Winesburg, Ohio, Ernest Hemingway in the Nick Adams stories, and Mark Twain in his tales of towns at the edge of the frontier.

There is even a Derry Mall that is located just outside the city limits of the town, just as the Bangor Mall is a short drive away from the center city. If we were to establish some generalizations about the landscape of Stephen King’s fictional kingdom, we might safely begin by recognizing that he appears far more interested in small-town rural American life than with metropolitan American urban centers. No doubt reflecting his own choice of homes and lifestyle—a summer home in Center Lovell, Maine, the main house in Bangor, and a winter residence outside Sarasota, Florida—King’s novels and stories are typically set in small towns that are seldom larger than Bangor.

To benefit the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, bids were solicited from charitable contributors for the opportunity to appear as a character in a future King novel or short story. A pediatrics unit at Eastern Maine Medical Center, equipment for the Bangor Fire Department, music teachers for rural Maine schools, gym facilities for the Bangor YMCA, undergraduate scholarships for financially challenged students to study at universities and colleges in Maine and several other states—the list of community-based projects funded by the King family is a long one.

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