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If your question "What in the world is a Breck?" was genuine (or I guess even if it wasn't), the answer is that there's no such thing as a Breck. The Louisville Breckenridges ("Brecks" for short) were named after John C. Breckenridge, vice president under Buchanan. He was a native of Kentucky.
Dear Mr. Card,
Read your lengthy comments on historical fiction and was surprised that Patrick O'Brian was not mentioned. He may not be everyone's (or your) cup of tea; but as a great many of your readers use your reviews to chart their voyages into new literary waters, I think you do them a disservice in not mentioning one of the most prolific and highly regarded writers of this genre. If you're not familiar with him, boy, are you missing a good 6333 page (not counting the lexicon, atlas, or cookbook) read!
I recently read your first book of the Ender Cycle. After the first pages, the story seemed strangely familiar to me. I soon realised I was reading Harry Potter in Space! I had to look at the first page to see the publishing date and see who was copying whom. Shame on Rowling!!
Ok that the iniciation of a children into adult life or the opressed child that discovers new abilities are common topic that can be more or less reused in different contexts, but the shameless plagiarism of Ender's familily, school, teams, the game... is really too obvious! Fortunately, she forgot to copy the psychological deepness of your character.
I entered Ender and Harry Potter sur Google to see if others have arrived to the same conclusion, this is how I found this page. How come the treachery of one of the most popular and obscenely rich authors has not been given more publicity??
I'm going to continue to read your books and advise them to others, and I hope one day some influential media will uncover Rowling's plagiarism (and the great author behind).
For the head slapping I've needed
"Get a little self-control, kids. You're all supposed to be grownups now. That means you don't always say or do whatever pops into your head, or act upon whatever "feeling" rises to the surface of your selfish little heart."
Mr. Card, I'm a teenager who's just realized he has to stop acting so obnoxious and immature, and finally grow up.
You've basically given me words to internalize at the point when I've finally realized I needed them.
Geez, it's just like karma or something, ain't it?
Thanks alot, OSC. Thanks a bunch.
You are so intent that you believe
only what you believe that you believe
that you remain utterly blind to what you really believe
without believing that you believe it
Orson Scott Card
Can some believe what isn't
or refuse to believe what is?
God Help Us!
My question is why can't people see this? It absolutely blows my mind when it seems so obvious to me that these things are taking place and are being ignored. Is honesty that far away from them? What they are doing is causing mistrust of the media. They have been the watch dogs for us every day working people. But now so far there is but a hand full that I feel that I can trust. I don't even like to watch ABC, NBC or CBS evening news. I go straight to FOX news. I feel that they are the most honest and probing newscast we have. By the way God Bless you for your honesty and being forthright. As my grandmother from North Carolina used to say "The truth will stand while the earth's on fire". From a Transplanted Tarheel in Blue Grass Country
My family, the Van Der Vort clan was a part of this story. I own and have read repeatedly this book. I see my family in it, not just the Dutch, but also the Plymouth Rock visitors mentioned who are also my family. It was a delightful education to see that a major part of America's attitude on freedom comes from the Dutch and not the closed minded Puritans (my family who came from England.) I recommend this book for anyone who wants to know a whole lot more than we were ever taught back in our primary school days.
Thank you Mr. Card for your review.
I have always been a capitalist, i have worked to better my life and lifestyle and never asked for anything more than i can earn. i have been following your columns since i found it two years ago, and thoroughly enjoyed your even handed insight. My question to you is should I be worried about our new president's policies hampering the capitalism that has made and kept our country strong for so many years?
Orson Scott Card put lots of spin on this one.
Clinton was nothing but news throughout his full term and was even impeached for some of his activities. When he left the White House, he was bankrupt with legal fees and had to hit the road with speaking engagements to recover. The irony is that he became the most sought after and respected speaker in the world -- a rock star.
There's plenty of blame to go around for our present sad situation. Our collective apathy has allowed hypocrisy, charade and corruption to occur.
This is three strikes and you're out: the savings and loan crisis in the 1980's, the Enron-Andersen debacle in 2001, and the present meltdown. We're still burying our heads in the sand. A 20-year experiment has unwound in earnest.
The savings-and-loan industry was deregulated in 1982. The Glass-Steagall Act, which prohibited commercial banks from having investment activities, was repealed in 1999. Among those shepherding this latter experiment through Congress were Alan Greenspan, Phil Gramm and Wendy Gramm.
Paul Volcker, George Soros, Bernard Lietaer, David Walker, Eugene Rotberg and others have been warning us of this impending disaster for years.
No one is blameless. President Clinton signed the repeal of Glass-Steagall. Four out the the Keating Five were Democrats. John McCain was the sole Republican. They were accused of improperly aiding Charles Keating, chairman of a failed saving and loan. Sound familiar?
Henry Paulson is now using dynamite in an attempt to prevent a depression.
One of Obama's economic advisers is Paul Volcker. McCain has gotten advice from Phil and Wendy Gramm. The top investment banks are now gone. The Fed cartel now owns AIG, an insurance company.
Where might this all end?
Failure to teach history is probably the most singular fault of modern U.S. education. If those who cannot remember (or never knew) the past are indeed condemned to repeat it, how many more boom-and-bust bubbles can we expect with ever-increasing frequency, courtesy of the next generation of uneducated masses?