Wolraich: Obama at the Gates of... Gates
Dr. C: In Praise of Writing Binges
Maiello: Gatsby Doesn't Grate
The Earthman boldly stalked into the arena. Far up in the stands, he saw his prize: Ballista Thorax, Princess of Barstoolm. He had left one wife on Earth, and already had taken another in Helium, but Newt was not one to let a healthy, unclaimed princess go begging. To impress her, he must defeat all comers.
His current challenger was a tall Martian, green, the color of Earth money, with one head, two faces and dozens of arms. The challenge master, a red Martian, was introducing them. "From the cold of the NorthEast, I bring you Mittmentum, one of our green cousins, who will fight the pasty white stranger called Geengriiich."
He sat recalling past sins; not capable of recalling past victories.
What victories for chrissakes?
It was then he knew, he absolutely knew that his mood had taken over his thought processes.
When you realize that you cannot trust your own thoughts, your own logic and your own perspectives how in the hell can you continue?
But he also was aware that he had come to this nihilistic conclusion before. [Read more]
Cute to see Bloomberg tell Sadik-Khan to stay in the bike lane, but hardly the funniest part.
A blog about preserving our heritage of books. Treasures found this weekend:
The Cyberiad by Stanislaw Lem. Fables for the Cybernetic Age. Seabury Press, 1974. Translated from the Polish by Michael Kandel. Illustrations by Daniel Mroz. Book is Near Fine, dust jacket Very Good +. (Cost $15). The superb dust jacket illustration in yellow and black and the book illustrations are of cyber machines rendered in what appears as dry-point engraving.  [Read more]
The Man That Didn't Shoot Liberty Valance
Tom Doniphon respects Libertarian (Liberty) Valance's right to live life his own way, as long as Valance doesn't bother him. After killing attorney Stoddard and most of the townsfolk, Valance eventually dies of cirrhosis.
A Fistful of Gold Eagles
The Man With No Government ID arrives in a town where two leading families, the Rojos and Baxters, are each printing their own currency not tied to the gold standard. He maneuvers each side's forces into killing off the other, then takes the gold.
The Good Libertarian, the Bad Libertarian and the Ugly Libertarian
At Mother's house in late October
We parceled out all the mementos;
I found the Stevenson banner I had
Removed from the '56 convention hall.
Al Lowenstein helped me grab
the banner---he, a dangerous radical.
surreptitiously telephoned E. Roosevelt
from a stranger's suite we had commandeered. [Read more]
This is a photo of the Smith family Xmas brick.  [Read more]
I posted this last year, but, given the season, I thought I should re-post it. It's a story I wrote many years ago, stuck in a drawer and forgot about. In 2009, I was going through the drawer and found it, and promised myself that I would not put it back in the drawer again. [Read more]
Sweetie, you want to love everybody else?
Go over there and move in with them, then.
They don't believe in God!
No money, no manners, pregnant every weekend,
Line up for abortions Monday morning
Instead of going to their jobs!
(If I had my way, they wouldn't need abortions.) [Read more]
Sometimes, good, novel recipes are borne out of desperation. I had that happen to me recently when I found myself with only one egg and needed to make a two egg omelet. In lieu of the other egg, I substituted Greek yogurt (which I had on hand).
The recipe is as follows: [Read more]