I've got this friend you see who makes me feel And I blogwatched more than I could steal...Church of the Masses praises "Monster." I'm not totally sure I can take this movie. I'm usually hardcore about stomaching horror in the service of story, but... eh... I knew a lot of people who related really closely to Aileen Wuornos in a way that makes me not so sure that I want to see this, no matter how good it is. Wrath is, as regular readers know, one of my besetting sins. We'll see.Krubner (who … [Read more...]


IRAN, IRAN'S SO FAR AWAY... Oxblog roundup on Iranian liberalization. You need to read this stuff. One-third of their MPs have resigned, y'all. This ain't just whistlin' Dixie. … [Read more...]


GAZA STRIPPING: This sounds like the sort of thing that needed to happen. Actual Israelis seem to agree. Links via Les Savy Volokh and Oxblog. What, you think I read newspapers? I'm lucky to read the crawl along the side of a daggone New York skyscraper. … [Read more...]


SOMETHING HAPPENED: Minisinoo, Queen of X-Fic, asks: "What is 'story'?"Her answer: "...I view a story as a journey on which the author invites the reader. Any kind of journey, whether in space and time, or in philosophy and spirit, or in character growth. I also think 'conflict' of some sort is a necessary part. Some challenge has to be posed, and resolved -- if only partially."(I don't think it's always necessary for a story to answer all questions, as sometimes what we share as human … [Read more...]


PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES: There's no place like home. … [Read more...]


SING A NEW SONG: Dappled Things is compiling "a list of songs from groups that are not chiefly religious bands (no Gospel bands and Christian rock, in other words) but that cite the Bible, Catholic liturgy, or other explicitly Judaeo-Christian sources. This should be more than simple references to God and religion. ...I'm interested in seeing the allusions and references as indications of the impact of religion on popular culture, so for this purpose it doesn't really matter whether the … [Read more...]


"Portnoy's Complaint n. [after Alexander Portnoy (1933- )] A disorder in which strongly-felt ethical and altruistic impulses are perpetually warring with extreme sexual longings, often of a perverse nature. Spielvogel says: 'Acts of exhibitionism, voyeurism, fetishism, auto-eroticism and oral coitus are plentiful; as a consequence of the patient's "morality," however, neither fantasy nor act issues in genuine sexual gratification, but rather in overriding feelings of shame and the dread of … [Read more...]