Category Archives: Books and Reading

Great Reads for a Rainy Winter Day

Girl reading with dog

The redwoods have been getting their fair share of the rain, and I’ve been holed up with a pile of wonderful books. Some of these came from my gigantic “To Be Read” bookshelf and others fall under the category of … Continue reading

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A Tale for the Time Being

A Tale for the Time Being

I seem to be reading more good literary novels of late. They seem to fall into two categories: realistic stories and ones that incorporate elements from fantasy, science fiction, or both. The realistic ones that I’ve enjoyed have been detailed … Continue reading

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Fictive history and THE PHILOSOPHER KINGS

Last month I was involved in a book discussion that sprawled over the entire landscape of literature, as they do. At one point a person began deriding the recent crop of YA steampunk-Victorians, naming some best selling authors in a … Continue reading

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Why We Don’t Have Flying Cars

The Utopia of rules

David Graeber has a different – and delightful – explanation for why we don’t have flying cars, not to mention Moon colonies and the other futuristic advances we were promised in the 1950s and 60s. In a word: bureaucracy. Not … Continue reading

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What’s in a moniker?

King Dave Flaherty has everything a guy could wish for: all the overtime gigs, all the waitresses, and, if not the universal friendship of his peers, at least none of them dares try anything on the son of the president of the Chicago stagehands local. King Dave wants more than that, though, and it’ll save him in two ways. One, it’ll save him from having to be an old-fashioned stagehand in a modern world, where a collitch degree and skills with fancy equipment are called for. And two, it’ll save him from the fate worse than death threatened by Nadine Fisher, a nineteen-year-old small town preacher’s daughter who’s run away from Texas to wait tables in the diner next door to the Auditorium Theatre. Nadine wants to make a better man of King Dave. But that’s not the fate worse than death. Continue reading

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Scathing Reviews

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Like every other published writer I know, my work has garnered rave reviews and anti-rave reviews. (Or perhaps that is rave anti-reviews?) Both ranged from insightful and well thought out to haring off after irrelevancies (like the reader who posted … Continue reading

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Writing Nowadays: Zombie Authors

I wandered past a book display at a big-box “we sell everything” store yesterday. Check out what was on the shelf:

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Bandersnatch—writing and writers’ groups

In The Company They Keep: C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien as Writers in Community, (which I talked about here) Diana Pavlac Glyer established herself among the foremost Inklings scholars. It’s one of those rarities, a deeply academic … Continue reading

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The Tiptree Symposium: Performance of Gender

Nancy Suzy and Timmi

The emotional high point of the Tiptree Symposium held at the University of Oregon last weekend was listening to Ursula K. Le Guin read the letter she wrote to James Tiptree after learning that Tip was also Alice B. Sheldon. … Continue reading

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Arthurian Cycle with a New Twist

  The story of Arthur and the knights of the Round Table is one of the longest shared world stories in Western history. From what I can tell, there were various mentions of Arthur in poems, especially Welsh ones, before … Continue reading

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