Author Archives: Andy Turpin

‘The Next 100 Years’ May Not Bode Well for Armenia

To personify the tone of George Friedman’s newest book of speculative geopolitics, The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century (Doubleday, 2009), I shall quote F.D.R. when he allegedly said of Nicaraguan despot and U.S. proxy Anastasio Somoza García: “Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he’s our son of a bitch.”

Aris Janigian’s New Novel ‘Riverbig’ Tells the Story of California’s Early Armenian Community in Epic Saga

It might be a bit too glib or give the wrong impression to say that Aris Janigian’s newest novel, Riverbig (Heyday Books, 2008) is sour grapes, because the novel is impeccably well written with characterizations dead on their mark and craggy and worn as Sierra mountain stone. But neither would you recommend the book to someone depressed, unless they’re a glutton for fictional punishment.