Tim Pratt has posted a view of his upcoming novel’s cover on his journal. So if you’re reading my blog because you found my work in Tim (and Heather Shaw’s) ‘zine Flytrap or even because you read my Strange Horizon story "Once Upon a Time at the Learning Annex" I know you’ll want to check out Tim’s sure-to-be-singular not-to-be-missed debut novel . Which you can already preorder from Amazon for a paltry $9.
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My formerly-favorite NY Times writer Maureen Dowd continues her recent male-bashing and brings it to a new level in todays column X-celling Over Men.
Here’s the email response I sent her, though I should not have bothered. Anything I say, or anyone can say, will only reinforce her predjudice. That’s why they call it predjudice.
"Who can be surprised that this particular column of yours is the most email Times article of the week? Bigotry of the type you espouse here is always an attention getter. Presumably none of your readers are men because, as we now know, men don’t read the Times. We are too busy parked in front of wall-sized TV watching sports or porn. I’m sure you know well enough that there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that we are not simply what our genes say we are. You also conveniently forgot that a man painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Another man wrote "The Great Gatsby," another one discovered the polio vaccine. But those accomplishments were all made before the invention of take-out pizza and ESPN.
There’s one word in your article that I question. You call the study in NATURE "startling." I submit that you do not really find it startling all, but quite expected. When bigots like yourself find some kernel they can take away to justify their own prejudices they feel gleeful and satisfied. They do not find themselves startled. –Mike Canfield"
Updated11:00 am -But here’s a better rebuttle than my poor male sports-and-barcalounger brain can come up with: The New York Times: Maureen Dowd (Forum/Message Board).
Got my iPod shuffle yesterday — after a few weeks on back order. Any (unlikely) future historian digging up the remnants of this blog in the layers and layer of digital archives will have a hard time understanding my fascination with the amazing gadget – weightless, and exactly the length of my middle finger — now hanging under around my neck and under my shirt. I’m walking around the apartment, spot scrubbing fingerprints off the wall while listening to Bill Clinton’s Book Expo America Keynote address, and later Stephen King’s reading of his story "LT’s Theory of Pets." (Not coincidentally, And while I’m waiting for my nifty iPod shuffle Armband to come off backorder, I joined Audible.com today.)
by James Palmer. Entire Feb issue fo RoF reviewed here:
by James Palmer. Entire Feb issue fo RoF reviewed here:
Cox News Service
March 8, 2005
ATLANTA — Almost never finish everything on your
to-do list because you run out of time? Or mad at yourself that you
haven’t folded the clothes? Or taken the trash out to the curb?
But, nonetheless, you still agree to do things a
month from now that you’re already too busy to do today?
If that’s you, don’t despair. Most of us are like
that, and, according to a new study, scientists now think they know
When people are in the midst of their daily living,
they’re pretty good at gauging how many chores or even
spur-of-the-moment invitations they can handle at the moment.
But give them more time to figure out their
constraints — say, a commitment made for next week or next month
– and their procrastination instinct kicks in, scientists Gal
Zauberman of the University of North Carolina and John Lynch Jr. of
Duke University report.
"Most of us are pretty lousy at predicting how much
spare time we’ll have in the future, but we are blissfully unaware
of this," said Lynch. The pair’s study is in this month’s
peer-reviewed Journal of Experimental Psychology.
"…when you are doing something in a recurring way to diminish risk or doing it in the same way as you have done it before, it is clear why professionalism is not enough. After all, what is desirable in our field, is continuous transgression. Professionalism does not allow for that because transgression has to encompass the possibility of failure and if you are professional your instinct is not to fail, it is to repeat success. Professionalism as a lifetime aspiration is a limited goal."
On changes in style:
"It’s absurd to be loyal to a style. It does not deserve your loyalty. [...]But the point is that anybody who is in this for the long haul has to decide how to respond to change in the zeitgeist.
"DOUBT IS BETTER THAN CERTAINTY.
Everyone always talks about confidence and believing in what you do. I remember once going to a class in Kundalini yoga where the teacher said that, spirituality speaking, if you believed that you had achieved enlightenment you have merely arrived at your limitation. I think that is also true in a more practical sense. Deeply held beliefs of any kind prevent you from being open to experience, which is why I find all firmly held ideological positions questionable. It makes me nervous when someone believes too deeply or too much. I think that being sceptical and questioning all deeply held beliefs is essential. Of course we must know the difference between scepticism and cynicism because cynicism is as much a restriction of one’s openness to the world as passionate belief is. They are sort of twins."
And much more. These are just a taste. Read the whole piece is here:
And New Noir in general: Was It a Pulp Novel…, Or a Desperate Game of Chance with a Girl on the Road to Hell?
And check this out. I can’t be the only one nuts for these retro paperback covers. (Don’t answer that.)
Amazon Link to the King cover. (Just to prove it’s real …)
Mann’s next album has cover art by the guy who does all those great noir New Yorker Magazine covers.
What’s his name. You know, this guy:
Today, presuming I finish my required writing by midnight, will be taken up by getting started on a nice stack of recent-ish Joe R. Lansdale novels: "The Bottoms," "A Fine Dark Line," & "Sunset & Sawdust. " Also, I’ll try to squeeze in a couple more episodes of David Milch’s Deadwood. This is my second viewing of the series in a month; simply the finest television show ever create by anyone not named Larry David, or Joss anything (and one of the most literary TV shows I’ve ever encounter to boot).