“Is it the Fourth?” — Thomas Jefferson’s last words according to his physician.
Fourth Night is a collection of essays, polemics, reportage, satire, fiction and photojournalism that I’ve been posting on the fourth night of every month since July 4, 2005. The topics range from Hungarian massages to Sarah Palin, from Cypriot boot camp to the 2006 Lebanon War, from China-bound presidential delegations to Kenya-bound Orthodox delegations, from salvia nightmares to toilet paper controversies. See my first posting for more details on why I first set up Fourth Night.
In an effort to start offering something more in step with the present-day climate, on July 4th, 2010, I began hosting a blog-based literary reality show on this website called Fourth Fiction. Twelve contestants, writing pseudonymously, each began a novella and readers voted them off until one remained. The spectacle ended on December 8 of the same year. When a journalist turns reality show host what can one say except that these are hard times indeed. So much for the alleged dignity of the writer.
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