What if I were Romeo in blogwatch? What if I were Heathcliff, it's no myth...Dear Raed is back from Jordan and has begun posting again.Mark Shea: Powerful letter about the death penalty, mercy, and a prison conversion. Rush Limbaugh and a kind of optimistic stoicism that besets some (mostly, but not exclusively, secular) conservatives. I'm not hyped on armchair psychoanalysis of Limbaugh himself, but thought Shea's post was right-on about the larger "conservatism as self-actualization" … [Read more...]


"'I'm pleased to meet you,' the old woman said. 'Name Lucynell Crater and daughter Lucynell Crater. What you doing around here, Mr. Shiftlet?'"He judged the car to be about a 1928 or '29 Ford. 'Lady,' he said, and turned and gave her his full attention, 'lemme tell you something. There's one of these doctors in Atlanta that's taken a knife and cut the human heart--the human heart,' he repeated, leaning forward, 'out of a man's chest and held it in his hand,' and he held his hand out, palm up, … [Read more...]


IT'S SHANKTASTIC! IT'S SHANKALICIOUS! IT'S DEESHANKFUL! Did a ton of writing today, very psyched, but then did volunteer job, now crashing. Brain fried. Eyes rebelling against computer screen. Plan to post tomorrow, late, after viewing many movies (right now the rundown is "The Sixth Sense," "The Wicker Man," "Blood of a Poet," "Beauty and the Beast" [Cocteau], and some IMAX thing about a sunken ship). You'll get movie reviews, SSM stuff, and the first scene of the new short story. I think … [Read more...]


"'She would of been a good woman,' The Misfit said, 'if it had been somebody there to shoot her every minute of her life.'" --Flannery O'Connor, "A Good Man Is Hard to Find" … [Read more...]


HORROR BITES: Below, you'll find five short-ish posts about same-sex marriage, of which I think "Heather Has No Daddy" is the most important. You'll also find a blogwatch with some comments about superhero-comic conventions. Now I'm going to blog some random comments on horror that didn't make it into my big "Rene Magritte, Master of Horror" post below.The Old Oligarch and I talked about this quite a bit while I was working on the Magritte post. His comments included the idea that horror is … [Read more...]


SSM: THE GAY RUSSIANS LOVE THEIR CHILDREN TOO: Final same-sex marriage post for today. Another quick take on Unqualified Offerings. (I know I'm only addressing bits and bobs of his arguments. I promise, as this series goes on I'll wrestle with lots of 'em, not just a few.)UO writes, "I've probably got more to say about gender roles later, but a brief thought for now: From what I can tell, gays love their kids too. So if it becomes widely accepted that straight children of gay parents have … [Read more...]


SSM: HMMMMM.... Unqualified Offerings makes an interesting point: "The next problem may strike some as minor: [the argument that male/male couples' often laxer standards of sexual fidelity will spill over into heterosexual couples] depends on straight men (in marriages) observing the behavior of gay men (in marriages) and wanting to emulate gay men. That is, the theory assumes that in this matter straight men will adopt a completely different stance toward gay men than they do in almost every … [Read more...]