Nervous juvenile, won't smile, what became of you? Did that swift eclipse blogwatch you?A commenter at Amy Welborn's site thinks I was too demanding in my post on gender and the "feminine qualities" discourse: "If a bunch of bishops issued a list of men's gifts, the immediate response would be 'what a bunch of self-important sexist pigs.'"But my points were these: 1) When you only list women's Special Gifts, you're talking as if women are the only gendered people out there--men are … [Read more...]

"You keep cereal in your desk?""Yep.""That is the coolest thing I've ever seen in my life.""Well, you're young." --little girl and detective, Brian Bendis, Powers: Who Killed Retro Girl?--Yes, despite my best intentions, I seem to have gotten suckered into reading Powers. Apparently, like Elvis Costello, I talk to myself but I just don't listen. … [Read more...]

SECONDARY MUTATIONS: This is my big post about Grant Morrison's New X-Men. Spoilers, of course, abound."WOLVERINE. I THINK YOU CAN STOP DOING THAT NOW." Perhaps the most obvious feature of NXM, by the time it ended, was the way it took every single reader expectation and rubbed its face in the dirt. Every single kind of X-Men story was warped and molded to the NXM framework: Shi'ar aliens, Sentinels, Phoenix, everything is recycled. The line that summarizes the most obvious feature of NXM is … [Read more...]

"SHIP COMES IN": NOW THE CABARET IS FROZEN. In which the Aesir look at art; Sigyn dances; and Michael changes in response to a catalyst. Here for the story so far, here for the most recent section.You say you'll be sweet to her, but everybody knows.... … [Read more...]

GOAT RETRIEVAL SERVICES, LTD: Thanks so much to everyone who wrote in with insomnia suggestions. I'm posting them anonymously below. Some of them are quite out of the question for me (I will exercise only if directed to personally by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith) but I'll be taking up many of the others. Will be asking my doctor about Ambien, which many of you all recommended. As for reasons for the insomnia, I know full well what they are: I am stressed out and furious. This … [Read more...]

NATURE IS A LANGUAGE, CAN'T YOU READ?: So people are talking about the Vatican's latest salvo in re boys and girls, ladies and dudes. I haven't read it, so I won't address specifics. I do, though, want to talk about a way of discussing gender differences that I think obscures much more than it reveals.This is the "feminine qualities" discourse. Chicks have this special gift for certain qualities, like nurturing, or mercy, or I don't know, cleanliness. There are several bizarre aspects to … [Read more...]

TORTURE IN IRAQ: Ours (via Krubner)--a horrific must-read on the disclosures about Abu Ghraib.Theirs (ditto): The national guardsman peering through the long-range scope of his rifle was startled by what he saw unfolding in the walled compound below. From his post several stories above ground level, he watched as men in plainclothes beat blindfolded and bound prisoners in the enclosed grounds of the Iraqi Interior Ministry. He immediately radioed for help. Soon after, a team of Oregon Army … [Read more...]