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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:09 PM

As a writer, I have three personal heroes: Robert Penn Warren, Hunter Thompson and Stephen King

Robert Penn Warren is the reason I became a writer. Hunter S. Thompson is the reason I write politics. Stephen King is the reason I know how to do it.

Robert Penn Warren taught me that words can be music. Hunter S. Thompson taught me that passion belongs in political advocacy. Stephen King, however, taught me the most important lesson of all: Writers write.

In this, King has combined all three lessons.

Stephen King's eBook 'Guns' Attacks NRA, Gun Owners, Politicians Over Inaction And Hypocrisy

The author Stephen King today published Guns, a powerful essay about gun culture, in which he calls on gun owners to support the ban on semi-automatic weapons.

King, famous for writing books including Misery, The Shining, It and Carrie says in Guns, which was released as a short ebook on the Kindle Singles platform, that “strict gun control would save thousands of lives.”

He added that "to claim that America’s 'culture of violence' is responsible for school shootings is tantamount to cigarette company executives declaring that environmental pollution is the chief cause of cancer."

King, known for being a Democrat, is a gun owner, stating in the piece that he owns three handguns. He also has a tangential relationship to previous school shootings, as a number of teenage gunmen in the 1980s claimed to have been inspired in part by King's novella Rage. That story was originally written by King as an adolescent, and is about a teenage gunman. It was later published under the pen name Richard Bachman. Following the shooting incidents, King requested to his publisher that the story be pulled from circulation.

The rest: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/25/stephen-king-ebook-guns-_n_2551128.html

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:14 PM

1. King has always been my hero. Love all his writings. n/t

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:15 PM

2. Until you

Remember, surprisingly, that
common men have done good deeds.
Until it

Grows on you that, at least, God
Has allowed us the
grandeur of certain utterances.
RPW

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:18 PM

3. King was a big influence on me early on

I stopped reading him after it seemed like he was cranking out a novel a week, but I still love his early works.

And he always writes engaging essays. I'll look forward to reading this one.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:22 PM

4. Stephen King's philosphy on becoming a writer:

"You have to read a lot and write a lot." That's pretty much it. And that, is just one of the reasons why I love Stephen King. He cuts through the bullshit like few others can.

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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:25 PM

5. Penn Warren's "All the Kin'gs Men" is my favorite American novel.

 

In the top three with Huck Finn and Moby Dick.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 01:26 PM

6. What about E.L. James

I have always wondered how much it pisses off struggling writes with talent to see an illiterate, ignorant, awful writer like this make tens of millions off something as terrible as Fifty Shades.

I personally feel bad for those authors and am even more dissapointed with our population as a whole if this is what stimulates them.

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