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The Greatest Conservative Films: Blazing Saddles (1974)

Editor’s Note: In April of 2017 writer Eric M. Blake began a series at Western Free Press naming the “Greatest Conservative Films.” The introduction explaining the rules and indexing all films included in the series can be found here. Liberty Island will feature cross-posts of select essays from the series with the aim of encouraging discussion at this cross-roads of cinematic art with political ideology. (Click here to see the original essay. Check out the previously cross-posted entries on Jackie Brown, Captain America: The First AvengerCaptain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil WarUnforgivenHail, Caesar!, Apocalypse Now, Fight Club, Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice ULTIMATE EDITION, Wonder Woman, Kill BillGran Torino The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises.) If you would like join this dialogue please contact us at submissions [@] libertyislandmag.com.

Miranda’s War: ‘He wanted her marginalized with Julia as a buffer.’

The opening of Chapter 17…

Pick up your copy of Miranda’s War: A Novel of the Up-Zone by Howard Foster, one of Liberty Island’s most sophisticated, literary titles.

New Fiction, Chapter 2: Johnny Hustle

Serial installments of the novel ‘A Girl, A Dog, a Boat’ continue

Mom wanted to stay. She knew exactly what I was feeling: unspeakable loss. She’d had much of that in her life. Much more than mine. She lost both her parents very young, in a car accident. And of course, she lost her best friend, my dear father.

Dad was the most hard-working man of his time and entirely self-made. He ran off and joined the army at seventeen so he could have enough money to marry his high school sweetheart. After being a radio guy for three years and getting some experience in supply-chain management, Johnny left the Army to be a tin-knocker like his old man. He turned their petite carport into a sheet metal fabrication shop that slowly but steadily became a very profitable business venture. After retiring, Dad consulted for his old competitors who knew him by the nickname of “Johnny Hustle.” Nobody worked harder than dad. He could make or fix anything with a pencil, a ruler, a heavy pair of snips, and a Phillips head.

Editor’s note: Click here for chapter 1 in this weekly fiction serial

Characterization 101: Characterizing Through Surroundings

Part 14 in an ongoing weekly series of writing advice

Welcome to this series on how to write fiction from a conservative point of view. These posts can simply be read, or you are invited to join a guided writer’s workshop to practice and critique with other writers. To join the workshop, please email me, Jamie, at kywrite [at] gmail.com and request an invitation.

The Libertarian Fantasy of ‘Letterkenny’

Deconstructing Canadian Culture, Part 2: “Humour”

In our last post we explored the high-energy, low-stakes, and ultimately aimless retro-gaming netherworld that was Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World and found a lot of art but little matter. So for now we’ll depart the big city of Toronto and take a trip into Canada’s equivalent of flyover country into the little town of Letterkenny.

Now, I should state right up front that making fun of rustics and calling it “Canadian humour” is a trope almost as old as Canada itself, even though I do in fact know that there’s nothing uniquely Canadian about it. Letterkenny is in a tradition dating back to the grand old man of Canadian humour, the Canadian Mark Twain, Stephen Leacock (who I’ll be covering in a later installment).

PreTeena: October 1 – October 7, 2018

Sunday Comics!

You won’t want to miss these hilarious cartoons depicting the ups and downs of adolescence. Now each week’s strips will debut on Sundays as the lead strip of Liberty Island’s Sunday Comics feature. If you draw a comic and would like to have your work featured on Sundays, please contact us: [email protected] Check out Allison Barrows’ new PreTeena blog here.

A Gorgeous Sunset: Pink, Orange, and Blue Memories from October 7, 2016

*Submit your photographs of nature and the outdoor life to [email protected] to participate in this weekly feature exploring the natural world.*

New Humor Essay: Back in the Saddle

There comes a time in most men’s lives when treatment for erectile dysfunction goes from being some other poor bastard’s problem to something that must be seriously considered. Performance has become less reliable than in youthful glory days, and the underperformance has begun to affect self-esteem and intimate relationships.

Things can be especially confusing if you’ve been out of the loop, i.e. been off the market in those transitory years between steadfast rigidity and a feeling akin to trying to fold a California King foam mattress into the back of a minivan.

How Hollywood Could Be Keeping the Alien Threat at Bay

Humans’ historical documentaries on how various things were discovered will be considered true-life horror biopics to aliens. Then again, this will explain how we developed so quickly. Our fictional broadcasts of us hacking into alien computers, turning random items into superweapons and so forth, if understood, may make aliens think we’re more advanced or dangerous than we really are.

Humans may be left alone because our geniuses are so dangerously unpredictable. Our prank shows and reality shows like Mythbusters may be what are saving us from alien invasion. We take pleasure in exploding stuff and use it as educational content for our children? Let’s leave that planet alone.

An EMP Attack: Worse Than the Zombie Apocalypse

I started the American Blackout series three years ago and, last month, Liberty Island Media released book one, Pulse of the Goddess. The young heroine, Emily Cricket Hastings, is one part Nancy Drew and two parts Joan of Arc. She’s a young aviator, hair stylist, and dreams of becoming a geologist someday. Cricket knows firearms, is a good hunter, and her father’s chief of police of their small Ohio town. She’s also been listening to Rush Limbaugh for years. Potentially, Cricket can fight terrorists, zombies, and space aliens, anything I put in her path. Zombies have been a favorite of mine, but they’ve well saturated the market. Go “Walking Dead!”

In my search for villains and disasters, I started reading about the devastation of an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) attack knocking out the nation’s electrical grid. Late one night, I scared myself imagining people at work and likely never making it home. Even with a short commute, they’d be hoofing it with thousands of other folks, running with a terrified mob of desperate, hungry, scared, and lonely people, who had abandoned their dead cars. Add northern Ohio’s freezing temperatures of late fall and winter and a new circle of hell emerges. That night, well into the witching hour, I reconsidered throwing in my hat with zombies or the frightening creature in John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place.

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