My understanding, Yogi, is that Putin is brotherless. That could be a lie. We have to deal with so many lies. Views, popularity, readership are all in the eyes of the beholder and, sometimes it’s a cockeyed world where writing, as bad as it may be, still touches on subjects the public wants. When I see someone get 23K claps, and the article itself is poorly constructed, I’m slightly confused. I call it the “E.L James” effect. We’re sensationalist readers. Shallow is okay, as is truly bad writing. If you see an irony here, we have presidential evidence suggesting our attractions lean more towards the absurd, the undocumented and the profound lie. This reflects in readership, views, claps, likes and whatever else serves as testimony to our popularity. Trying to explain it or rationalize it just won’t work. We like lies, lies are big, lies are bold and we obviously want more each day. If you want views, lie like the devil, exaggerate, tell the world you’ve had a terrible life. Sad as it sounds, it works.

I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.

I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.