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Lawrence Wright is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American author, screenwriter, staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, and fellow at the Center for Law and Security at the New York University School of Law. He is a graduate of Tulane University, and for two years taught at the American University in Cairo in Egypt.

Wright graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School (Dallas, Texas) in 1965 and, in 2009, was inducted into Woodrow's Hall of Fame.

Wright is the author of six books, but is best known for his 2006 book, The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. A quick bestseller, The Looming Tower was awarded the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction, and is fre
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Lawrence Wright My virus, called Kongoli, is actually built on the 1918 Spanish flu. Like Covid-19 (which is a coronavirus, not an influenza), Kongoli is a new diseas…moreMy virus, called Kongoli, is actually built on the 1918 Spanish flu. Like Covid-19 (which is a coronavirus, not an influenza), Kongoli is a new disease, unknown in the human population until it suddenly arises in Asia and spreads across the globe. Kongoli is more fatal than Covid-19 but not as contagious.
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“Religion is always an irrational enterprise, no matter how ennobling it may be to the human spirit.”
Lawrence Wright, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

“Radicalism usually prospers in the gap between rising expectations and declining opportunities. This is especially true where the population is young, idle, and bored; where the art is impoverished; where entertainment—movies, theater, music—is policed or absent altogether; and where young men are set apart from the consoling and socializing presence of women.”
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“He could easily invent an elaborate, plausible universe. But it is one thing to make that universe believable, and another to believe it. That is the difference between art and religion.”
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