One element of King's work that I've spent very little time discussing on this blog is his nonfiction writing. He's written a massive amount of it over the years, although much of it has been in the form of relatively brief pieces, such as his Pop of King columns in Entertainment Weekly.
Once in a while, though, he'll crank out an essay that, in terms of its breadth and scope, is every bit as impressive as one of his short stories. On Friday, January 25, King released just such an essay as a Kindle single.
You can read a bit about King's rationale for writing the essay, as well as his rationale for publishing it online, here.
Delving into a political topic like this one is sure to irritate some of King's more conservative fans, and writing about it here -- which will inevitably lead to me giving you my own opinion of the issue -- is likely to irritate some of my readers, too. In my case, we're talking about irritating maybe a few dozen people. In King's case, the potential ire he invokes is considerably larger, and you've got to admire Uncle Steve's willingness to risk pissing off that many potential buyers of his novels.
The essay itself, however, is quite a bit more middle-of-the-road than conservatives will probably assume it to be. Enough so that it might even irritate a few liberals, who might want King to have a more radical approach than he is putting forth here.
We're getting ahead of ourselves, though.