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Checking In

Posted: March 16, 2014 in Blog Stuff

Hi folks… Long time no see! I’ve been a bit busy with the Alice in Chains book, as well as a few other things in the short and long term, so blogging has been infrequent, to put it mildly. Work on the book is coming along nicely – I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel! Hopefully it’s not an oncoming train… Publication is tentatively scheduled for late 2014/early 2015, but I will make an announcement once the book is in the can and a date is set in stone.

A lot’s been happening in the world in recent times, so I will start picking up the pace a bit on this end, especially as work on the book winds down.

Hope all is well!


There have been some developments regarding the Alice in Chains project I’ve been working on for nearly two years. I recently signed a deal with a publisher. Here’s the official announcement, it ran in Publisher’s Marketplace yesterday (it’s behind a paywall, text is pasted below):

July 9, 2013

Pop Culture
Journalist David de Sola’s TOUCH ON THE DARK, the first and only biography on the band Alice In Chains, promising countless never-before reported stories on the band with exclusive access to producers, journalists, musicians, and many others who have never gone on the record about their time working with the band, to Rob Kirkpatrick at Thomas Dunne Books, by Anthony Mattero at Foundry Literary + Media (NA).

In the meantime, work on the project continues. We are hoping for a late 2014/early 2015 release.

You can read some of my previous reporting on Alice in Chains here, here and here. All of this will be covered in greater depth in the book.

Update: For visitors who have questions about me, I would recommend they read about my background and look at some of my previous work from over the years.
Even though it’s completely unrelated to Alice in Chains, if you want a general idea of how I’m writing the book, I would recommend reading The Man Who Volunteered for Auschwitz.

Milestone Post

Posted: February 26, 2012 in Blog Stuff, Blogging

Icepicks and Nukes broke the 7,500 views mark this morning. Thanks to all of you for reading this site. I hope you stick around and keep reading it.

Record Night

Posted: January 22, 2012 in Blog Stuff, Blogging

Thanks to all you readers out there for setting record traffic levels for the site on the night of the South Carolina primary. I will be live-blogging and tweeting the Florida primary on January 31. Hope you come by and keep checking the site as the returns come in!

Milestone Post

Posted: January 17, 2012 in Blog Stuff, Blogging

So according to the WordPress Dashboard, this is my 500th post on the blog, which broke the 6,000 hit mark some time today. Thanks to all of you who have been reading this over the years and hope you will stick around for the next 500 posts.

I’ve been busy working on a story the past few days, hence my lack of blogging. This story will see the light of day soon. I will post it here when it’s ready.

In the meantime, I’ll point out a few recent articles – most of them from Foreign Policy – which I highly recommend reading.

The Antisocial Network: Flashpoint’s Evan Kohlman looks at how cyber-jihadists reacted to the death of Osama bin Laden.

The Cost of Pakistan’s Double Game: RFE/RL journalist Daud Khattak assesses Pakistan’s complicated and contradictory tolerance and ties to jihadist groups and figures living in the country.

Replacing Bin Laden: Al-Hayat journalist Camille Tawil provides more biographical information and analysis about interim al Qaeda leader Saif al-Adel.

Misnomers and Misdirection: In light of Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress earlier this week in which he said “Israel will not negotiate with a Palestinian government backed by the Palestinian version of al Qaeda,” my former professor Daniel Byman looks at the differences between Hamas and al Qaeda.

Disgraced John Ensign Back In Legal Jeopardy: Murray Waas reports that Senator John Ensign’s last-minute decision to release more than 1,000 sensitive emails between himself, his lawyers, and his advisers to Senate Ethics Committee investigators could put him in legal jeopardy with the Department of Justice.

John Edwards Could Be Indicted Within Days: The Department of Justice plans to file criminal charges against former presidential candidate John Edwards, according to the Associated Press. The source says an indictment could come within days unless Edwards cuts a deal with prosecutors and pleads guilty to a negotiated charge.

Federal Prosecutors Try To Force New York Times Reporter To Reveal Sources: ABC News reports prosecutors have subpoenaed Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter James Risen to testify at the trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Stirling, who is accused of leaking classified information about Iran’s nuclear program to Risen, among other things. Risen plans to ask the court to quash the subpoena, but “sources close to Risen” cited in the article say he is willing to go to jail to protect his sources.

Happy Memorial Day weekend to all!

iPad/iPhone Test Run

Posted: March 28, 2011 in Blog Stuff, Blogging

iPad: Trying out the WordPress app.
iPhone update: Mission accomplished.

What’s In A Name?

Posted: March 28, 2011 in Blog Stuff, Blogging

In addition to the visual makeover, the blog’s name and address has changed. The name is based on the following quote by economist Thomas Schelling, taken from his seminal work “Arms and Influence”:

“Against defenseless people there is not much that nuclear weapons can do that cannot be done with an ice pick.”


Posted: March 28, 2011 in Blog Stuff, Blogging

After more than two years of inactivity, the blog has been given a new name and a makeover. Still the same management. Watch this space…