Barry Eisler

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Art, Craft, Revolution... and Scott Turow Taunting


In a new Huff Post interview, my thoughts on the craft, the business, and the revolution in publishing.  Also I taunt Scott Turow.

"Generally, there are four levels of knowledge. There's research at a library or on the Internet along with books and articles. Then there are interviews to conduct with people who've actually been there. Then, there's your own direct experience, if you have it. The fourth element is..."

"What really threatens America are not stateless acts of terror themselves, but rather, America's over-reaction to those acts. To me, it's axiomatic: who is more powerful -- Al Qaeda or the nuclear-armed, 350 million population America? Al Qaeda is a flea compared to American might and power. If we turn that power on ourselves, that is a national security threat. The only way any stateless actor can really threaten our national security is by tricking or persuading America to turn its own might against itself. And that's what's been happening since 9-11. As much as a cold virus is not lethal, if the body's defenses to that little pathogen causes it to run a fever of 107 trying to destroy it, the body might kill itself. America's response has been exactly like that -- a spectacular over-reaction. The only entity able to really hurt America today is America itself. And if you want to write a great thriller -- one with the highest and most realistic stakes -- that's the thriller to write..."

Read the whole thing here.
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2 Comments:

Blogger Lyle Lachmuth said...

Right on Barry ... in the view of this Canuck "America" has become rather paranoid.

I did my Masters at Pepperdine in the 80;s only a percentage of y'all were paranoid ... post 911 I think, guesstimate, 80% are ... it scares me everytime I go to airport in YYC and have to go through Homeland Security ...

Sadly, I do not know what the hell to do about ...so I avoid going to the US

Thursday, September 26, 2013 1:59:00 AM  
Blogger Daniel Kenney said...

Loved the interview Barry. Well done as usual

Wednesday, October 02, 2013 11:14:00 AM  

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