Award winning author, screenwriter and media commentator Andrew Klavan is the author of such internationally bestselling novels as True Crime, filmed by Clint Eastwood, and Don’t Say A Word, filmed starring Michael Douglas. Andrew has been nominated for the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award five times and has won twice.
In his PJM “Klavan on the Culture” columns, you will often find Andrew adding his witty commentary to the latest political debate, but Andrew has never thought of himself as a very political person:
The thing about working in the mosh pit of politics is that it gets very easy to get angry at your opponents, very easy to get self-righteous, and very easy to start impugning the motives of everyone who disagrees. And that’s antithetical to my main profession, being an artist — a job that requires a certain amount of understanding and compassion for everyone. So while I’m as rock-ribbed a Constitutionalist as you’ll find, I try hard to remember that people of good will really do disagree.
As you can probably deduce from the name of his column, Andrew is a self-described culture guy:
I love the arts, I love communication, media and so on. And what I’ve always loved about America is the hurly-burly of argument, chaos and disagreement — the million viewpoints clashing in the public square. That’s what the left has tried ever so hard to squeeze out of us. They never argue — all they do is call people names like “racist” or try to find other reasons why diverse opinions are illegitimate. So what I like to do is expose that and ridicule it on the one hand, and bring to light truth-tellers and free-thinkers on the other. I’d really much rather praise than attack, but knuckleheads are fair game.
That’s what Andrew does in his PJM column, and we’re honored that he says there’s no other place he’d rather do it.
When he’s not working, Andrew enjoys the outdoors:
I hike. I play tennis. I also love trying adventure stuff from time to time. I have a pilot’s license. And a black belt in karate. I just like to dabble in these things and then move on to something else. It gives me fresh stuff to think about and write about.
Be sure to add “Klavan on the Culture” to your reading list, if you haven’t done so already. You can also follow Andrew on Twitter, @AndrewKlavan, and “Like” him on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aklavan.