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Publication News: Two Days Left to Preorder Veils, Halos & Shackles

I am normally more on top of these things, but somehow the email letting me know about the special pre-order discount ($14.95, which is $10 off the cover price) on Veils, Halos & Shackles: International Poetry on the Oppression and … Continue reading

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A Thread For Discussing Hugo Nominated Works, Without Reference To The Recent Controversy

You can find a list of this year’s Hugo finalists, along with links to online versions (for those that are available online), here. This is a thread where spoilers are acceptable. If you want to avoid spoilers, then you’ll need … Continue reading

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Red Pills and Ants

Recent events at a blog that rhymes with Shmetal-Moptimized reminded me of the existence of sociobiology and of people who imagine that human beings – and ants and bonobos and every other species — are driven primarily by biological imperatives, … Continue reading

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Farid al-Din Attar: A Reading Journal 5

When I was in my twenties, a friend and I used to talk all the time about how impoverished the English vocabulary for love is, not just in the sense that we use the word love to talk about our … Continue reading

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Other Life Forms Release Party!

Hey! I wrote a novel. And that novel is coming out this weekend! And you should come to the release party! There will be champagne and a zine-making table! You can win a free copy of the book! YAY. Here’s … Continue reading

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Interview with Cynthia Dewi Oka

Remember how, long, long ago, I was starting a small press? Well! Dinah Press is getting a slow start, but we’re getting ready to release our first two books–Other Life Forms, a novel by moi; and nomad of salt and … Continue reading

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I cry a lot because I miss people. They die and I can’t stop them. They leave me and I love them more.

R.I.P., Mr. Sendak. You created one of the great anarchic works of literature, Where the Wild Things Are, which in its brevity is far deeper than most thousand-page novels. If you missed Sendak’s unbelievably amazing interview with Stephen Colbert, or … Continue reading

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Review: THE EMPEROR’S KNIFE by Mazarkis Williams

A few months ago, I had the privilege of being approached by Nightshade Books to blurb THE EMPEROR’S KNIFE by Mazarkis Williams. I blurbed it thus: Mazarkis Williams creates a world in which magic is written in an alphabet of … Continue reading

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Responding to RonF’s Question about Reading, Plus, Just for the Hell of It, a Reading List

RonF, in my recent post on reading, Because Reading is Fundamental, asked if I could give an example of the kind of reading I was talking about when I wrote but it has been years since I have been able … Continue reading

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Because Reading is Fundamental

I miss reading. I really do. In a big, big way. And it has, especially over the past couple of days, been making me very, very sad. It started after I read Joshua Bodwell’s article in the most recent issue … Continue reading

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