SEASICK, YET STILL DOCKED: In a ragged mood. Not up for ramblin'. Lots of fun stuff for you, though, some of it written or mostly-written already. Coming distractions: horror imagery in Magritte; the happy ending of "What You Can Do for Your Country" (well, somebody's happy, anyway...); comics and The Spanish Tragedy; and a week-long series of brief posts on same-sex marriage that should give you a much more cogent picture of my position than I have heretofore presented, and will also reply to … [Read more...]

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FOUNDING BROTHERS: This is not so much a history of the American Revolution as a series of instructive vignettes. As such, it mostly succeeds. Some thoughts:FB starts out kind of gassy and repetitive. Stick it out, though--the repetition fades, and the book reads very quickly, so it's worth fighting through the occasional boring passages.Ellis sometimes resorts to telling rather than showing. This is especially clear in his acid portrait of Thomas Jefferson, whom he views as a … [Read more...]

"Well, at least we saved humanity. That's something." --Scott "Little Mary Sunshine" Summers, somewhere in Essential X-Men vol. 1 or 3, I don't remember which … [Read more...]

HEALTH CARE: Some links from Hit & Run: 1) Outsourcing socialized medicine,2) Delinking health insurance and employment. As you all know, I've really started to notice this problem since I became self-employed. It's huge. It's important.The comments sections to those posts, esp. the second one, are also well worth your time.While we're on this subject, tonight I went to a happy hour sponsored by the Young Leadership Network. The speaker was Rep. Paul Ryan, R-WI. He startled me: I was … [Read more...]

GHOST SHIPS: I promise I have a reason for asking this: Can anyone recommend a movie about a haunted ship? This movie should be either a) really good or b) jam-packed with conventional accouterments of the genre. It need not be both. The absolute ideal movie would include every trapping of the genre, plus lots and lots of shots of the ocean, plus it would be easy to find on DVD at the local Blockbuster. I'm totally serious about this--it relates to a project I'm working on. Help! … [Read more...]

POETRY WEDNESDAY: Traditional. I tried making it look all Spanish-y with accent marks and upside-down exclamation points, but for some reason they were all mangled except the accents over the "e"s. Sorry about that.... Anyway, this is a fitting song for the first day of October.Salias del templo un dia, Llorona, cuando al pasar yo vi,Salias del templo un dia, Llorona, cuando al pasar yo vi.Hermoso huipil llevabas, Llorona, que la Virgen te crei,Hermoso huipil llevabas, Llorona, que la … [Read more...]