Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a Somali-born, Dutch educated woman without a country dedicated to telling the story of her struggle to the world. Most famously, she is also a filmmaker and social critic who collaborated with assassinated Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh. She has lived under a sentence of death since their film Submission was made. The message attached to the dagger with which Van Gogh was stabbed was primarily a death threat against Hirsi Ali. She has since emigrated to the United States where she now is employed as a resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. In 2005 she was one of Time magazine's World's 100 Most Influential People.
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.