LITTLE TRIGGERS: So I've been thinking, as I mentioned a few days ago, about Unqualified Offering's thought-provoking post on the equally thought-provoking poem "Thinking for Berky."I talked w/UO very briefly about the poem over the weekend. I agree with him that it isn't quietist, though it may at first come off that way. It's cautionary. It's a poem that urges us to turn down the volume in our heads, to be wary of ultimatums, obvious heroics, and politics as opera. It's conservative in the … [Read more...]

JUDICA ME DEUS--THE FINAL COMEDOWN. OK, the rough draft of my short story, "Judica me Deus (Judge Me, O God)" is now complete. You can read the whole thing in order here, or just catch up with the last segment here. Not a work-safe link etc. etc.There are several things I don't think I got quite right with this story, so I would very much appreciate any responses (esp. criticism) you all have. I've been writing fiction for a while, so I do know what it feels like to get detailed and difficult … [Read more...]

GOOD POINT re Baghdad, blogs, gender, and detachment, at Letter from Gotham. … [Read more...]

WHAT'S OPERA, DOC? Two "opera recordings you shouldn't miss" pieces from the Washington Post. Useful to the opera-impaired like me. (The only one I know I like is "Tosca.") Via Dappled Things. … [Read more...]

SPEAKING OF BAD TIMES: Moving article on Rufus Wainwright's "gay hell." Via E-Pression. … [Read more...]

BAD TIMES TOO: Good post from Sean Collins on "helpful" people who pressure others to deny their less-comely emotions. He's writing about eating disorders, but I've seen this same dynamic play out in my friendships and in my volunteer job, and I imagine most of you will also recognize it. Excerpt: "I've watched family, friends, and lovers attempt to comfort their loved one with ED, all the while transmitting wave after wave of needy 'please act happy so I don't have to worry so much' vibes like … [Read more...]

"Folding the dressing-gown over his heart so that it would not see--be quiet, it is nothing (as one says to a child at the moment of an incredible disaster)--covering his heart and raising himself slightly, Cincinnatus listened." --Vladimir Nabokov, Invitation to a Beheading … [Read more...]