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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-07-02 06:21
Subject: [links] Link salad for a Wednesday
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Tags:culture, links, personal, politics, science, writing

specficrider and I have another article up at IROSF

A rather nice photo of the_child and the Niece — Courtesy of lillypond.

Biblical Text-Writing May Have Poisoned MonksName of the Rose anyone?

Lost Beatles interview recovered

The joys of research — Sometimes you find the crazy, sometimes the crazy finds you. I turned up this Web site on the mystical and numerological significance of Washington, D.C.’s street layout while reseaching details for “In the Forests of the Night,” my current WIP.

Gold Pill makes your poop glitter for $425 — Mmm…shiny. (Thanks to danjite.)

Astronomers on verge of finding Earth’s twin — A remarkably misleading headline to an interesting story. (Thanks to lt260.)

Unwrapping the chocolate genome — As lt260 says, global warming or no global warming, we shall have chocolate. (Thanks to lt260.)

For the sake of the girl with the beautiful swing — Garrison Keillor on the Bush legacy. (Thanks to my Aunt M.)

Citing Need for Assessments, U.S. Freezes Solar Energy Projects — Drilling in ANWR? You bet! Solar energy plants in the desert? Environmental catastrophe! Your Bush administration energy policy at work. (Thanks to danjite.)

Time in saddle: 0 minutes (still recovering from surgery)
Last night’s weigh-out: n/a
This morning’s weigh-in: 254.8
Currently reading: n/a

The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia Amazon ]

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.

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scarlettina: Radio Scarlettina
User: scarlettina
Date: 2008-07-02 13:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Radio Scarlettina
I love Garrison Keillor. He's one of my two radio boyfriends, him and Ira Glass: wonderful brains and tasty voices. ::happy sigh::

Seriously, though: Great essay. Thanks for the link.

And now I have to go read that article about poisoned priests and the Beatles interview....

(If I'm late to work, it's your fault. I'm just sayin'.)
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User: lordofallfools
Date: 2008-07-02 13:49 (UTC)
Subject: For the Sake of the Girl with the Beautiful Swing
What a waste of an opportunity.

Keillor is one of the greatest (if undervalued) writers of our day; he is precisely American, in the way that Robert Frost is precisely American, in the way that Norman Rockwell is.

And yet he ends an INCREDIBLE essay with a tepid, toothless, unconnected bilge against Bush? Up to the last paragraph, 'Girl with the Beautiful Swing' is transcendent-- it plays with themes of
liminality, simplicity, liberalism with ease and grace.

Then the rant.

Alas. There is no joy in Mudville.

It's not Keillor's politics that are bothersome, it's that he so completely and so abruptly changes tone, without much of an explanation. I even agree with his conclusion. But I fear that the left's dislike of Bush is going to do to them what the Right's dislike of Clinton has done: make them sound like ranting, raving, idiots to all of us middle-of-the-roadists.

There was an opportunity for sharp criticism mingled with poignant, Mom-and-Pop, apple-pie, Stars-n-stripes imagery-- Keillor missed it.

I guess that's a real indicator of how much anger Bush generates, that such a great writer can be thrown off his game by just thinking about him.
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Ruthanne Reid
User: ruthannereid
Date: 2008-07-02 16:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That's a really lovely photo!

*laughs* I'd double-check the Washington-Masons connection and such, but it sure makes for some fun reading.

I don't even know what to say about the glitter-poo. This is soooo going to end up as one of those items in history class, far in the future, when people look back and declaim our society as ridiculous.
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User: evaleastaristev
Date: 2008-07-03 04:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Here's another link for ya that's made of awesome.

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