"That very same evening I was dragged down nice and gentle by brutal tolchocking chassos to viddy the Governor in his holy of holies holy office. The Governor looked very weary at me and said: 'I don't suppose you know who that was this morning, do you, 6655321?' And without waiting for me to say no he said: 'That was no less a personage than the Minister of the Interior, the new Minister of the Interior and what they call a very new broom. Well, these new ridiculous ideas have come at last and … [Read more...]


I saw you leave on the security screen. I knew it would be the last time. I try to recall your blogwatch, No longer its original form. Memory fades...Syria Comment: What it sounds like. (Here's my Weekly Standard piece on blogs in Middle Eastern and Muslim countries.) Via Hit and Run."The Bad Seed: Why did so many American churches embrace eugenics?" Excerpts: "...Hard though this may be to credit, the reactionaries were so blinkered as to suggest that eugenics itself might be a passing fad, … [Read more...]


KIDS UNDER TWELVE DRINK FREE: "Lord, today please give me the strength to change the things I can change, the ability to accept the things I can't change, and the sensibility and insight to hide the bodies of all the people I had to kill because they pissed me off. Amen."That's pretty much the mood I'm in. If you don't want my opinion, don't rattle my cage.Coming tonight, though, stuff about 1984, and maybe also the end of "Through the Years We All Will Be Together" a.k.a. It's the Least … [Read more...]


"But, brothers, this biting of their toe-nails over what is the cause of badness is what turns me into a fine laughing malchick. They don't go into what is the cause of goodness, so why of the other shop? If lewdies are good that's because they like it, and I wouldn't ever interfere with their pleasures, and so of the other shop. And I was patronizing the other shop. More, badness is of the self, the one, the you or me on our oddy knockies, and that self is made by old Bog or God and is his … [Read more...]


THE FOURTH OF JULY. My favorite secular holiday. Hot and sweltering and lots of things going bang and flash. Basically the perfect holiday. It rained, and rained, and rained, and then cleared up right on schedule. Shamed and Roo held a great party, as always, though Tepper was much missed; then we walked over to the fireworks and I lost myself in the booming and the lights. I really adore fireworks: cascades of light, crackling bursts, glittering showers, I like all of 'em. (Except for gimmicky … [Read more...]




"There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie, and Dim, Dim being really dim, and we sat in the Korova Milkbar making up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening, a flip dark chill winter bastard though dry." --Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange--my reading seems to have acquired a theme.... … [Read more...]