Race for the Iron Throne comes to Esquire.com!

So I did a piece for Esquire.com!


Please check it out, share it with your friends, comment on the article, etc.

– Steve


15 thoughts on “Race for the Iron Throne comes to Esquire.com!

  1. David Hunt says:

    That is so cool. I’ll admit that Esquire would not have been in the Top 10 places that I’d have expected to see your work. I’d have said Top 100, but I don’t know that many periodicals. Congrats on the article.

  2. Abbey Battle says:

    I cannot quite decide whether to chuckle into my beard first or instead salute your audacity in pretending that any given character from A Song of Ice and Fire could possibly bear a resemblance to any Democratic politician (or Republican either – we all know that Lord Tywin was a dam’-your-eyes Tory); do you have any preferences?

    • My own political preferences? Or which characters would be in what parties?

      • Abbey Battle says:

        Actually I meant whether or not I should chuckle or salute first – although it would be amusing to hear your speculation on which Westerosi Lords would have supported the Whigs or the Tories!

        • The Esquire piece was a bit of fun, but as serious history I wouldn’t make this kind of comparison. Politics is too historically constructed to really make these comparisons – the Whig/Tory split wouldn’t have happened without the Dissenter/Anglican split, anti-Catholic paranoia, the Civil War(s) and the Glorious Revolution, the rise of manufacturing and world trade, etc.

          The closest thing I can see to that is to compare the Southron Ambitions Conspiracy, which included the lords of the North, Vale, Riverlands and Stormlands (so more of a Northerly feel to it) who wanted a less powerful monarchy, with the more southerly Tyrells and Martells who were more loyal to House Targaryen.

  3. John W says:

    Cool. Congratulations.

  4. bryndenbfish says:

    ‘grats on getting published in Esquire! As a mushy libertarian, I enjoyed this. I chuckled at the description of post-2013 SOTU address Obama as Stannis. Wouldn’t a prickly libertarian like Ron Paul (who I never liked or voted for) or better still, Gary Johnson more fit the uncompromising personality that Stannis gives off?

    • Thanks!

      I was definitely not going by personality, but rather on the responding to setbacks thing.

      As I’ve indicated in my Hollow Crowns piece, Stannis is unusually expansive in his vision of the monarchy, so I don’t know if the libertarian thing quite works.

  5. scarlett45 says:

    This was wonderful! Thank you for writing it for us to enjoy.

  6. ajay says:

    Very good piece, and reminded me slightly of the piece from a couple of years ago describing the 2012 elections in GOT terms.http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2012/04/26/what-if-game-of-thrones-characters-were-presidential-candidates/

    “Weird religion, next in line, nobody likes him” – Mitt “Stannis Baratheon” Romney.
    “Pint-sized lump of pure evil,terrible husband” – Joffrey Baratheon. Or Newt Gingrich.
    “Right-hand man of previous ruler, keeps going on about climate change” – Al Gore at least came off slightly better than Ned Stark.

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