Fox News is reporting that a furious Saddam Hussein exploded in court the other day, vowing to "crush your heads." I don't know about you, but that leaves me wondering if the deposed dictator gets Comedy Central in his jail cell and watches too much Canadian sketch comedy. It reminds me of that old Kids in the Hall skit wherein Mark McKinney as Mr. Ticsic, would look at people from a distance, and because of the optical illusion of foreshortening, put that person's head between his thumb and forefinger and say in a creepy little voice, "I crush your head!" The joke is that the guy is an odious loser whose impotent rage can only be expressed in this pathetic way. I can imagine Saddam sitting in his cage, getting the Judge's head between his thumb and forefinger and sniveling "I crush your head. Flat!" Talk about odious losers.
Welcome to Blank Space. In art, blank space is negative space. In writing, blank space exists between the lines of printed text (the black space). It is the unique perspective that a reader brings to the work; what the reader experiences in a work of fiction that may not be set down explicitly on the page. A work containing blank space has no overlong exposition, backstory or explanation. It is simple, direct and active.
Michael Hacker writes fiction, is a former stage actor and director, is interested in all forms of storytelling both character and plot-driven, loves to discuss philosophy, ethics and psychology, and criminal psychopathology. He is interested in crime and the legal system. He loves computers, but as an end-user. Mike's overall philosphy is stoic acceptance that mixes Christianity with the philosophy of Epictetus.