The excellent Doug Lain is teaching a writing workshop with Portland Parks and Recreation starting July 1st — Guest instructors include MK Hobson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Eileen Gunn, Ken Scholes, Tina Connolly and me. If you're in the PDX area, check it out.
Joe Haldeman on writing — I'm impressed with this one.
What Did Jesus Do? — Reading and unreading the Gospels. Part pop theology, part literary criticism, interesting reading in any case.
Windsor Shades: 1935 — Good gravy. Look at the chimneys on this thing.
Three Isn’t Always a Crowd: The Third Gender — The latest essay from Science In My Fiction, a fascinating survey of a complex, difficult topic. Which also led me to Sworn Virgins, which is a rich, strange story mine waiting to happen.
Arizona's Next Immigration Target: Children of Illegals — Given the widespread conservative rhetoric regarding strict Constitutionalism, why is it okay to throw out the parts you don't like? As in, say, the Fourteenth Amendment. If you're going to practice textual fundamentalism (Christian or otherwise), you don't get to pick and choose. If you're going to go for context and nuance, you've lost your claim to absolutist inerrancy pretty much by definition. If as some Arizona Republicans seem to be asserting, the meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment has changed with the times, why not the meaning of the Second Amendment?
The Hallmark of a black hole — This one boggles me. There's more than enough real racism in the world that needs dealing with. Why go looking for it in places where it just isn't there?
Because There Are No Racists... — Ta-Nehisi Coates on Rep. King's charges of black-on-black favoritism by Attorney General Holder. This reminds me of the conservative notion that gay-identified judges shouldn't rule on cases involving gay rights issues. Yet somehow, I've never seen or heard a conservative arguing that white male politicians favor white men, or that white male judges shouldn't rule on cases involving white men. Why is that?
?otD: How can we dance when our Earth is turning?
Writing time yesterday: n/a
Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 7.5 (fitful)
This morning's weigh-in: 229.6
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 6/10 (exhaustion, irritation)
Currently (re)reading: Small Gods by Terry Pratchett