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Four Traumatic Years Later

In the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, we asked a panel of distinguished guests to share their opinions on the outcome. Dr. Jennifer, Mercieca, professor of communications at Texas A & M University questioned the media’s involvement, “They put the camera in front of Donald Trump for a year and a half and they gave him over five billion dollars in free advertising, and they helped to normalize him as a credible candidate when he was a reality TV star.” Dr. Binoy Kampmark, senior lecturer & researcher in Global Studies at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia opined, “The very individuals who did matter in this vital and different election, call them the forgotten people, or the invisible ones, did actually turn up to vote. The blue-collar, white voter, a strange species who have been neglected by policymakers over the years. They were in the states that mattered.” Best-selling author, Mark Haskell Smith chastised the DNC, “We have to take the super delegates to task, they chose Clinton before there was even a vote in the primaries. She has turned out to be a complete disaster.” Famed caricaturist, Steve Brodner was angry, “Trump will damage the constitution! His backers are the alt-right!” Entertainment entrepreneur, Terry Morgan was saddened, “The number of people who did not vote, that was shocking. It’s the old adage of ‘you get what you pay for’.” “I shocked and depressed.” Said talented author Stephen O’Connor adding, “One of the best things to come out of this is that we on the left have a common enemy, we know what we have to fight for.” Comedian, actor, musician, author, and radio host, the irrepressible Dave Hill did not hold back, “Less than 25% of the country has helped to put the greatest piece of s*+t in office! This is without question the saddest week of my life! This is a triumph of ignorance and hate!”

All of those quotes are from four years ago. Yes, four undeniably traumatic years have passed by. And here we are facing another election. The “most important election of a lifetime” is heard ad nauseam. We are less than three days away from Election Day, but it may be days, weeks possibly before the official result is announced. Yet by Wednesday, November 4th we should all be certain of the outcome. This is why we will once again ask our panel of esteemed guests to share their opinions on the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. 

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Fact, Fiction & Dreams

Stephen O'Connor

If you were told a book of 600 plus pages that jumps from fact to fiction to dream sequences and back again is all about a well-documented historical figure, you would be forgiven for being just a little bit skeptical about said book’s readability. Stephen O’Connor was not only aware of the possible pitfalls in writing a book within those extreme and complicated parameters, he explains his possible trepidations at the end of his book, Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings. This is O’Connor’s debut novel and it is remarkable. It is like no other, in that the author uses fact and fiction to explain the story of the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings. But, he bases his fictionalized account of the taboo relationship on his careful study of the facts. “It was a common opinion that Hemings was subjected to the ordeal of ongoing rape.” Says Stephen O’Connor, “Then I read of the personal items Sally took with her after Jefferson died and I had no choice but to rethink what their relationship was really about.”  The scenes of intimacy between Jefferson and Hemings are exquisitely painted without stooping to the obligatory semi-erotica mode that fogs most fiction. “The sex scenes are beautifully described,” Says Norman B, “For me, O’Connor, captures the essence of James Baldwin’s deft hand in Giovanni’s Room.”

Stephen O’Connor will join us for the next edition of Life Elsewhere, we urge you not to miss Norman B’s conversation with the engaging author. You’ll hear a different and remarkable take on what O’Connor suggests is an often misinterpreted story. The author admits to using his imagination to conjure up scenes, but he also provokes the reader to consider how and why we dream. The title alone is a clue to the complexity of his tale. The lack of punctuation deliberately asks the reader to interpret, Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings.

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