Month: April 2004

  • The Babu owes Orson Scott Card. He reminds me that an author is not his books, that much as I may have loved the Ender’s Game series, I don’t need to like or even agree with the man’s opinions. Card’s earnest diatribe against same-sex marriage ducks a key issue. The institution of marriage has, in […]

  • Random Passage (From Return of the Reluctant, link via MaudNewton): 1. Grab the nearest book. 2. Open the book to page 23. 3. Find the fifth sentence. 4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions. This is what I came up with: “Here I am, writing and writing, but […]

  • “For me, writing is like being gay. You finally admit that this is who you are, you come out and hope that no one runs away.” Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Also this: “Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens as well.” […]

  • One of my all-time favourite series is George McDonald Fraser’s Flashman books, which took Flashy out of school and sent him swaggering, blustering and rogering his way across several continents as an adult. Charlie Higson’s been commissioned to do a Flashy in reverse on James Bond, who will feature as a teenager. And his secret […]

  • Back in the days when I was a hormone-driven young teeanger, I had an experience that I now realise qualifies as an “interfaith sexual experience”. (In those days, we called it “making out” without reference to caste, class, faith or denomination, but then we were old fashioned.) If you’re wondering what exactly the “Muslim sexual […]

  • It’s going to be the man’s fourth marriage, so of course Vanessa Thorpe thinks this is the perfect time to remind us of the intellectual importance of Salman Rushdie. Oh please. Just say it’s gossip and be done with it. (Link courtesy Zigzackly’s Peter Griffin.)

  • * Margo Jefferson has unwittingly set out the Blogger’s Creed: “I used to wish I could live through the words of other writers. Unpleasant questions would be parried with crisp couplets and song lyrics; strong feelings and opinions would be given third-person protection. I wouldn’t have to censor myself because my own prose wasn’t up […]

  • “There’s a certain comfort level you need to attain before you can emotionally handle a guy quoting you back to yourself in the bedroom, and it goes way beyond the comfort level required to get naked together.” Everyone needs to be allowed to whinge about the drudgery of work. Even sex writers.

  • If you’re so inclined, drop in at the Asimov site at 9 pm (EST) on April 13 and chat with the Nebula award nominees–Eleanor Arneson, Kage Baker, John Kessel, Ian R Macleod, Eleanor Arnason, Molly Gloss and James Van Pelt. They’ve cleared up that business about Asimov’s being full of “sex, drugs and molestation” stories, […]

  • The remains of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s Lockheed P-38 have been found, settling at least the question of what happened on his last flight. He disappeared on July 31, 1944 while doing a recce; in 1998, a bracelet engraved with the names ‘Consuelo’ and ‘Antoine’ was found in the Mediterranean. In one of the last letters […]