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I was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, in 1943 to a Navy father and mother.

I graduated from Duke University in 1965.

In January of 1966, when I was on the bus leaving Parris Island as a freshly-minted Marine, I looked back and thought there was at least one good thing about this departure. "No matter what happens to me for the rest of my life, no one can ever send me back to this freakin' place again."

Forty years later, to my surprise and gratification, I am far more closely bound to the young men of the Marine Corps and to all other dirt-eating, ground-pounding outfits than I could ever have imagined.

GATES OF FIRE is one reason. Dog-eared paperbacks of this tale of the ancient Spartans have circulated throughout platoons of U.S. troops
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The Villain Believes in the Mean Streets

[Continuing our series on Bad Guys in film and fiction … ]


The villain believes in a world of scarce resources and a competition of all against all.


Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel in Martin Scorsese’s “Mean Streets” (1973)


As the villain sees it, the human race inhabits a post-Edenic cosmos, i.e. a universe in which all of us have been kicked out of the Garden (where our needs were provided for in

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“If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), "Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?" chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.”
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“Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.”
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Bradley I hope you are having a good day! =)

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maricar thank you for accepting me as friend ^_^ keep up the great writing. have a nice day!


message 6: by A.J.

A.J. Hello Mr. Pressfield,

I don't get many opportunities to interact with writers I like, so I suppose I'll take this one. I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed Gates of Fire. Not only does it rank among my favorite novels, it also happened to turn me on to the whole historical fiction genre. So many thanks on both counts.

And on behalf of a few of my old theater job buddies, one of which was in Iraq for awhile, they sure enjoy your work as well. We're all pulling for you and spreading the word.

Thanks for listening. I look forward to reading your Alexander and Rommel novels sometime in the near future.

Sincerely,

-A.J.


Steven Thanks, Susan. I'm delighted that "War" struck a chord!


message 4: by Susan

Susan I loved The War of Art. Many thanks for writing it.


message 3: by JHHK

JHHK JHHK Oh, Resistance still kicks my butt each day. I just stand up, take the hit, then finish the day’s work. For a professional endures.


Steven Thanks, JH. You're way ahead of me. Resistance is kicking my butt regularly!


message 1: by JHHK

JHHK JHHK I read “The War of Art,” turned pro, started writing five hours per day, three hundred and sixty-five days per year, and have only been defeated by resistance three days in the last three years. I recommend your book to every writer I know.


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