California, Here I Come!

Life has been moving fast lately.

A month ago, I finished my studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science and returned to the United States. Today, I submitted the final draft of my dissertation. Assuming they approve it, I will have a Master’s of Science in Economic History.

Tomorrow, I’m moving to Los Angeles. In the evenings, I’ll be taking screenwriting classes at the University of Southern California in their Master of Professional Writing program. In the day, I’m looking for a job in the entertainment industry.

I will continue to write on this blog, as well as occasional op-eds for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Hazleton Standard-Speaker. I’m still working on my second book, which is now in its third draft. I hope my dissertation won’t be the last economics paper I research; I have several ideas to advance the field, and I plan to dive into them once I’m settled in L.A. I also have other books to write and, of course, screenplays that will absorb my new life.

I hope you continue to read it all.

Ask Your Congressman for Big White Hospital Ships

I promised you more depth on a new U.S. foreign policy if you told your friends to visit Trading Eights and I saw a spike in traffic. Sure enough, the past week saw 60% more viewers than the previous week. I have a hunch that a good portion of that is because I started putting music videos on the site, but I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt. The following excerpt comes from a column I wrote in the Hazleton Standard-Speaker in October 2008 after meeting Admiral Mullen. The previous week, I had criticized both the media and Senators McCain and Obama for “a myopic approach to foreign policy” in the first debate.   Continue reading “Ask Your Congressman for Big White Hospital Ships”