Month: May 2009

  • Susan and Me

    My friend Kelly Bancroft has a video essay up at Time.com today.  “Susan and Me” is about my beloved Susan Boyle (who, in her last performance, was not as beguiling as her first) and Kelly’s connections to her as a singer from a post-industrial town where your talents may or may not go undiscovered.  It’s…

  • SF Signal

    Just a note to drop a link over to SF Signal’s Mind Meld, a feature in which various writers and editors and reviewers are asked to answer the same question. I was one of the participants this time, and  the question asked us to talk about the last time an SF/Fantasy book surprised us.

  • Prop 8

    There is nothing wrong with you.

  • Norse Code

    Hello, fellow speculative fiction lovers.  Here’s another recommendation for summer reading.  Greg van Eekhout’s Norse Code.  Now, I haven’t read this novel yet, but I have ordered it.  It’s Greg van Eekhout’s first novel, and I’m really excited and totally waving it around on the blog based on my reading of his really awesome short…

  • Literature Map

    Have any of you out there ever come across this site called Literature Map?  It’s really interesting, to me at least.  What you do is enter an author’s name, and the site provides you with a map of other authors who you may like based on your entry.  The farther away from the central author’s…

  • Books and Boxers

    All of you Kelly Pavlik fans round Ytown should know that there’s a biography of him coming out this week, and he’ll be signing with the authors at the Boardman Barnes and Noble this Friday, May 15th, at 4 PM.  The authors will be there from 2 PM on, talking and answering questions. The very…

  • Patriot Witching

    This post is a little late, as the book I’m about to recommend came out several weeks ago, but I only had a chance to read it just recently, now that I’m no longer running in twenty different directions.  In any case, C.C. Finlay’s The Patriot Witch should go onto your summer reading list.  It’s…

  • Media mashup

    Last week I was suddenly being followed by a lot of people on my Twitter site than made any logical sense to me, until my friend Gwenda twittered/tweeted/whatever-ed me to ask if I knew I was one of Mashable.com’s 100+ Best Authors Twittering.  Here’s a link to the article.  The authors are broken up into…

  • On the other side of the world…

    I used to get annoyed by this sound by the end of summer, but right now I sort of miss it.  Maybe because summer has begun. Of course, here I have a virtual aviary surrounding me, which I would surely miss if I were on the other side of the world again for long.  Such…

  • Congrats, Maine

    Congratulations, Maine, on being the next state to rise out of the mire of a twisted sensibility. Let’s hope more will follow soon. Until then, I leave you with this really awesome poem by Frank O’Hara:   Homosexuality So we are taking off our masks, are we, and keeping our mouths shut? as if we’d…