"NOW AND AT THE HOUR." Finished the final section of the rough draft of my latest short story. Since it's been over a week since I posted the last chunk, I suggest just starting at the beginning, but if you just want the last section it's here.This is what the story's about: "I hadn't been expecting to come back to life. I think I'd seen a quick segment about revival on the evening news, or maybe glanced through a magazine article in the checkout line. But I certainly didn't know it was … [Read more...]

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COMING DISTRACTIONS: Here's what you'll find on this site late tonight, tomorrow, and/or Wednesday (depending on how fast I blaze through my Real Work): the conclusion of "Now and at the Hour"; more thoughts on Watchmen; the first several of a series of short posts replying to Grotesque Anatomy's vast reply to me on same-sex marriage; thoughts on superhero concepts vs. execution (in which, among other things, I will valiantly defend oft-overlooked aspects of the generally lame concept of the … [Read more...]

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FINAL MOVIE NOTE: Forgot to mention that Jesse Walker rightly took me to task for implying that "The Ice Storm" is nihilist. Very poor word choice on my part. The thing I was trying to get at is that TIS is--or, at least, this is how it feels to me when I watch it--purely negative. It tells you how awful it is to live in a culture that's losing its moral compass. But there's not a very vivid sense of what you should do, what right action and love would look like. In that respect it reminds me of … [Read more...]

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TODAY, THE SCORE SO FAR: Plus: Indian summer. Man oh Manischevitz, what a beautiful day it was! It was basktastic. I made like a lizard on a rock for much of the afternoon, reading in Dupont Circle.Mocha frappuccino. I hate myself for loving something called "mocha frappuccino."Did a chunk of work and a chunk of fiction.Yapped with the Rat for an hour or so.Minus: Total, all-night, catastrophic insomnia, followed by one of those killer midday naps that always leave me feeling much worse … [Read more...]

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SECRET HABEAS CORPUS CASE? That's freaky. All my hackles are at attention for this one. If anyone has more info please send. I couldn't find anything at TalkLeft but maybe I just missed it.From Law.com: "A South Florida waiter who was detained in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether U.S. District Judge Paul C. Huck in Miami and the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals abused their discretion by sealing his case without explanation. … [Read more...]

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WOMAN WHO WAS ALMOST DIAGNOSED AS "PERSISTENTLY VEGETATIVE" SPEAKS TO NPR. This link, which I can't listen to but you should, I got via a characteristically sound piece on Terri Schiavo from Mickey Kaus. (I don't know how to permalink him, but scroll down to "NPR vs. NPR.")Excerpts from the Kaus post: "I was just growing more sympathetic to the cause of those who want to pull the plug on Terri Schiavo--then I heard an eye-opening interview on NPR's Day to Day with a woman who says she was … [Read more...]

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Oh Cecilia, you're watchin' my blog, You're shakin' my confidence daily....Bruce Baugh: More praise for Uzumaki, the killer-spiral Japanese comic: "Ito never lectures on this point, but he shows by contrast with the alternative how much a meaningful life depends on a society and a world in which actions have consequences, choices exist, and there is both a knowable past and a comprehensible future. That's all gone by the time Kirie and her friend and almost-lover Shuichi see the power behind … [Read more...]

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