SHROOMS! I cooked a delicious dinner last night: a modified version of a recipe from a Food & Wine cookbook. Here's the deal. (All quantities are "add until it looks right.")I used: A nonstick pan. Olive oil, garlic (I used a heaping spoonful from a jar of minced garlic, but obviously you can use fresh chopped), a package of portobello caps (one cap for one person), button a.k.a. plain old white mushrooms, enoki mushrooms, fresh oyster mushrooms, shiitake marinade, heavy cream, fresh … [Read more...]

YOUR VOICE, MY WORDS: Have been thinking about fanfiction, and why I really love it even though I can't write it. Most of this post will be old news to people who read a lot of fanfiction, but I've definitely learned things about creativity and writing from thinking about this stuff, so maybe you will too. ...I've read in at least eight fandoms (not counting ElfQuest since I was, like, fourteen the last time I read that), but the examples in this post will be from Harry Potter and X-Men fandoms, … [Read more...]

HOW TO MAKE MOSS GRAFFITI. If this is real, it's supercool. Via The Corner. … [Read more...]

CONCRETE VERONICAS: A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of reading two books by Kathy Shaidle, alias Relapsed Catholic. I've been meaning to tell you all about them. Right now I'm underslept and overstressed, so this is not going to be eloquent; maybe the best advertisement I can give is to note that I'll be buying extra copies of both books to send to friends.The first one I read, God Rides a Yamaha: Musings on Pain, Poetry, and Pop Culture, is a small book, enticingly purse-sized, collecting … [Read more...]

eBAY WON'T SELL EUCHARIST. Yay. … [Read more...]

WHY DO WE ALWAYS COME HERE? I GUESS WE'LL NEVER KNOW: It's time for more of the search requests that brought people to this little blog. David Bowie and to star and Gnosticsee her squidscrewed up pentecostalswhy men have long hair and when it gets wet they have to shake their heads to let all the water outcartoon nervelooking to buy art for sublimationfavorite movies of gaysis there such a thing as ethics essaysconfucius rude ratsfilipino values centripetal moralitywhat happens eat kleenexmy … [Read more...]

CAESAR'S BATH MEME: Mansfield Fox throws me this thing, which I'd seen at various fine blog locales: "List five things that people in your circle of friends or peer group are wild about, but you can't really understand the fuss over. To use the words of Caesar (from History of the World Part I), 'Nice. Nice. Not thrilling . . . but nice.'"Here goes. In order of how fast I thought of them.1. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." I've watched a bunch of scattered episodes, and all of season... three? … [Read more...]