KIDS UNDER TWELVE DRINK FREE: "Lord, today please give me the strength to change the things I can change, the ability to accept the things I can't change, and the sensibility and insight to hide the bodies of all the people I had to kill because they pissed me off. Amen."That's pretty much the mood I'm in. If you don't want my opinion, don't rattle my cage.Coming tonight, though, stuff about 1984, and maybe also the end of "Through the Years We All Will Be Together" a.k.a. It's the Least … [Read more...]

"But, brothers, this biting of their toe-nails over what is the cause of badness is what turns me into a fine laughing malchick. They don't go into what is the cause of goodness, so why of the other shop? If lewdies are good that's because they like it, and I wouldn't ever interfere with their pleasures, and so of the other shop. And I was patronizing the other shop. More, badness is of the self, the one, the you or me on our oddy knockies, and that self is made by old Bog or God and is his … [Read more...]

THE FOURTH OF JULY. My favorite secular holiday. Hot and sweltering and lots of things going bang and flash. Basically the perfect holiday. It rained, and rained, and rained, and then cleared up right on schedule. Shamed and Roo held a great party, as always, though Tepper was much missed; then we walked over to the fireworks and I lost myself in the booming and the lights. I really adore fireworks: cascades of light, crackling bursts, glittering showers, I like all of 'em. (Except for gimmicky … [Read more...]


"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...]