Tony Daniel

Tony Daniel’s Review of ‘Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall,’ by Tim Mohr Up at the ‘Federalist’

federalist4siteTony Daniel says that in his book Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Tim Mohr has done yeoman historical service in collecting a slice of that history in anecdotal form from many of the punks and punk rockers who were involved in the cultural eruption during the era—and the regime’s sclerotic efforts to stamp it out. Yet, argues Tony, Mohr’s heartfelt argument for the primacy of punk in bringing down the DDR government is weakened by his political naïveté and heavily undercut by his rote display of strident and thoughtless anti-Americanism.

Read the review here.

Tony Daniel Article “6 Questions About The Huge CIA Blunder That Allowed Enemies To Kill 70 U.S. Spies” at the ‘Federalist’

federalist4siteMore than 70 foreign nationals working as spies for the CIA in Iran and China were systematically identified and slaughtered in the past decade, thanks to agency negligence, according to recent reports. “How and when is this catastrophic failure going to come back and haunt us?” Tony asks. “Because it will.”

Read the article here.

Author Copies in for ‘Space Pioneers,’ with Tony Daniel Story “In From the Commons” Getting a Reprint

IMG_2470“This is one of the stranger things I’ve written,” says Tony.  “I wasn’t even sure it was science fiction when I started it, but about halfway through I figured out the ending and I realized it had to be science fiction.”

“In From the Commons” originally appeared in Asimov’s SF Magazine. Space Pioneers will be available at booksellers in December 2018. Check here for more details.

Tony Daniel Reviews ‘The Spy and the Traitor’ by Ben MacIntyre, a Thrilling Account of the Historically Important KBG-Agent-turned-British-spy Oleg Gordievsky at ‘The Federalist’

federalist4siteTony Daniel says historian Ben MacIntyre’s new book, The Spy and the Traitor, tells the thrilling story of how the KGB’s Oleg Gordievsky helped check the Soviet Union as Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan fought communism.  Gordievsky’s spying for the West had a definite impact on ending the Cold War and driving victory for freedom and democracy.

Read the review here.

Tony Daniel Reviews Reese Witherspoon’s Book-Cum-Coffee-Table-Fixture ‘Whiskey in a Teacup’ at the Federalist

federalist4siteTony Daniel says the book is mostly a product ad for her on-line brand, but also contains a short and charming memoir of Witherspoon’s grandmother. Tony writes: “Dorothea Draper was a good role model for all of us who believe that being a decent person is about far more than politics.”

Read the review here.

Tony Daniel Retrospective on the Astonishing Literary Legacy of James Michener at ‘The Federalist’

 

Michener-1024x766Tony Daniel says that the venerable best-selling author of historical fiction has gotten a bad rap in literary circles as Michener’s rejection of postmodernism has given rise to jaded and unfair judgments of his epic storytelling.

“Reconsidering The Astonishing Literary Legacy Of James Michener” is here.

 

Tony Daniel Reviews ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Movie and Book at ‘The Federalist’

federalist4siteIn his review here, Tony Daniel calls Crazy Rich Asians a fun American movie. He notes, tongue-in-cheek, that the cast is kind of like a Harvard freshman class in reverse (more on Harvard’s racist admittance policy here). He concludes that the film establishes no significant milestones whatsoever — other than being a much-needed island of semi-sophisticated entertainment for an adult audience in a sea of adolescent power fantasies and kitsch. But that is enough these days to make it worth seeing. Read the review here.

Former Students and Award-winning T.V. and Motion Picture Screenwriters VJ and Justin Boyd Deliver a Couple of Nice Mentions of Tony Daniel as One of Their Formative Writing Teachers

VJ-JustinIn an article in the University of Texas at Dallas Mercury, Tony Daniel’s former writing students and friends VJ and Justin Boyd, who have gone on to write for several television series including Justified and Channel Zero, and who jointly won the Screamfest award for best screenplay, talk briefly about getting their start in Tony Daniel’s scriptwriting class at UTD.

Tony taught graduate and undergraduate writing at UTD for six years, including scriptwriting, novel writing, and short story writing. He also taught the humanities course The Literature of Fantasy and Science Fiction each term.

Read the article here.

Retrospective on the Great V.S. Naipaul by Tony Daniel at the ‘Federalist’

naipaulTony Daniel says that with the death of the Nobel Prize winning author, we’ve lost a great writer who both valued civilization, and saw the world as it is, not how he wished it to be. Tony also examines in particular his favorite Naipaul novel, A House for Mr. Biswas.

Read the piece here.

Tony Daniel Reviews ‘Life After Google,’ by George Gilder at the ‘Federalist’

federalist4siteTony Daniel notes approvingly that George Gilder argues that centralized data behemoths like Google and Facebook are coming down, sooner rather than later, because the nature of the internet and the information economy is about to undergo a transformative change. The review is  here.