TIME TO TELL HUSSEIN'S STORY: Powerful Anne Applebaum piece. Excerpt:Listen instead to Kanan Makiya, the former Iraqi dissident who has now dedicated himself to consolidating, scanning and investigating the archives of the former regime. Makiya thinks that what matters is not whether the Iraqis remember Hussein's reign but how they remember it. Was the Baathist state a totalitarian regime under which the entire nation suffered? Or was it a conspiracy of the Sunni minority against the Shiite … [Read more...]

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IN THE PRECINCTS OF DESPITE: So, the election. As I said below, I don't expect to persuade anyone, for a lot of reasons: my own negativity and ambivalence, my lack of importance!, the fact that it's already 10/28--and one big thing, which is that this campaign has been mostly waged in the subjunctive tense. Challengers generally have to do that, relying on contrary-to-fact clauses: If our guy had been in charge, we wouldn't be in this mess! But Bush's supporters are relying heavily on the … [Read more...]

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COMICS REVIEWS: A FAIR IS A VERITABLE SMORGASBORD-ORGASBORD-ORGASBORD...--in other words, here are five books linked only by the fact that they're comics. Something for everyone!The Tick, omnibus vol. 2: Wildly fun superhero parody. Sort of "Space Ghost: Coast to Coast," or, since I'm pretty sure The Tick came first, Space Ghost is very Tickish, only with more postmodernity and less of The Tick's wiggy fun. In this volume, The Tick gets his battlecry, "SPOON!" Yay.Daredevil: King of Hell's … [Read more...]

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SHADOWS SEARCHING FOR WHAT CAST THEM: This is most of what I wrote in the past year or so. As I plunge into the Season of Revision, I'd greatly appreciate any comments you have on the rough drafts. Also, it's possible you would like a story of mine that you've missed. So I'm putting all the links together here. (There are three drafted stories I never posted, so this isn't quite complete.) This is a combination Eve Tasting Plate and plea for help, so the descriptions will be half-enticing and … [Read more...]

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I SEND MY S.O.S. TO THE WORLD: So I mentioned that the Last Story of 2004, "Odysseus's Scar," needs a serious fixin'. Mostly, it needs to get longer. If you read the story, I'd really appreciate your thoughts on what needs to get added, since I am way too close to the material and cannot tell how it reads to others. So if you have anything to say about the questions below, please do email me. Criticism is, if anything, more welcome than praise; although if something really worked for you, that's … [Read more...]

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CATHOLIC VOTE: Lots of worthwhile links and commentary at Amy Welborn's site, especially in the 10/27 entries. More on my own personal Catholic non-vote (I'm not registered; I live in DC) later, not because you care but because it feels like a real cop-out not to post on the election at all. Feel free to skip and/or loathe. … [Read more...]

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GREAT SIN AND GREAT SORROW: Former Khmer Rouge killers embrace Christ. Via Get Religion. … [Read more...]

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