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Check Out These Liberty Island Titles!

We offer everything from genre thrillers to literary novels to satires, memoir, and cultural commentary. Something for everyone!

The first title from Liberty Island this year is Tom Cosentino’s hilarious and heartwarming comedic literary novel The Art of Looking for Trouble. It was released on June 23 and is now available for purchase. The paperback edition is now available too. Release dates for our upcoming titles will also be announced shortly along with the opportunity to pre-order. Thank you for your support!

Funeral Women

As we noted last week, we’re proud to be featuring Michael Lind’s work at Liberty Island. This is the second of eight poems.

The Beginning of Mambo Non-Italiano

Welcome to my new Blog, Mambo Non-Italiano. In today’s crazy cancel culture, where cartoon characters have to be ethnically cleansed and there are casting quotas where Henry VIII could be played by an Asian woman, who self-identifies as something else, well you know where I’m going. I wanted to add my take on this hotly contested debate, in a subtler, more relaxed environment, like my Uncle’s talking about which jockey’s were on the take at the local Harness track.

A few things upfront, I am not on a mission. I have not social wrong I want to make right. I got the idea for this blog from watching the very fine movie Green Book. Viggo Mortensen was nominated for Best Actor but lost to an Englishman playing an Englishman. Mortensen played the real-life Italian Tony Lip. Mortensen was great in the role all except for one small problem; he’s not Italian. He doesn’t look Italian. He can’t make Pasta Fagioli. He acted Italian but isn’t that supposed to be something we aren’t supposed to be doing now? So, I thought I would blog about the roles of Italian characters that were played by non-Italians.

The Heart of Jesus

Sometimes we need to reframe the way we think about our Savior.

I get people telling me all the time, “You should read such-and-such book.” I don’t always give in when someone recommends a book to me. I’m not opposed to book recommendations, but I know what I like and I’m not going to read something unless it fits within the bounds of what I like. (There’s also a good chance that I’ll forget the book title and never follow up, but that’s a whole different issue for another day.)

An Interview with Robert Arvanitis on the Economics of Lord of the Rings

I was in an online debate on artificial intelligence when Robert Arvanitis brought up something he’d written referencing Lord of the Rings. From the title “The Orcs that ran away, I thought it was a short fantasy story. In reality, it was a financial paper on the economic impact of the production of the Lord of the Rings movies in New Zealand and how AI was used to solve it.

Murmurations: Part 4

The ongoing weekly serial continues. Click here for the introduction,  here for Part 1, here for part 2, and here for part 3.

A New Poem: After Midnight

Poetry Editor’s note: Michael Lind, a premier public intellectual and academic, is also a stellar poet, so it goes without saying that we at Liberty Island are thrilled to begin featuring his work, starting today. A new poem of his will run each week.

Finding Treasures in the Bible

Sometimes the greatest rewards in God’s word are beyond the obvious.

I’ve written before about the blueberries at my mom’s house. My late father transplanted a few blueberry bushes from the North Georgia mountains over 30 years ago, and they’ve thrived ever since.

We get huge, tasty blueberries off these bushes nearly every summer, and other than some pruning and getting rid of briars, we haven’t done much to cultivate them. The berries we pick are better than anything you can find at a store.

An Interview with Author Cheah Kit Sun

Cheah Kit Sun or “Benjamin” is Singapore’s first Hugo and Dragon Award-nominated author. His book No Gods, Only Daimons was nominated for the Dragon Awards in 2017. His short story “Flashpoint: Titan” in There Will Be War: Volume X was a 2016 Hugo Award nominee. And I had the opportunity to talk to him.

Murmurations: Part 3

The ongoing weekly serial continues. Click here for the introduction,  here for Part 1, and here for part 2.

Movie Review: In The Heights Chases Nostalgia

In the Heights, the musical by Hamilton’s Lin Manuel Miranda, is bringing people back to the movie theater after the covid slump with its exciting music and dancing. If you haven’t already, I would suggest you join the fun and go see the movie. Do so before reading this review as it does contain spoilers.

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