Bill C. Davis

Bill C. Davis

Bill C. Davis is a playwright.  Archive of his Common Dreams' articles here. His personal website here.

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Sunday, November 11, 2007
WGA Strike: In The Beginning There Was The Word
Writers create characters, conflict, resolution, syntax and whether we consciously intend to or not, morality. Some producers pay writers to feed a known appetite. Other producers are inspired to deliver a tale told as told by a writer they admire, and they will pay. Being paid before you write...
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Thursday, October 25, 2007
Coup de FOI
The most beguiling and vexing phrase associated with 9/11 was "Failure Of Imagination." It's an extraordinary phrase with wide-reaching implications. "Who could imagine etc.?" Ms. Rice wondered aloud into the universal camera. To imagine means vision. Lack of vision is at the root of disasters that...
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Tuesday, August 28, 2007
In The Men's Room
Senator Larry Craig (R-Idaho) most likely thought he was invisible - or he didn't fully exist when he was in the men's room. What was he thinking? What did he need? Could he have found someone with whom to share that part of himself in a not any less hypocritical but at least in a more discreet and...
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Thursday, July 26, 2007
Appetite for Humiliation
What seems to be part of the digestive process of the American psyche is both the witnessing of and the participation in the spectacle of humiliation. The programming of networks and certain marching orders in foreign engagements have in common the verb - humiliate. Large audiences watch the pained...
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Tuesday, January 23, 2007
In Harm’s Way
It sounds cozy – almost storybook. “In harm’s way.” This phrase presents what is happening to and with American troops as a static reality. Harm was there waiting for the troops to arrive and they got in the way of this thing that was coiled ready to meet the unsuspecting soldiers. The implication...
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Thursday, January 11, 2007
The Strategy of Atonement
It’s hard to hear speaker Pelosi claim that “we will not abandon the troops” because the abandonment happened a few years ago. Congress abandoned the troops - and the Constitution - when they handed absolute authority to an obviously compromised sensibility. By any standard this was not the...
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Friday, December 22, 2006
Trumped
Pop culture moments often reveal the current subterranean ooze. Rosie O’Donnell calls it as she sees it. It’s the nature and necessity of a comedienne. The truth is funny. An instinct for the truth is talent and trouble. She saw the carnival episode of Miss USA being absolved by the owner of the...
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Tuesday, December 16, 2003
Saddamania
Like a figure you love to hate in Wrestlemania operas, Saddam is a pumped-up hyped reality whose intense wattage is useful to the extent that it gives a patina of heroism to the very people who have given him his star status on the international stage. His resume is downloaded daily – hourly – so...
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Thursday, November 13, 2003
“…Like They Were Crazy.”
The other day in Fallujah American soldiers opened fire on a truck carrying chickens believing it was a truck filled with metal pipes that had eluded a checkpoint. Four Iraqi men and a ten-year old boy were killed. Ziad Abud Abadi, manager of a gift shop, witnessed the mistake. He said, “The...
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Wednesday, February 19, 2003
The "Irrelevant" in the Middle of the Living Room
What the Bush administration considers irrelevant is any organization or country that doesn’t have a meaningful military. Their military - and it is the Bush administration’s military, not ours – has the power to back up ultimatums. Their logic seems to be, if you don’t have a meaningful military...
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