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Henry: The 419 Operator, by Adetokunbo Abiola

Adetokunbo Abiola is the author of American 419 and Other Stories.   I have been reading about Nigerian 419 operators for about twenty years. They are unique in their way of thinking. Their everyday operations have fostered widespread misery on numerous people and they never stop their activities, despite punishments. They always come back. In […]


Social Media: Everybody’s Talkin’ At Me 1

When I founded Laughing Fire Press back in 1998, the Internet was still a relatively new innovation. Websites were pretty static and people communicated with each other via email, chat rooms, and bulletin board sites. Social media in the form of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, MySpace, etc. had yet to be invented. Books were still sold […]


Vince – The Trading Desk Chief by Michael McGhee

Michael McGhee is the author of Happiness Ltd., published by Laughing Fire Press. For about 25 years, I have worked on Wall Street, first as a reporter and then for several of its firms. “The Street” is a social ecosystem that is unique in its outsized effect on the rest of the world. Like the […]


The Good Fight by Roberto Roja

A blog post in the ongoing series, Filth & Romance: Reflections of a Beautiful Madness by the author of Filth & Romance   I often wonder why we artists keep on writing, performing, painting, acting, creating, and directing when most subjects, emotions, expressions, ideas, and works have already been covered by some of the most […]


A Salute to Mr. Tambourine Man by Roberto Roja

This is another in a series of blog posts, Filth & Romance: Reflections of a Beautiful Madness, by the author of Filth & Romance   Bob Dylan has consumed my emotions and thoughts throughout the whole weekend. I found myself kicking back on the couch, a bottle of red wine placed beside me, listening to […]


The Agony Continues by Adetokunbo Abiola 1

Recent reports that Boko Haram rebels in Nigeria are openly attacking more towns have continued to raise eyebrows, with inevitable comparisons to a war situation. Unfortunately, their activities will only lead to a logical conclusion, which is the creation of more maltreated children. As the Nigerian crisis continues, and the government is at loss about […]


The Business of America

“The business of America is business” – Calvin Coolidge, President of the United States of America, 1923-1929   This statement by an American president over ninety years ago seems to sum up the philosophy underlying the rationale for the creation and existence of this nation. Starting as early as the founding of the republic almost […]