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Leonard Pierce
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Roberto Rossellini's "Rome, Open City" is 71 years old, in black and white, with subtitles, and features zero superheroes, aliens, or car chases. There is therefore no reason anyone should see it or talk about it. Still, I did it anyway.

http://www.leonardpierce.com/blog/2016/07/21/the-infinite-pathways-of-god/
There is no such thing as purity in cinema, and even the expressions we find most effective and audacious are compromised in a million little ways before we ever come close to seeing them. One cha…
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Perhaps you have heard of the famous cultural game/phenomemon, "Pokémon GO". I am here to tell you all about it.

http://www.leonardpierce.com/blog/2016/07/19/thou-shalt-catch-them-all/
Six months ago, if you had a grown adult wearing a t-shirt with a children’s character crash into you in a public place because they had their face buried in a cell phone screen and werenR…
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Boy, do I like the new Preacher TV show! Or do I? I guess there's only one way to find out!

http://www.leonardpierce.com/blog/2016/07/16/bein-good-isnt-always-easy/
Preacher was a comic of its time, and that time was the 1990s. To put it another way, Preacher was a comic of the time when many of its biggest fans — fans who are now television-watching adu…
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Hi, friends --
I don't often post anything like this, but it's not often that someone I care about so much needs so much help. If you know Tom Block, you know how great he is -- and if you follow him on Facebook, you know how critical his health situation is. So I'd like to ask you for three things:
1. Check out the link below to the GoFundMe account we've set up to help him.
2. Give something -- as much or as little as you can -- to the account.
3. Spread the word to anyone and everyone you know so that they have a chance to help out too. https://www.gofundme.com/tomblocktreatment is where to go.

Thank you so very much.
Our friend Tom Block is in serious trouble and needs our help. Let us tell you about Tom. He’s smart , funny , a great storyteller , a terrific writer , and a critic of unusual insight . He’s lived a life many of us would love to lead. Most recently he took a two-year road trip around America,...
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It's book review time! My thoughts on "Mr. Kafka", a collection of Soviet-era short stories from the late Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal:

http://www.leonardpierce.com/blog/2016/07/11/to-save-you-from-a-life-of-need/
It takes a lot of nerve for anyone, let alone a Czech, to title a story “Mr. Kafka”. Finicky Franz casts such a huge shadow on the literature of Prague that it’s audacious to the…
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Look, I know nobody needs to hear anything I have to say about Alton Sterling or Philando Castile. There are days I only write to stay sane. But here it is, if you want it.

http://www.leonardpierce.com/blog/2016/07/07/black-lives-matter/
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My annual 4th of July sermon. The idea that we have only binary choices, that we must accept the lesser of two evils, that we don't have the money or resources or ability to do important things that need to be done, is a lie fed to you by the bosses to keep them where they are. America isn't just capable of doing the impossible; we specialize in it.

http://www.leonardpierce.com/blog/2016/07/04/america-the-impossible/
Today is the Fourth of July, America’s national holiday. Longtime readers of this site will know that every day on this year, I post a little sermon about the state of the country, always tr…
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Hey, remember that show "Better Call Saul"? Sure you do! It was just on! Uh, like, three months ago. I meant to write about it then but I got caught up in some other nonsense no one read. Anyway, here's some things I think about that show:

http://www.leonardpierce.com/blog/2016/07/20/slippin-jimmy/
Better Call Saul might have seemed like it was born with the television equivalent of a silver spoon in its mouth. Afforded every advantage by the AMC network, and bringing with it a built-in audi…
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Ever since DC decided that, given how completely trouble-free their company is, they can afford to blame every shitty turn their lousy comics have taken in the last 20 years on the one person who basically single-handedly invented comics that a grown human would not be mortally embarrassed to read, I've figured a robust defense of Alan Moore was called for. So here it is.

http://www.leonardpierce.com/blog/2016/07/18/dark-satanic-mills/
We kill our idols at such an alarming rate, you’d think we could afford to replace them. At a time when great artistic achievement is increasingly hard to find, we have been gripped with a m…
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OH SHIT I REVIEWED "GHOSTBUSTERS" SURELY MY GENITALIA WILL BE MOCKED AND DERIDED

Anyway I liked it.

http://www.leonardpierce.com/blog/2016/07/15/makes-me-feel-good/
It says something — something I am dead certain is not good — about our culture that the preeminent political statement of the moment is where you stand on the Ghostbusters remake. As …
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This week has kinda sucked. Here are dumb jokes to cap off your Friday.

http://www.leonardpierce.com/blog/2016/07/08/as-rare-as-a-blue-sky/
OLD TIME RADIO FAVORITES Where Creeps the Shuffler! From the Casebook of Kidneypunch O’Sullivan Oh, Those Bulczywyczs! The Aaron’s Basinet Polish and Badney’s Consumption Grease Old-Time Variety Hu…
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Yorgos Lanthimos' "The Lobster" is absurd, pretentious, impenetrable, and very possibly insane. It's also the best movie I've seen all year. My review: http://www.leonardpierce.com/blog/2016/07/06/an-excellent-choice/
Yorgos Lanthimos does something that is almost unprecedented in film today: he makes moves that are entirely original. Say what you will about his work — that it is ridiculous, that it is pr…
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Education
  • Arizona State University
    English, 1992 - 1994
  • Glendale Community College
    General, 1988 - 1992
  • Glendale High School
    General, 1983 - 1986
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Other names
Slowdeath
Story
Tagline
Losing feels worse than winning feels good.
Introduction
I am a freelance writer and editor in and around Chicago, IL.  I like drinking and sleeping, but I do more of the former than the latter.  I can be found in various haunts, desperately searching for tubed meat.
Bragging rights
I have one of the world's largest collections of impenetrable anecdotes.
Work
Occupation
Freelance writer, content editor, semi-professional media intake device.
Skills
Editor, writer, proofreader, project coordinator, program planner, office manager, administrative and support professional.
Employment
  • Self-Employed
    Freelance Writer/Editor, 1987 - present
    Freelance writer, editor, proofreader, and content provider. Works in all media, writing features, business documentation, advertising, journalism, criticism, and other forms of value-added content.
  • DCI-Artform
    Proofreader/Editor, 2015 - present
    Reviewing, proofing & editing materials for marketing company. Working with major global brands on multimedia marketing materials and programs.
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Chicago, IL
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Oxnard, CA - Seattle, WA - Glendale, AZ - Phoenix, AZ - Peoria, AZ - Los Angeles, CA - Irving, TX - San Antonio, TX - Columbia Heights, MN - San Carlos, Mexico