Palaceks novel is set in Americas heartland, where a small town comes together to protest the war. To mark the start of his book tour last month, Palacek mailed a tax form to the I.R.S. with a big black X on it -- a symbolic action for all of Bushs lies, he says. He likens the current administration to a fairy tale that hoodwinks misguided Americans. [Washington] keeps the truth locked away, marked to be opened after we are all dead, he says. They strike out the rest with a black magic marker.
In addition to puzzling proclamations, Palacek is well-known for his outspokenness. In the 1980s, he was imprisoned five times for protests at a Nebraska Air Force base. In 2000, he unsuccessfully ran for Congress on an anti-military, pro-immigration platform. Hes now devoted to full-time Bush-bashing. Say Palacek: There are many of us who want their children to grow up in a world not perverted by the mind of Karl Rove.
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