"'I wish I lived here!' the little boy shouted, balancing with his knees clutched around the big one's head."'I'm goddam glad I don't,' the big boy panted, and jumped up to dislodge him."Powell sat without moving, without seeming to know that the other two were behind him, and looked straight ahead like a ghost sprung upright in his coffin. 'If this place was not here anymore,' he said, 'you would never have to think of it again.'" --Flannery O'Connor, "A Circle in the Fire" … [Read more...]

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SEE THE WHIRL: COMICS REVIEWS. Three this time:Cuckoo: Paperback collection of autobiographical comic about woman diagnosed w/dissociative identity disorder (multiple personalities). A good chunk of the book is taken from Cuckoo #12, the monthly-comic-sized thing I picked up at the Small Press Expo. The repetition was disappointing, especially since, weirdly, the print quality seemed much poorer in the paperback than in the comic book.I'm generally unsympathetic to autobiographical works. … [Read more...]

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SOMETIMES THEY COME BACK: The second installment of "Now and at the Hour," my short story about a future where people can be revived after death. You can read the story so far starting here, or just catch the latest bit here.Excerpt: "Caroline said it was a cheap excuse, but I still think the explosion at Imaginet is when our marriage started to go wrong. We joked about being married ''til death do us part--and after!' But it turned out to be easier to die with Caroline than to live with … [Read more...]

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"'Every day I say a prayer of thanksgiving,' Mrs. Cope said. 'Think of all we have. Lord,' she said and sighed, 'we have everything,' and she looked around at her rich pastures and hills heavy with timber and shook her head as if it might all be a burden she was trying to shake off her back."Mrs. Pritchard studied the woods. 'All I got is four abscess teeth,' she remarked."'Well, be thankful you don't have five,' Mrs. Cope snapped and threw back a clump of grass." --Flannery O'Connor, "A … [Read more...]

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WHAT DRINK ARE YOU? I'm a Black Velvet. Via Dave Tepper. … [Read more...]

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PREACHING IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE BODY: An excellent Washington Post piece on our ailing Pope. Moving and theologically rich. Via Amy Welborn. … [Read more...]

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BLOGORAMA: Unqualified Offerings has the report. Julian Sanchez has the photos. It was fun. Am still chewing over the Eve/UO same-sex marriage argument; more on that, of course, later on this site and on the MarriageDebate site. And yeah, Hulk smash. … [Read more...]

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