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Letter from the Editor: Happy Holidays!

December 11, 2018Marty Skovlund Jr.
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It’s that time of year again: copious amounts of eggnog, fourth cousins rooting through your fridge, and last-minute shopping. Regardless of which holiday you celebrate, December seems to bring out the best and the worst, whether it’s people, food, or gifts.

There’s one thing you can count on this month though: a great issue of Coffee or Die Magazine!

December’s feature story is something I’ve been working on for months. I traveled to the southern border of Texas to talk with a U.S. Border Patrol officer, and then went to Virginia to sit down with a family who migrated to the United States from El Salvador. The border patrol has been getting a bad rap lately, but I firmly believe that the vast majority of the agents securing our borders are good people. I also believe that the vast majority of folks who are fleeing violence in Central America are good people, too.

Everyone has strong opinions about immigration policy, but my goal with Eagle Pass: The Christmas One Border Patrol Agent Will Never Forget was to show that the situation is often more complicated than either “side” would like to admit. Read it with an open mind, and I look forward to reading the comments!

I’m excited to announce that we have the incomparable Jack Mandaville on the roster this month! Jack is one of the most talented guys I know and is a next-level comic. Check it out for yourself — read his humorous take on the holiday heroes you should definitely be thanking for their service. And then thank Jack for his service as a wordsmith extraordinaire.

We took a look at two different books this month. Garland Kennedy examined the new apocalypse-thriller “Black Autumn” for pro survival tips, and our resident South African, Martin Stokes, talked to Leo Jenkins and Matt Griffin about how they wrote a bestselling book in 90 days. I’ve personally taken a look at both books, and you won’t go wrong with either.

We obviously didn’t want to leave you hanging on the coffee front this holiday season, so Paige Billings hooked you up with some go-to holiday coffee drinks, and Maggie BenZvi highlights classic coffee scenes from a few great movies.

Whether you’re looking for entertaining Christmas content, an inspiring look at a world champion knife thrower, a serious look at how a Delta Force soldier is dealing with post-traumatic stress, or a U.S. Marine who has survived multiple mass shootings — we’ve got you covered in the December issue of Coffee or Die Magazine!

Stay safe and enjoy the holiday season,

Marty Skovlund, Jr.

Coffee or Die Magazine


Marty Skovlund Jr.
Marty Skovlund Jr.

Marty Skovlund Jr. was the executive editor of Coffee or Die. As a journalist, Marty has covered the Standing Rock protest in North Dakota, embedded with American special operation forces in Afghanistan, and broken stories about the first females to make it through infantry training and Ranger selection. He has also published two books, appeared as a co-host on History Channel’s JFK Declassified, and produced multiple award-winning independent films.

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