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David M. Swindle

David M. Swindle took over in 2021 as Liberty Island Media Group's new owner, Publisher, and Editor-In-ChiefHe joined LI in May of 2015, initially as West Coast Editor. He previously worked as associate editor of PJ Media from 2011-2015 where he grew the PJ Lifestyle vertical, and associate editor of FrontPageMag from 2009-2011 where he developed the media criticism site NewsReal Blog as its managing editor.

David double-majored in English (creative writing emphasis) and Political Science, graduating from Ball State University in 2006. After years of feeling torn between creative work and political activism, David now embraces the late Andrew Breitbart’s aphorism that “Politics is downstream from culture.” He also does research into online antisemitism and ideological extremism as Senior Research Fellow at The Israel Group and serves as Vice President of Development for the new Howard Bloom Institute.

As a novel editor David will consider books of just about any genre or type (he hands off romance, young adult, legal, and military titles to those better equipped on the team). His current areas of strongest interest include science fiction, fantasy, thriller/suspense, hard-boiled detective and crime, horror, westerns, historical, alternate history, speculative, cultural satire, literary, and religious fiction. He also reviews nonfiction submissions on politics, arts, media, faith, and counterculture.

His first novel he both edited and published is Tom Cosentino's The Art of Looking for Trouble.

Liberty Island titles which David edited include Justice, Inc by J.P. Medved, Mad Jones, Heretic: The Accidental Prophet, Book 1 by Quin Hillyer, Silver & Lead: A Novella of the West by David Churchill Barrow and MaryLu Barrow, Snowflake’s Chance: The 2016 Campaign Diary of Justin T. Fairchild, Social Justice Warrior by Curtis Edmonds, Mad Jones, Hero: The Accidental Prophet, Book 2 by Quin Hillyer, Mad Jones, Agonistes: The Accidental Prophet, Book 3 by Quin Hillyer, Pulse of the Goddess: The American Blackout, Book 1 by Fred Tribuzzo, Slaves Beneath the Stars: American Blackout, Book 2 by Fred Tribuzzo, Gangster Town: The American Blackout, Book 3 by Fred Tribuzzo, and First Shot: Jin & Tonick, Book 1 by Bokerah Brumley.

David's articles have been published at such publications as The Daily Wire, The Washington Examiner, The Investigative Project on Terrorism, The Algemeiner, The American Spectator, The Daily Caller, The California Courier, Campus Watch, Rebel Media, Big Hollywood, and The Indianapolis Star. He currently lives in Burbank, California. Follow him on Twitter @DaveSwindle.

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When a Book and a Few Bucks Find You By Divine Providence

So it was around 7:45 AM this morning, just over an hour until Joe Biden’s inauguration as president, when I set off on the morning walk with Maura, our 10-year-old Siberian Husky who remains very healthy, happy, energetic, and full of love.

Our nation’s pageantry was happening on the other side of the continent in Washington D.C., and it played on the TV when we departed, a bit earlier than usual but Maura had requested it then and I could think of no reason not to comply.

Is The Mandalorian the Best Star Wars since the Original Trilogy?

Can traditional storytelling save the Star Wars franchise from the epic failures of the sequel trilogy?

Futurism made the argument last week: “Now while many believe that Disney’s takeover of the franchise wasn’t the best decision, there are also many that believe that it has turned the otherwise tired franchise to new direction. Perhaps the greatest thing in live action Star Wars since the original trilogy is The Mandalorian.”

You Should Binge Watch Schitt’s Creek Now

The first 5 seasons are on Netflix

I very much agree with my former PJM colleague Stephen Kruiser. The Canadian comedy show Schitt’s Creek is something special.

Ryan Murphy’s Hollywood-Revisionism Is Much Better than Quentin Tarantino’s

The Netflix miniseries Hollywood offers more depth than the overrated “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood.”

If you had to ask most cinephiles the question, “Who would do better telling a story set in classic Hollywood: Glee-creator Ryan Murphy or Pulp Fiction auteur Quentin Tarantino?” then the answer would seemingly be obvious.

Time to Join the Cult: Rick and Morty Season 4.5 Debuts

So after many months of hiatus, the second of half season 4 — five remaining episodes — debuted last weekend. It was one of the series’ most clever and complex episodes yet, featuring Rick and Morty on a kind of “space train” confronting various storytelling cliches and quirkily breaking the fourth wall more than ever before. It exemplifies the strength of virtually all Rick and Morty episodes: they layer in jokes and complexities and hidden references such that each viewing yields new discoveries. I’m ready to watch it again and see what all I missed the first time.

An Art Exhibit: Welcome to Atlantica

Check out some of the photos and videos from my better half’s solo art exhibition, now up at Fullerton College in Fullerton, CA.

Taking Ramy Youssef to Task for His Depressing Hulu Sitcom

Most of my writing these days focuses on Islamist groups in Southern California and the country at large, however sometimes it intersects with popular culture, as it does with my newest piece, published yesterday at PJ Media, Golden Globe-Winner Ramy Youssef’s Muslim Family Sitcom More Tragedy than Comedy

Check Out This Interview with Liberty Island All-Star Tamara Wilhite

Tamara has been Liberty Island’s most prolific contributor this year with compelling book reviews, pop culture analysis, and especially her author interviews. To learn more about her check out this interview with her at Stanley Wheeler’s blog.

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