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Derek B. Miller

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Derek B. Miller is an American novelist and international policy specialist.

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Derek B. Miller I posted this on FB too, but I'll gladly repost it here:

There's an old Jewish proverb: Questions unite us and answers divide us. I rather like that…more
I posted this on FB too, but I'll gladly repost it here:

There's an old Jewish proverb: Questions unite us and answers divide us. I rather like that one. In this case, I wouldn't want to rush to an answer before we've all had the benefit of some unity around the question.

I will say this, though: A world of universal tolerance strikes me as both inherently better and also safer than a world of universal intolerance. Certain socio-cultural systems favor and promote one and not the other.

Consequently, the pragmatic move is to work towards tolerance (a hard job) while remaining vigilant against those who would promote a way of seeing the world that does not allow for pluralism and liberty.

Naziism and Communism (i.e. not to be confused with social democracy) are Western versions of that intolerant culture. We had a civil war (WWII) to conquer the first and a Cold War to conquer the second (sort of).

Jihadist Islam is in a civil war with tolerant Islam (they stole the other-wise banal word "Jihad" which once meant a personal striving for goodness and was not evil like the new version is). We need to support one and fight the other. To do that WELL we need a more developed moral vocabulary in our societies (U.S., Germany, UK, France, etc.) and we need smarter politicians (don't get me started).

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Derek B. Miller It has seriously crossed my mind. I'm wondering about his life between 1926 when he was born, passing through WWII without serving, and then signing…moreIt has seriously crossed my mind. I'm wondering about his life between 1926 when he was born, passing through WWII without serving, and then signing up for Korea. I'm even wondering if there's another book from the time he gets back and the time that Saul signs up for his first tour. Those three books become a trilogy called THIS LIFE. I'm not ready yet, though. I need more time. You'll have to meet Arwood Hobbes in The Girl in Green if you need more big personalities, or check in with Sigrid again (and her new partner, Sheriff Irv Wylie) as she visits America to look for her missing brother in American by Day. All the best.(less)
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"I am generally stingy with five stars and I am having a hard time justifying the fifth star for what appears to be a suspense or thriller novel. That's what the jacket flap makes it sound like but Norwegian by Night is somehow so much more that it..." Read more of this review »
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“Only the educated stop to look for words - having enough to occasionally misplace them.”
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“Everyone gets killed in the shower. Don't you go to the movies? Psycho. Dead in shower. The MExican in No country for Old Men. Dead in shower. Michelle Pfeiffer in What Lies Beneath. Almost dead in shower, or in the bath, anyway. But she did that thing with her toe and got out OD. Still the shower, though...Glen Close in Fatal Attraction. Dead in shower. John Travolta in Pulp Fiction. Very dead in shower. But never closets. I can't think of anyone shot in a closet. This is why I hide in closets.”
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“This country is what you make it. You understand that? It isn’t good and it isn’t bad. It’s just what you make it. That means you don’t make excuses for America’s bullshit. That’s what the Nazis and commies do. The Fatherland. The Motherland. America isn’t your parent. It’s your kid. And today I made America a place where you get your nose broken for telling a Jew he can’t play a round of golf. The only one allowed to tell me I can’t play golf is the ball.”
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