STOP ME BEFORE I KISS AGAIN: Last night I was thrown a candy heart that read, "FAX ME." Now, that is pretty bad; but what I thought it actually said was the far, far better "FIX ME."This is one candy heart my world truly needs.In other partygoing news, this exchange: "Yeah, I heard that [The Talented Mr. X-ley] was interviewing at that one publisher... what's their name... Ragnarok?"OMNES: "Regnery."Happy Valentine's Day from the vast right-wing conspiracy. … [Read more...]

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Baby, I got your blogwatch, don't you worry...Agenda Bender: "'Eventually the Cockettes will use up the past and the future and have to rely on the present for their material.'"Amarji: "A Heretic's Blog." Only, not in the bad way. This is the blog of the awesome Syrian liberal profiled in this week's New York Times Magazine. Kickin'. Via Hit & Run.Unqualified Offerings: "Self-defense is about as basic a right as one can conceive. The argument for abridging it via gun control was … [Read more...]

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THE DAY JOB: "All of which has led me, through a painkiller-induced haze, to thinking about the differences between category fiction (what is often incorrectly called 'genre fiction'--primarily speculative fiction, mysteries, and political thrillers) and the so-called 'mainstream' (including both 'general' and 'literary' fiction). The day job is a significant difference. The subject matter and 'weight' of category fiction tends to revolve around the day jobs of the characters. Cops and private … [Read more...]

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READING MANGA VS READING WESTERN COMICS--fun with page layouts and panel borders and whatnot. Really neat. … [Read more...]

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RIGHT NOW, AT MARRIAGEDEBATE: Bisexuality at Yale, boars replacing babies in Italy, "the Bible too is a living word, just as the Constitution," what does it mean to say marriage "creates kin"?, and much much more. Everything from legal strategery to how to get a date at BYU. (Note, I only plug my day job here when I think there are some posts up that would be especially interesting to readers who don't check in on MD.com all the time.) … [Read more...]

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OFFERINGS!: Lots of good stuff at Jim Henley's site right now. (Not that this is weird or anything.) Some highlights: farm dole; an introduction to the twelve newcomers to his blogroll (mostly libertarians), who look really interesting--I will be clicking through at some point when I am less catastrophically behind on everything; and a much-needed new word: "depiphany." … [Read more...]

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MAILBAG: BOOKS AND BIRDS.Jendi Reiter writes:If you're obsessed with "betrayal-for-the-good/man without a country/adherence to a moral code over and against all one's personal loyalties and all one's sense of self; attempting to maintain a sense of self after that choice" you should read this:"Ninety-Three" by Victor Hugo. I read this book (in the original French, back when I was capable of that!) because Ayn Rand, another obsession you and I share, wrote an essay on it. It's been on my mind … [Read more...]

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