Gordon Haber

Writer, publisher, mediocre guitarist

Category: Thinkiness

Trump is a Fascist. Here’s Why.

  Trump is not Hitler. He is Mussolini, with the one exception being that Il Duce wrote his own books. I’m sure people have noticed this before. But after that last night’s horrifying debate I went back to look at Robert O. Paxton’s 2004 book, The Anatomy of Fascism.  Paxton acknowledges that fascism is tough to define. […]

Literary Selfie: Summer 2016

  My new short story, His Grandmother’s Memory, is available here as an Amazon Kindle single. I read from my short story Publish and Perish for C-Span. I had a piece about the prosperity gospel in Religion & Politics. I had a piece about the key to understanding Bernie Sanders (hint, he’s an aging Jewish man) […]

I Have Figured Out How to Pay Writers

Not much, maybe, but something. That’s the idea behind Dutch Kills Press, LLC. It’s the company I started to publish e-books. Each contributor earns 50% of the profit from his or her e-book. So if a contributor doesn’t earn much, neither does the company. The summer list is up. Check out the website. If you don’t have a Kindle […]

The 20 Best Novellas in the History of Mankind

Video: “How do peasants die?” On the life and death of Tolstoy, famous vegetarian. I love me some novels and short stories. But I am particularly attracted to novellas. (Here’s mine! Buy them!) I was reminded of this after re-reading one that blew me away (see #20). So I thought I’d revisit my own list. […]

The 10 Things That Successful People Don’t Do on Monday Mornings

  Many people have asked me how I got so successful. “Gordon,” they say. “How did you get so much of the success?” The first thing I tell them is that behind every good man there is a good woman with a better job. The second thing I tell them is that success is less […]

A Brief Guide to Appropriate vs. Inappropriate Reactions to the Violence in Yarmouk

Appropriate Shock, Sadness, Anger Donation to Syria Relief or Doctors Without Borders Inappropriate Noting the hypocritical silence of those who only care about Palestinians when they are harmed by Israelis, which, while being a trenchant observation, makes you look petty if it’s your only reaction to epic suffering  

This Way to the Gas Chambers, Ladies and Gentlemen (Auschwitz 2003)

An excerpt from my unpublished travelogue about Poland, in honor of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. As the bus left the station, my breakfast was trembling in my belly. I hadn’t slept much, maybe four hours. It was going to be a bad day, clouded by fatigue and dyspeptic twinges. Then I […]

A Brief Guide to Appropriate vs. Inappropriate Reactions to the Massacres in Paris

Appropriate Shock Sadness Anger Confusion Inappropriate 1000-word article on how the massacre precisely confirms your already existing world-view

Top 5 Psychic Predictions for 2015

You will see a link to a list, and you will click on that link, and you will lose three minutes of your life reading that list, and you will hate yourself for your weakness. Someone will get mad about something that has to do with Israel. In a futile bid at non-conformity, 70,000 white […]

Generic Post-Soviet Jewish Novel

I was a child in Russia where everybody thought a Jew was a very bad thing, even other Jews. Actually it was Ukraine but Americans don’t know the difference so we just say “Russia” and leave it at that. Anyway during glasnost period — remember Gorbachev, the bald Russian politician with spot shaped like Japan […]

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