"YOU WILL BE PULLED BACK": OUT IN THE FIELDS WITH GOD. Well, the Not Really Much of a Ray Bradbury Pastiche At All in the End story is completed. There are many things I like about it, but it isn't at all original, and I think the main thing I wanted to do with the story got lost as it shaped itself too perfectly to the genre-cliche contours. Ah well. It's fine, really, it just doesn't add to the sum total of human knowledge. Next story will be the one with the aliens, which (I think) is … [Read more...]


You spin me right round, baby, right round, Like a blogwatch, baby, right round round round...   After Abortion: Annie reflects on her experiences as a sidewalk counselor. Both heartening and heartbreaking, as is typical of such accounts. She also links to Sursum Corda's excellent post on being an abortion escort, and how he ultimately came to change his mind about abortion.   Ditch the Raft: Fellow Yalien life form Andi offers an interesting Buddhist response to my post on … [Read more...]


"It seems to me appropriate, almost inevitable, that when that great Imagination which in the beginning, for Its own delight and for the delight of men and angels and (in their proper mode) of beasts, had invented and formed the whole world of Nature, submitted to express Itself in human speech, that speech should sometimes be poetry. For poetry too is a little incarnation, giving body to what had been before invisible and inaudible." --C.S. Lewis, Reflections on the Psalms … [Read more...]


I feel a blogwatch On my shoulder And the touch of a world that is older...   Hit & Run: "Yesterday the Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation giving the Food and Drug Administration sweeping authority to regulate the production and marketing of tobacco products. The bill incorporates the restrictions the FDA tried to impose unlilaterally under David Kessler, including a ban on color and pictures in print ads. It gives the FDA the authority to prevent the introduction or … [Read more...]


"As late as 1913, Max Beerbohm was still able to mock the vogue for Russian literature by creating an all-purpose Russian writer named Kolniyatsch, of whom Beerbohm wrote: 'his burning faith in a personal Devil, his frank delight in earthquakes and pestilences, and his belief that every one but himself will be brought back to life in time to be frozen in the next glacial epoch, seem rather to stamp him as an optimist.'" --Joseph Epstein, The New Criterion, October 1992   via Ratty via … [Read more...]


MARVEL SOLICITATIONS ON CRACK: Yup. Click and bask in the blank unholy surprise of it all.Oh, and there's foxy boxing in outer space. Yes, FOXY BOXING! … [Read more...]


"YOU WILL BE PULLED BACK": INSIDE THE CLIMBING SPIDER. The second, and second-to-last, part of the Not Quite As Ray Bradbury-Like As I'd Expected story. Read whole thing from start here or get newest segment here. I'll likely complete this over the weekend.Nowhere in the corridors of pale green and gray Nowhere in the cities, in the cold light of day There in the midst of it, So alive, and alone......So the wind swept the whirlpool across the sky. … [Read more...]