HORSES SWEAT, MEN PERSPIRE, LADIES GLOW: Or not. A highly interesting take on gender and the messier aspects of corporeal life, from Jim Henley. I fully agree with all of the following (and should probably note that I'm a huge fan of both Philip Larkin and Elvis Costello): "My guess is that most women, by the time they reach adulthood, have integrated the dualism of Spirit and 'Filth' more completely than most men. They have to. A young woman has experienced monthly vaginal bleeding for at least … [Read more...]

"Americans and Europeans have been telling the other countries of the world, 'You have to be more like us.' In fact, they are very much like the United States of a century ago when it too was an undeveloped country. Western politicians once faced the same dramatic challenges that leaders of the developing and former communist countries are facing today. But their successors have lost contact with the days when the pioneers who opened the American West were undercapitalized because they seldom … [Read more...]

"THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY": Well. I have exactly no objective distance on this movie. I understand that this movie is not important. I understand that the ways in which it reminds me of The Secret History are the least important ways it could remind me of that fantastic philosophical pulp thriller. I understand that watching this movie quite possibly made me stupider.Ohhhhh, this was so satisfying!It's a tense, compelling thriller with much obsession, stolen identity, and sexual tension. … [Read more...]

PS: Next story is super short, but it has aliens in it. It's called "Better At It" (for now) and it follows the exploits of Alex Naufragio, Davidica Rubin, and Ann Morgan, as they battle aforementioned aliens, who are--as the title indicates--better at it.I should have the first section ("The Leader") posted Saturdayish.Man, work and life and stuff... some days you wonder why you don't just quit everything and kill everybody. It works in "Blackadder"! (Sort of.) … [Read more...]

"KISSABLE PICTURES": OH, I STILL SEE SUNNY DAYS. OH, I GO THAT FAR. In which John and Jennifer divide up the beach house and walk along the shoreline. And if it wasn't for disappointments, our music journalist wouldn't have any appointments.This is the last installment of the rough draft. And by "rough" I mean rough. Apologies for the lack of chronological order and general sense. Your commentary, esp. criticism, is not only welcome but encouraged. I will be stretching and pummeling this story … [Read more...]

GRAND LIST OF SCIENCE FICTION CLICHES. Ouch. I may or may not be guilty of the following (almost exclusively from my upcoming short story, "Better At It"):The rag-tag rebel army/fleet struggles valiantly to overthrow the Evil Empire. Death from old age turns out to be due to some simple, single cause, leading to an easy immortality treatment, with consequent catastrophic social implications. Aliens with completely incomprehensible motivations make war on the human race/invade earth. Aliens … [Read more...]

From time's beginning, You were love's abode.My love encamped wherever it was You tented.[it kills me to clip this--go look it up!! I don't have rights to the translation]--Judah Halevi … [Read more...]