Alex Segura

Senior Vice President of Publicity and Marketing at Archie Comics and Editor of Dark Circle Comics. My first novel, Silent City, is out now from Codorus Press. It's a mystery set in Miami. I'm in a band: Faulkner Detectives. We play in and around NYC. Born and raised in Miami. I've written some comics, including ARCHIE MEETS KISS. I live in lovely Kew Gardens, Queens with my awesome wife and our two cats, David Byrne and Mimi. Music, sports, movies, comics and book lover. This is my Tumblr. For more info, visit my website.
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Times Square, with many of the lights dimmed to save electricity during World War II / photo by William C. Shrout, April 1942.

Americans spent $5.5 billion on sports drinks, mostly Gatorade and Powerade last year. Even 12 percent of elementary school kids drink sports drinks. And that doesn’t even count expenditures on other sports nutrition products, like an estimated $583 million spent on nutrition bars in 2013, or the more than 25 million packets of GU energy gel produced each year. Endurance athletes have unique nutritional needs, which means at least some of the sports nutrition products on the market serve a crucial purpose. But how many of us guzzle Gatorade while training for a marathon, and how many of us drink it while sitting on the couch? In cycling terminology, “bonking” means running out of your body’s stored glycogen. Your body stores about 2,000 calories of energy as glycogen, which it can easily convert to glucose and use as quick fuel. Running burns about 100 calories per mile, so it’s not hard to see why the estimated four in 10 marathon runners who bonk tend to do so around mile 20.
I was never a huge fan of Norman Mailer’s writing, but I always thought he was a deeply fascinating, impossibly singular, sporadically terrifying personality. When he died last November, people kept claiming he was the “last of a breed,” but I’m not sure that assessment is accurate; I don’t think there is a “breed” of human who would choose to celebrate New York mayoral runs by stabbing their wives with penknives. He was, as they say, His Own Man. But as I read the countless tributes and eulogies, I was reminded of a cultural shift that has been quietly happening for twenty-five years: the disappearance of major American writers who care about professional boxing. And while I realize this is mostly due to the decline of the sport itself, I suspect it also illustrates a social evolution that has more to do with technology than with typing or punching. At least stylistically, Mailer was the greatest boxing writer of all time, although he certainly had rivals (George Plimpton and Joyce Carol Oates among them). His obituary in Sports Illustrated reprinted his central pugilistic theory, which originally ran in Esquire in October 1993: “[Boxing] arouses two of the deepest anxieties we contain. There is not only the fear of getting hurt, which is profound in more men than will admit to it, but there is the opposite panic, equally unadmitted, of hurting others.” This was the inevitable thesis for all of the Hemingway-influenced boxing writers. What made the sport transcendent was its relationship with the base qualities of being alive. There is nothing contextual about hitting another man, and there is nothing metaphysical about getting punched in the face. For most of the twentieth century, people who wanted to write about primordial reality wrote about fighting. But not anymore. It seems we have finally reached the point where modern Americans have no relationship with primordial reality whatsoever. As a result, nobody cares (or writes) about the metaphoric meaning of boxing.
The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept. The “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance,” a 166-page document issued last year by the National Counterterrorism Center, spells out the government’s secret rules for putting individuals on its main terrorist database, as well as the no fly list and the selectee list, which triggers enhanced screening at airports and border crossings. The new guidelines allow individuals to be designated as representatives of terror organizations without any evidence they are actually connected to such organizations, and it gives a single White House official the unilateral authority to place “entire categories” of people the government is tracking onto the no fly and selectee lists. It broadens the authority of government officials to “nominate” people to the watchlists based on what is vaguely described as “fragmentary information.” It also allows for dead people to be watchlisted. Over the years, the Obama and Bush Administrations have fiercely resisted disclosing the criteria for placing names on the databases—though the guidelines are officially labeled as unclassified. In May, Attorney General Eric Holder even invoked the state secrets privilege to prevent watchlisting guidelines from being disclosed in litigation launched by an American who was on the no fly list. In an affidavit, Holder called them a “clear roadmap” to the government’s terrorist-tracking apparatus, adding: “The Watchlisting Guidance, although unclassified, contains national security information that, if disclosed … could cause significant harm to national security.”

Davie Byrne photographed by Annie Leibovitz, 1986

Nice plug for THE SHIELD from the always gracious @paulcornell! @ghostfinder @chuckwendig: My friends Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig have, meanwhile, revived and gender-flipped one of the oldest heroes, The Shield, as part of Archie’s revived Dark Circle line of super hero comics. It’s gained loads of media attention. This is the guys’ first comics work. It’s always pleasing to see mates of mine move into another medium. Adam also has a new novelette, Brisk Money, up at the Tor site.

