Category Archives: Narrative

LQCs: A Beautiful Song; Changing the Narrative

We heard a version of this last night on PBS. The song was written for this singer, Colm Wilkinson. More versions here. \\ One more article about the mass shootings of late, because this takes an abstract look at the … Continue reading

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LQCs: Stories of Religion and History and Why We Tell Them

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SF and politics; Trek; Retconning; More on Wordle

Coincident to yesterday’s post is this essay today in Salon. Salon, Kyle Galindez, 19 Feb 2022: Why can’t sci-fi and fantasy imagine alternatives to capitalism or feudalism?, subtitled, “The limitless imagination of genre novelists hits a roadblock when it comes … Continue reading

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Links & Quotes: Spy Stories; Secularism

Janis Ian (the singer, who I follow on Facebook), offered this David Bowie quote the other day: “As you get older, the questions come down to about two or three. How long? And what do I do with the time … Continue reading

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Ls&Cs: Stories: Joan Didion; A Killer Review

Here are two disparate items that happen to be thematically related. First we have an item by the late Joan Didion, who died on December 23rd. I knew I had a couple books by her, but it took me a … Continue reading

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Links & Comments: Narrative Shortcuts, Fantasy Worlds, Arabic Numerals

Sunny but chilly today; we’ve had rain for much of the past two weeks, and now we’re in for a week or so of sun. We did a 34-minute walk, though Robinson Drive and around on  Skyline and back to … Continue reading

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Ls&Cs: War on Christmas; Book Hoarders

The earliest people who objected to Christmas were… the Puritans. And a piece about famous people who own lots of books.

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Ls&Cs: Irony; Banning Books

The most significant item I have today, which I saw a couple days ago, was via a Facebook post by Moshe Feder, who helpfully copied it in its entirety: an article on New Scientist, by Annalee Newitz, which is not … Continue reading

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Ls&Cs: Hillary; Money; Rural America; the Economy; Populism

Today I had a dentist appointment; I compiled Weekly Bestsellers for Locus Online; I updated sfadb.com with the World Fantasy Award winners. After lunch: my thrice-weekly cardiac therapy. Then: read another chapter of Pinker; and now compiling links collected this … Continue reading

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Ls&Cs: Science, Detection, and Narrative

Aspirin: Why do scientists keep changing their minds? How science is like detective work. How conspiracy theorists exploit the provisional nature of science. Can history be overturned, or just refined? And KSR, aliens, the new telescope, and existential crises.

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