"MY NAME IS JONES. I'M IN INSURANCE.": Free will, God and man, and time travel in "12 Monkeys" and/vs. "Donnie Darko."Discuss. … [Read more...]


"BETTER AT IT": HUMAN RESOURCES. The third and last segment of the story with the aliens. ...I already know "Pete" (who?--exactly...) is going to be excised when I revise. All non-Pete-related comments and (especially) criticisms are more than welcome. Read the whole story starting here or get the final chapter here. There's some fairly wrenching material here, about motherhood, so you know. … [Read more...]


We're the poison in the human machine; We're the blogwatch--your blogwatch!...   Matt Welch and Tim Blair at the DNC. You totally don't need to know more.Willow Green: Questions, reflections, possibly changing one's mind on abortion. She's asking for comments from readers, especially those that spring from personal experience. Via Noli Irritare Leones."Everything You Were Afraid to Ask About Donnie Darko": The director's cut is being released. Haven't read yet, but looking forward to … [Read more...]


"For with thee is the well of life: and in thy light shall we see light." --Psalms 36:9And not without thy light, I find. … [Read more...]


"BETTER AT IT": THE HUMAN CONDITION. Part two of the story with the aliens. Veers briefly into explicit territory, so you know. ...The major issue here is that I don't tell you who's speaking. Yell at me about that if you think it sucks. Also, there's no plot, but that almost certainly isn't going to change. Also-also, please feel free to yowl about anything else you like or (especially) dislike about the story so far. I post these rough drafts mostly to make myself write, but also … [Read more...]


"It seemed to me that, seeing in them [=the 'cursings' in the Psalms] hatred undisguised, I saw also the natural result of injuring a human being. The word natural is here important. This result can be obliterated by grace, suppressed by prudence or social convention, and (which is dangerous) wholly disguised by self-deception. But just as the natural result of throwing a lighted match into a pile of shavings is to produce a fire--though damp or the intervention of some more sensible person may … [Read more...]


"BETTER AT IT": THE HUMAN STAIN. Part one of the story with the aliens. This is going to be very short: three sections, all as short as this first one. If you are expecting a plot, I strongly suggest you revise your expectations. There's a paragraph or two in this section where the prose gets soggy, and I'm not sure if that's a usable effect or just bad writing. Your comments and (esp.) criticisms are, as always, most welcome. There are many things about this story that I like, and it … [Read more...]