Live Free or Die
Four years of columns are now in one book.
It’s not easy for me to write. Sure, the ideas are there, but committing them to anything permanent? The thought is paralyzing at times — particularly when I know exactly what I want to say.
So when Tim Grierson and Russell Brown at The Simon approached me in August, 2003, to write a political feature for their webzine, I agreed with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. On the one hand, I’d be delivering my opinions on a host of political and social topics on a regular basis. On the other hand, I’d be delivering my opinions on a host of political and social topics on a regular basis.
Could I get my act together and write 1,000 words every week or two? Would the resultant essay on current events be even remotely coherent?
I’m pleased to say that, after three years and over 100 columns, the answer to the first question is yes. Whether I met the second criteria, however, is up to you.
“Live Free or Die” is 90 of my favorite editorials written for The Simon and the Internet between 2003 and 2006. They’ve all received a spit polish in one form or another; some received major overhauls, while others had their niggling typos, styles and spelling errors cleaned up. For example, I felt it important President Bush only drink Jacks Daniels instead of a cornucopia of hard liquor. If anything, he’s a consistent and loyal drunk.
Isn’t it crazy? I wrote a book.
I did it one column at a time. But I wrote a book.
And it turns out to have been the easiest thing in the world.