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David M. Swindle

David M. Swindle is a writer, editor, and activist. He is a senior editor and the webmaster for Liberty Island. He writes novels, non-fiction, articles, blog posts and screenplays. He edits books across genres. Some of the titles he has acquired and edited for Liberty Island include: J.P. Medved's sci-fi thriller Justice, Inc, Quin Hillyer's satirical Mad Jones trilogy,  Jonah: A Novel of Men and the Sea by Howard Butcher, the comedic Snowflake's Chance by Curtis Edmonds, The American Blackout action-thriller series by Fred Tribuzzo, and Brian Drake's Steve Dane spy thriller series. Click here if you are interested in submitting novels or web content to David.

David also works as the Southern California associate for the Counter-Islamist Grid, a fellow for Islamist Watch, and Director of Research for The Israel Group. Previously he has worked as coordinator of the Middle East Forum's Islamist Watch project (2016-2017), associate editor for PJ Media (2011-2015), and associate editor for FrontPageMag/managing editor of NewsReal Blog (2009-2011). His articles have been published by The Daily Wire, The Washington Examiner, The American Spectator, The Daily Caller, The California Courier, Campus Watch, Rebel Media, Big Hollywood, SmashCut Culture, John Hawkins' Right-Wing News, Acculturated, American Thinker, Lid Blog, The Indianapolis Star, and WTHR.com (Indianapolis' NBC affiliate). He graduated in 2006 from Ball State University with a double-major in English (creative writing emphasis) and Political Science. He currently lives in Burbank, California. Follow him on Twitter @DaveSwindle and visit his blog here.

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.

Dave Chappelle’s All-American Anti-PC Heresies Vs. Ramy Youssef’s Woke-Intersectional-Islamist Cousin-Loving

Check out my new article on Islamist entertainment at The Daily Wire

I had a new article published yesterday at The Daily Wire. I compare and contrast the comedy specials of two American Muslims, and Ramy Youssef, coming down very hard against the latter:

Among the fascinating phenomena of America’s most prominent Muslim activist organizations is how they decide which Muslims to lift up and which to ignore. Compare two recent comedy specials. One, Dave Chappelle’s newest Netflix special “Sticks & Stones,” which is generating intense reactions given its choice of material — including abortion, #MeToo, Transgenderism, “the alphabet people” (referring to the expanding acronym LGBTQIA+), and the implications of the “cancel culture,” which seeks to silence all who do not adhere to the “woke” doctrines of political correctness.

Thinking about this hilariously offensive special brought to mind another recent comedy special that challenged different cultural taboos: Millennial Ramy Youssef’s “Feelings,” released on HBO on June 29.

Pulling Your Cosmic Trigger: Why July 23 Is Robert Anton Wilson Day

An Overview of the Unique Sci-Fi Novelist and Occult Explorer Who Made Contact With *Something* Today in 1973

If I had to pick a single author who has influenced me more than any other it would be the counterculture godfather Robert Anton Wilson whose books, speeches, and ideas have influenced generations of oddball individualists since the 1970s.

 

Why ‘Stranger Things’ Is So Wonderful

The third season of Netflix’s 80s nostalgia fest delivers again with an emotionally-gripping entertainment that harkens back to a less cynical age.

Happy 4th of July!

Liberty Island wishes everyone a fun, safe 4th of July!

UPDATED: Ranking My 10 Favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe Films

And sorting out the others. Disagree with my choices?

With the fourth Avengers movie debuting this weekend, the closing chapter of a 22-film series, I decided to start a discussion over which installments in the series have been the best, which are weaker, and why.

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