William H. Patterson Jr. (1951-2014)

Apr. 24th, 2014 06:20 am
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The author of the two-volume Heinlein biography has died. He did finish it; the second volume will be out in June

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But hurt

Apr. 24th, 2014 06:12 am
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Lingua Franca looks at the tabu against beginning a sentence with "but" or "and." I do it myself, and I defend it with an argument from near-divine authority: The Authorized Version of the Bible does it all the time. Good enough for the King James Gang, good enough for me.

Dope menace

Apr. 24th, 2014 05:59 am
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Republican says that the president isn't allowed to pardon drug fiends. Charles Pierce points out that the real problem is electing morons.

Homeopathic urine and antivaxxers

Apr. 24th, 2014 05:52 am
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Jon Carroll on the reservoir someone allegedly wee-weed in. You know what W.C. Fields said. Read more... )

Not cute

Apr. 24th, 2014 05:39 am
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Amanda Marcotte makes the reasonable point that we should not encourage teenage boys to pester women who are not interested in them. Idiots attack.

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Asking for it

Apr. 23rd, 2014 06:14 am
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The NYPD asked people to post their favorite pictures of Your Friend the Police Officer. Guess what they got.

ETA: Asking the Internet to name your baby works comparably.

Illegitimi non carborundum

Apr. 21st, 2014 07:17 am
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Vox Day, as one might have guessed from his pseudonym, does not know Latin.

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Cranky old fan

Apr. 20th, 2014 06:01 pm
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I am so old and out of touch that most of the names on the Hugo ballot mean nothing to me, but it's about time Steve Stiles (last of the paper fanzine people) got the Fan Artist award, and I'm rooting for Noah Ward vis-à-vis Opera Vita Aeterna and series almost Aeterna.

Burroughing

Apr. 20th, 2014 07:25 am
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I heard about William Burroughs in my teenage years. I was at an age where I'd be interested in anything by a homosexual druggie who'd written a book full of dirty words. And there was even more to it than that: He was the kind of mysterious figure that fortunately no longer exists in my part of the world: the victim of censorship, telling capital-T Truths capital-T They wouldn't allow us to hear.

When They finally let me read Naked Lunch, I agreed that it was a masterpiece—a magnificent collage of widely varied but almost always brilliant imagery held together by striking wit and a morbidly fascinating sensibility. I think it also was his One Book. Later works didn't add to it, and made it more obvious that he did not like women. At his worst, he called the whole sex a "mistake" and wrote books like The Wild Boys fantasizing about slaughtering them all and all the men who'd been contaminated by them (not unlike a Halloween movie). At best, he tolerated them.

Call Me Burroughs, by Barry Miles, is an excellent and thorough bio. It reinforces my view of the three Beat Generation superstars: Ginsberg was a saint, Kerouac was a turd, and Burroughs was a sicko. We read much about his mental adventures in Scientology and worse.

And it leaves us with a familiar problem: What do we do about great work by horrible people? I can't even decide whether the craziness is mitigating or exacerbating. At least Ezra Pound never said that the Jews were specially created by evil insects from space.

Visual untruth

Apr. 19th, 2014 02:33 pm
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How Fox News could do the Obamacare stats

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Powerful

Apr. 17th, 2014 06:22 am
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Oliver Willis on the almighty liberal media

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