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HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY!

Greg Rucka’s new novel, Bravo, follows two women: one, an American agent emerging from deep cover, is still coming to grips with what her “real” life really is. The other is an avid instrument of death, who will stop at nothing to execute her lover’s plans. Jad Bell, who saved the country once in Alpha, is going to have his hands full with these two.

Click here to read more about Bravo.

So, let’s talk about this a little bit.

My new novel comes out today. It’s available in all of the tasty electronic formats that you’d expect, as well as in a snazzy, cloth-covered hardback that feels quite nice in your hand. It is full of words, some 90,000 of them or so, with almost all of them put in a coherent order by yours truly. Sometimes, I managed to put them into an order that, when you read them, you feel an emotional response. Sometimes, I managed to put them in an order that, when you read them, you may laugh out loud, or smile to yourself, or wince, or cringe, or get that look we humans get when we are worried for someone and empathize with them and are hopeful that things will work out for the best.

I am not — believe it or not — good at self-promotion. I think I rather stink at it. I have not the social media wizardry of warrenellis, nor the both-barrels-brilliance of a kellysue, nor the glee and wit of a brianmichaelbendis or mattfractionblog. My tumblr, it has been noted, is not something one should follow if one is prone to depression, as I am somewhat unrelenting in my reportage of a world heading to hell in a handbasket.

The day the book enters the world is always a little melancholy for me, to tell the truth. It’s a day where this work that has been so intimately tied to my life for so long is released to sink or swim, into an environment that is, frankly, hostile to it — there are those of us who love books, love reading, but our numbers, I fear, continue to dwindle.

It is going to sound remarkably sappy to say this, but I want my book to be happy.

(Yes, the analogy to parenting is strong, yes, I know, look, I’m not MAKING you read this, okay?)

I want it to find an audience. I want it to find people who will enjoy it, maybe one or two people who will fall in love with it. I want it to make people think, perhaps, just a little bit. I want them to have fun with it.

All this to say, world, here is my new book. It’s name is BRAVO, and it’s about a somewhat broken man trying to do his duty, and a somewhat broken woman trying to recover what she’s lost in doing hers.

To those of you who pick it up, who give it a try, my thanks. I sincerely hope you enjoy it.

Four years ago today, with a who’s who of congressional Democrats standing over his shoulder, President Barack Obama signed into law the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, hailing it as the answer to preventing future financial meltdowns. “For years,” the president said at the signing ceremony, “our financial sector was governed by antiquated and poorly enforced rules that allowed some to game the system and take risks that endangered the entire economy.” But, years later, much of Dodd-Frank has not been implemented and the risks to the economy remain. According to law firm Davis Polk, which has been tracking the law, just 52 percent of the rules mandated by Dodd-Frank have been finalized by federal regulators. Another 23 percent have been proposed but not yet ironed out, and regulators haven’t even gotten around to crafting 96 required rules—24 percent of the total bill.
John Napier Tye is speaking out to warn Americans about illegal spying. The former State Department official, who served in the Obama administration from 2011 to 2014, declared Friday that ongoing NSA surveillance abuses are taking place under the auspices of Executive Order 12333, which came into being in 1981, before the era of digital communications, but is being used to collect them promiscuously. Nye alleges that the Obama administration has been violating the Constitution with scant oversight from Congress or the judiciary. “The order as used today threatens our democracy,” he wrote in The Washington Post. “I am coming forward because I think Americans deserve an honest answer to the simple question: What kind of data is the NSA collecting on millions, or hundreds of millions, of Americans?” If you’ve paid casual attention to the Edward Snowden leaks and statements by national-security officials, you might be under the impression that the Obama administration is already on record denying that this sort of spying goes on. In fact, denials about NSA spying are almost always carefully worded to address activities under particular legal authorities, like Section 215 of the Patriot Act or Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. An official will talk about what is or isn’t done “under this program,” eliding the fact that the NSA spies on Americans under numerous different programs, despite regularly claiming to be an exclusively foreign spy agency. Executive Order 12333 is old news to national-security insiders and the journalists who cover them, but is largely unknown to the American public, in part because officials have a perverse institutional incentive to obscure its role. But some insiders are troubled by such affronts to representative democracy. A tiny subset screw up the courage to inform their fellow citizens. Tye is but the latest surveillance whistleblower, though he took pains to distinguish himself from Snowden and his approach to dissent. “Before I left the State Department, I filed a complaint with the department’s inspector general, arguing that the current system of collection and storage of communications by U.S. persons under Executive Order 12333 violates the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures,” Tye explained. “I have also brought my complaint to the House and Senate intelligence committees and to the inspector general of the NSA.”