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Irrational inspiration

Recently Abbe and I went to the beach for the week.  It was wonderfully and kind of terrifyingly remote.  A good place to write, I hoped (although it was really a working vacation). Sometimes I think I’m a loon.  Three years ago we went to the Outer Banks and I wrote one story (“Jellyfish”) and came up with the idea for another (“Grandfather Vampire”).  They...

America, First

Others, more eloquent than I, have called out Donald Trump for invoking the “America First” slogan on the campaign trail.  The slogan was a prominent cry among WW II isolationists, including Charles Lindberg, who (in particular) stoked anti-semitic rhetoric as an excuse for staying out of the war. I’m anti-war myself, on principle.  But I get that there are times when we have a...

The dystopian non fiction world

Reading tonight, in the Washington Post, about people in Denmark being prosecuted for giving rides to migrant asylum seekers.   Just the latest in what seems to be an endless string of stories about European countries — mostly driven by far-right politicians who have seized control — turning away from those fleeing oppression in Syria and elsewhere. And obviously the stories...

Ghosting, and using nouns as verbs

From today’s Washington Post.  The story, frightening enough if you’re not a big fan of gun ownership, is about a man in Colorado who brought a gun into a theater out of fear of a mass shooting, only to end up (apparently accidentally, but not fatally) shooting someone himself.  Here’s part of the story: Fifteen minutes into the movie, Gallion’s gun somehow went off, police say...

How Game of Thrones explains the gun control debate

Reading through the transcript of Obama’s speech today, in the wake of the executive actions his administration is taking to address gun violence. It’s a good speech, thoughtful, measured.  I’m cynical (or just disheartened) enough that I don’t think it will matter much either way — at least not the speech itself.  It could be that the executive actions will have a...

Old Things

Waiting for the pet store to open this morning, I stopped in at the coffee shop next door.   It’s an old building even though it’s only been a coffee shop for a few years, and so the shop has the look of a place that’s been around for years.  Old linoleum floors, chipped paint on the walls, a little on the shabby side–nothing shiny, nothing new.  It’s small but...

Coming of age

Just finished watching We Are the Best! with my 12-year-old.   Subtitled Swedish film about three 13-year-old misfits who form a punk band in the early 80s, and — even though on the surface it’s about punk, and rebellion and anarchy — probably one of the sweetest movies I’ve seen in years. Fun to watch with Emma, who was game despite the subtitles.  It helped that the...

Welsh rats and Mad Men

As with every other show, Abbe and I are way behind on Mad Men.   Catching up now that it’s over, but catching up quickly. Five seasons in, I’ve come to think that the show isn’t really about the 60s, or about identity, or about rapid social change.  Or maybe it’s about all those things.  But I think it’s really a show about growing old.  Old enough, anyway, so you reach the point where you stop...

Cat’s Cradle

So apparently “Cat’s Cradle” is being made into a feature movie.   I haven’t re-read Vonnegut in a long time, but I’m looking forward to it for the same reason you look forward to anything related to any book you ever loved.  Because it brings the book back to you, and with it, the love you felt.  Only to lead to horrible disappointment, maybe.  But still.  If you...

Hope and the godless American hellscape

There’s a story in the Post today on the decline of Christianity in America.   The number of Americans who identify themselves as Christians — still pretty high, at 71% — dropped by 8% in a seven-year span, according to a Pew survey.  And the trend for those born between 1981 and 1989 (“older millenials,” which makes them sound like a race of ageless immortals from a...

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