September 7, 2006 on Reviews
Imagine a bunch of guys sitting around in a circle thinking of the best ways to bring down the biggest cities in the U.S.
Writer Brad Meltzer was invited to be one of those guys.. a guy who brainstorms “out of the box” ideas for the government so they can get prepared for it before the terrorists can even come up with it. Meltzer’s newest creation, “The Book of Fate”, was featured on All Things Considered. The book was inspired by George Bush and follows the life of a former president. I haven’t read it (yet), but apparently it is filled with hundreds of tiny, detailed references. Meltzer also wrote the Millionaires, a book about money laundering. This guy is a creative genius. So, the gov called him up to asked him to be in a focus group. In the interview, he talks about how he sat in a room cooking up ideas with chemists and engineers. It’s absolutely wild. Then at the end he talks about how it’s kind of creepy, but that he’s slightly comforted by the fact that the US government is using all its resources to fight terrorism. I’d like to see a movie about one of these focus groups.. maybe it could have some flash forwards or inset sequences with imagery of what they’re planning. It could be really scary/creepy/inappropriate. But maybe in 50 years when, we hope, terrorism is no longer the threat it is today.