"There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie, and Dim, Dim being really dim, and we sat in the Korova Milkbar making up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening, a flip dark chill winter bastard though dry." --Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange--my reading seems to have acquired a theme.... … [Read more...]


THE LADDER OF LOVE: Responses to my post on sublimation.Fabio Periera takes issue with my post and calls it "shameful." Unfortunately, I am not sure what I could say that he would not find shameful, short of heresy.... We disagree on several major points, including whether non-sexual love is "forever stunted and incomplete," whether personal holiness (which for Christians is necessarily defined through relationship to a loving God) is loneliness, whether Christians would counsel "gays, and … [Read more...]


"'Alone--free--the human being is always defeated. It must be so, because every human being is doomed to die, which is the greatest of all failures.'" --interrogator, 1984 … [Read more...]


STORY WITHOUT A NAME: This just kind of crashed out of me in about five minutes flat. Based this article, found via Eutychus Fell.deleted in the interests of possible publication--sorry! … [Read more...]


"'In no part of Oceania do the inhabitants have the feeling that they are a colonial population ruled by a distant capital.'" --"the book," 1984Orwell's instinctive feel for Englishness and tribal loyalty may be the best thing about this book. His refusal to see religious loyalties may be the book's biggest failing (even for secular readers). More on that when I finish rereading. … [Read more...]


"THROUGH THE YEARS WE ALL WILL BE TOGETHER": SIX FOR THE SIX THAT NEVER GOT FIXED. Second-to-last section of the depressing Christmas story. I'm apologizing in advance for the amazingly awful structure of this story. It should not even stand up without skyhooks. When I revise, I will fix the horrible maldistribution of character development, a.k.a. lumps of exposition in everyone's stockings! I do still think this story is worth the trouble it would take to save.Anyway, in this section we do … [Read more...]


...AND I WILL SING OF THE SUN: After the Koch thing about "the future of marriage," I was asked what I would tell a gay couple to do. And I hear this a lot: You're very clear on what they can't do, but what should they do?My response to that question is necessarily more personal than policy-oriented. It has two branches; the first I expect people have heard before, the second perhaps not so much. What follows is fairly close to a verbatim transcript of what I said over dinner to the Kochheads … [Read more...]