MORE ON "NOCHNOI DOZOR": Maureen, the Suburban Banshee (I'm getting a kind of Siouxsie Sioux meets Harry Potter vibe there), writes in re the movie discussed here:You wrote: "sounds interesting..."It is. And I'm sorry I didn't give a real good description of how much fun it is, as well as being serious. Nothing like a magic truck speeding through the streets of Moscow!The original book is really good, too, at least as far as I've gotten. Man, if I had just paid more attention in Russian … [Read more...]

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WHAT DO THEY DO WITH THE EMBRYOS?: From the Associated Press, via Amy Welborn. Excerpts:In a survey believed to be the first of its kind, 217 in vitro fertilization clinics across the country described the variety of methods they use to dispose of the frozen clusters of cells, which are the size of a dot and incapable of living outside a mother's womb.The reverence that some clinics gave to the task surprised researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University.Seven … [Read more...]

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BATTLE OF THE BOOKS: Rick Brookhiser reignites the Eliot Wars--in this case, Eliot vs. Auden. He's on the right side, but... what a weird title bout. I really love Auden. I love his surreal fleshcreepers. I love his journalistic ear for the clean, memorable, "why didn't I think of that?" summary phrase ("human on my faithless arm," "Children afraid of the dark/Who have never been happy or good," probably most of the Auden you remember). I would love to see the New York Post with headlines by … [Read more...]

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I am a seeker, And you are a teacher; You are a blogwatch, so watch blogs...After Abortion: Russian science-fiction movie with abortion theme--sounds interesting, wonder if I'll ever get a chance to see it....Family Scholars: "Meanwhile, she wonders how to convince her 'wise-beyond-her-years 7 year old daughter' that she 'doesn't have to protect her parents, that she's allowed to proclaim her love for one to the other without rapidly assuring the parent she's talking to that she loves him or … [Read more...]

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MOCKUMENTARY: Wow, an egregious story of media deception and story-twisting from Church of the Masses: "...Some of you will have read the NY Times article or seen the documentary last night on AMC. Turns out, the doc wasn't on Religion in Hollywood at all, but rather on Republicans in Hollywood. After 30 minutes of stuff about Arnold and Charles Heston and the five young Republicans at a cocktail party, the doc segues into the Act One section. The implication clearly is that, if you are a … [Read more...]

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FICTION AS PRAXIS: Was thinking the other night about the odd perceived dichotomy between philosophy and fiction, or philosophy and art more generally. I blame Plato (despite my general Plato fangirlness). It seems obvious to me that although some practicioners of fiction may operate primarily by intuition (just as IMO Nietzsche, in his aphoristic moods, operated primarily by intuition), in general fiction is both an act of philosophy and part of the foundation of philosophy.It's an act of … [Read more...]

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TABLOID AS GENRE: I'm noticing now a connection that should, perhaps, have been obvious, between my defense of tabloid journalism as vs the complacent "objectivity" of the newspapers of record and my defense of genre fiction as vs the complacent assumptions of "realist" fiction. Those of us who believe that reality, such as it is, is misrepresented by contemporary arbiters of soi-disant objective news and realist fiction, might perhaps prefer those who know that when they tell the truth they … [Read more...]

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