"'It's the Golden Country--almost,' he murmured."'The Golden Country?'"'It's nothing, really. A landscape I've seen sometimes in a dream.'"'Look!' whispered Julia."A thrush had lighted on a bough not five meters away, almost at the level of their faces." --1984 … [Read more...]


trying to get the post below this to publish--will fix this soonish … [Read more...]


FEEL YOUR INNOCENCE SLIPPING AWAY; DON'T BELIEVE IT'S COMING BACK SOON. Beyond hilarious recap of "Prisoner of Azkaban." Spoilers abound. "I threaten you... with ORIGAMI!" This recap is... aimed at a demographic well above the movie's target audience. So you know.Excerpts: MR WEASLEY: There's this guy who wants to kill you. Don't go looking for him! HARRY: Why would I? MR WEASLEY: Um... I thought you were into extreme sports yes, Harry, that's it, take up bungee jumping instead. That's all … [Read more...]


"Winston picked his way up the lane through dappled light and shade, stepping out into pools of gold wherever the boughs parted. Under the trees to the left of them the ground was misty with bluebells. The air seemed to kiss one's skin. It was the second of May. From somewhere deeper in the heart of the wood came the droning of ring doves." --1984 … [Read more...]


SCANS UNCOVER SECRETS OF THE WOMB. I've counseled women considering abortion whose children were about here. In general, the pictures of fetal development we use (I think they're the Lennart Nilssen ones) are among the things women respond to most strongly and are most interested in during counseling. Women--including women considering abortion--in my experience really want to know what's happening inside the womb. My old post on informed consent may help explain why.BBC link via The Corner. … [Read more...]


PROTECT MARRIAGE PETITION: From Bronwen McShea. I can vouch that this is real and she will in fact be sending this along--it's not one of those fakey email petitions. --------------------------------------------------------------------Hello all:As you may know, the U.S. Senate will debate and vote on a Federal Marriage Amendment on July 12. According to Senate aides, many senators (including many Democrats) are still on the fence and are gauging their constitutents' degree of support and … [Read more...]


C'MON, RIP HER TO SHREDS: FEMINISM AND READERS' SYMPATHIES. I recently read a little article on women and girls in the Harry Potter books. A lot of it struck me as wrongheaded just on basic character-analysis grounds--why characters did what they did--but there was one really interesting wrong turn the piece made that I thought might be worth discussing in more depth. (I'm not linking to the piece because I forgot where I found it. Sorry....)The article's author figured that there were two … [Read more...]