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Phil Harvey

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Phil Harvey’s fiction has appeared in twenty-two literary magazines, including Phantasmagoria, which nominated one of his stories for a Pushcart Prize, and Antietam Review, which named another the winner of its annual contest. Most recently his work has appeared in The MacGuffin, Natural Bridge, and the Dos Passos Review.
Harvey’ nonfiction includes: Let Every Child Be Wanted, which drew praise from former President Jimmy Carter; Government Creep, which, as one reviewer noted, “proves that government has invaded virtually every nook and cranny of our lives,” and The Government vs. Erotica, which Publishers Weekly and Booklist praised, the ALA Intellectual Freedom Roundtable nominated as the year’s best book on intellectual freedom, and Medi
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Phil Harvey The centerpiece of my fiction is always the individual. I like to put characters in demanding physical/psychological settings that force them to…moreThe centerpiece of my fiction is always the individual. I like to put characters in demanding physical/psychological settings that force them to respond. Frankly this saves work and imagination because some responses are fore-ordained. Other ideas come from experience. Fly fishing. Sex. Upbringing. And so on. Some ideas even spring from other books. Really, the stories run the gambit. A few end in death, one in time travel, a few in redemption.

Show Time engages with seven people and their idiosyncrasies, lust, belligerence, and desire to survive. How they are attracted to each other, how they fight with each other, how they sometimes undermine and then strengthen each other. They boil, they confer, they fight, they make love—but overall, they must survive.

For all my characters, life goes on but is changed.(less)
Phil Harvey My book explores the use of violence and death as entertainment. We already have real-world examples like the potential fatal violence that helps fuel…moreMy book explores the use of violence and death as entertainment. We already have real-world examples like the potential fatal violence that helps fuel the popularity of car racing. We like violence. It fascinates us. That’s why it leads the news every night. My idea is that policymakers someday will, perhaps without knowing it, encourage certain kinds of violence to keep people satisfied. Presidents like wars—even though they won’t admit it. Wars unify us. We always support the troops. So deliberate steps to encourage controlled violence are not so farfetched.(less)
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“He’s an Old Testament guy. He believes in punishment, a God of vengeance and hatred. He’s a hater himself.”
Phil Harvey, Wisdom of Fools: Stories of Extraordinary Lives

“We rarely recognize the extent to which human happiness requires struggle.”
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“He’s too reasonable,” Janice said.

“I agree. But the president’s campaign advisors understand controlled violence. They realize that war unites us, brings us together. Yellow ribbons, Support Our Troops, all that. Little wars help win elections, provided they’re short.”
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“He’s an Old Testament guy. He believes in punishment, a God of vengeance and hatred. He’s a hater himself.”
Phil Harvey, Wisdom of Fools: Stories of Extraordinary Lives

“He’s too reasonable,” Janice said.

“I agree. But the president’s campaign advisors understand controlled violence. They realize that war unites us, brings us together. Yellow ribbons, Support Our Troops, all that. Little wars help win elections, provided they’re short.”
Phil Harvey, Show Time

“We rarely recognize the extent to which human happiness requires struggle.”
Phil Harvey

“There is no real ending. It’s just the place where you stop the story.”
Frank Herbert

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”
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