"In Cassandra's mind, our universe and the womb she became aware in are one and the same thing. Only she and Charles are real." --NXM #122. I don't have a theory about this line yet, but I want one. … [Read more...]


FIRST AMENDMENT RESTORATION ACT: Shamelessly cribbed from Hit & Run: "Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) has introduced a bill that would repeal the McCain-Feingold law's restrictions on pre-election political messages. Among other things, McCain-Feingold, a.k.a. the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, prohibits political advocacy groups organized as nonprofit corporations from engaging in political advocacy (if it mentions any actual politicians) within 30 days of a primary or 60 days of a … [Read more...]


DEPT. OF WAIT AND SEE, IT MIGHT EVEN HAPPEN: From the BBC: World Trade Organization members have agreed a revised draft deal that aims to revive stalled talks on freeing up trade between rich and poor nations.Key WTO members accepted proposals to cut the subsidies wealthy countries give their farmers for exports.The deal should reduce barriers to international trade and so, it is hoped, lift millions out of poverty. Brazil's Foreign Minister, Celso Amorim, said the WTO agreement was good for … [Read more...]


"I could have built heaven on earth, if only they'd let me. I could have laid the foundation stones of paradise here on earth." --Xorn's first lines, NXM Annual 2001. Right, because that's not a creepy thing to say at all. … [Read more...]


"SHIP COMES IN": POISON MOON. First section of the Norse myths story. This section is very short--it's not going to be a wildly long piece--and you should know that I have disappeared a character in the actual myths, gotten rid of her purely for authorial convenience. She's gone. Don't look for her. Her only important function (and it's very important in this story) has been taken over by someone else. ...I'm also 95% sure I've messed up the patronymics, so I'd appreciate any advice on that … [Read more...]


--Dragon? --No scorch marks. Usually they're linked. --Manticore? --Imaginary! --Griffin? --Extinct. --Blogwatch? --...Possible. Very... very possible.Examined Life/John and Belle Have a Blog ("the name of the song is 'Examined Life,' but the song is called 'A-Sitting on a Gate'...): Very interesting if overlong post on superheroics, "realism," and different forms of non-realism. The stuff I like starts with the bit about the difference between subcreation and dreamworks. Via Sean … [Read more...]


I'M IN THE NY POST...reviewing Jonathan Rauch's Gay Marriage: Why It Is Good for Gays, Good for Straights, and Good for America. Nothing unexpected for regular readers of this site and/or MarriageDebate, but still, figured I'd drop the link. Click here for a series of longer and very scattershot posts where I look at different aspects of Rauch's book. And I will, eventually, post on what I think his best point is, but not this week as work is crushing me like an enormous crushing thing. … [Read more...]