Category Archives: Humor

Makeover Queen: When hairdressers go bad

Makeover Queen by Jennifer Stevenson

I actually had a hairdresser once who really was pretending to be gay to avoid his ex-wife. While I didn’t find his act particularly convincing, I did wonder what he had going on that his ex couldn’t stay away from.  Continue reading

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BVC Announces Makeover Queen by Jennifer Stevenson

Makeover Queen by Jennifer Stevenson

In the process of making over his best friend Debby, hairdresser Bruce decides he has to seduce her— just a little teeny bit— to protect her from heartbreak. Yeah, that goes well. Continue reading

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A Favorite Memory

Ursula K. Le Guin

While my world is still reeling from the news of the loss of BVC’s beloved co-founder, Ursula, I kept replaying my few personal encounters with this giant of woman. I’m petite. She was shorter and more slender than me. But … Continue reading

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The Capitol Steps: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough I live near Washington DC. It is a company town, just like Detroit or Battle Creek, only our product is politics, not cars or corn flakes. And this is reflected in the arts scene, where the … Continue reading

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The Robots Celebrate Christmas

Hey, what are you reading? It’s an invitation. Lemme see. No way. Sounds of paper rattling, a scuffle. You gotta be kidding. It’s from them? An invitation to a Christmas party? So?

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Within My Teaching Box (the Stroumph! edition)

How do we bring our readers into a new world with us? How do we make them accept that this world is real? I have many tools for this in my teaching box. Most of my tools for this are … Continue reading

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Theatre review: In The Next Room, or, The Vibrator Play

If you’re a fan of historical fiction you should see this play. If you’re a woman who has learned her way around her own body under less than optimal circumstances, or taught a man, you should see this play. If you’re a student of feminism, medicine, or sociology, you should see this play. If you need a laugh and can laugh at lengthy (and I assure you prudishly veiled) performances of hysteria cure in women and men, you should see this play. If you love steampunk for the finicky social rules, the language, the clothes, and clank, you should see this play. Continue reading

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The Inspiration Fairy

This last weekend I attended Orycon 39 with a bunch of very fine people. I had a great time, and I got to meet a lot of terrific people and visit with friends I hadn’t seen in forever. There’s never … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Traveler’s Thanksgiving Rant

Could a computer run the United States? Let’s suppose we’re not that far off from this. I probably won’t be alive and neither will Donald Trump (fortunately) but it could happen. (Consider WestWorld—or is it Disney World?) Today’s political arena … Continue reading

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Theatre review: Escape to Margaritaville

In its slack, umbrella-drink-holding way, Margaritaville is body-image-positive, feminist, and egalitarian in its relationship developments. For you romance readers, the romance values are adult-level, in spite of the Parrothead themes. All the character arcs have twists I didn’t see coming. (As well as a few I did. Spoiler alert: the bride is seduced, no surprise . . . but via cheeseburger.) Continue reading

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