When I first heard that college students wanted to put “Trigger Warnings” on books that would be read in a class’s curriculum, I was alarmed. As a writer, especially a crime writer, I saw, and still do, see it as censorship. And the problems that it is meant to address, it actually may make worse.
When I was eighteen thru twenty-five, I paid for- and attended five colleges, where I majored in bong hits, binge drinking, hangovers and ditching class without being removed from campus. A young Liam Sweeny could get financial assistance and scholarships for an education he wasn’t ready for. A current Liam Sweeny can’t afford a college, but has the drive to secure an education.
In the spirit of always doing the right thing at the worst possible moment, I decided to take a day out of my bronchitis-laden week to record a reading of my latest story, a little shit-kicker called ‘Drifter’.