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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-05-15 09:40
Subject: [links] Link salad lingers in a chemo fog
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Tags:culture, interviews, links, mainspring, movies, personal, politics, process, reviews, writing
A reader with a not-so-pleased but interestingly detailed reaction to Mainspring

You're So Vain — A Swedish reader is disappointed with both Mainspring and with my author photo. Apparently I'm not 'steampunk' enough.

An Interview with Mark Twain — Rudyard Kipling and Mark Twain. (Thanks to [info]danjite.)

Iain M Banks: Science fiction is no place for dabblers — (Via [info]tillyjane.)

Roger Ebert reviews his own review of Thor

British Parakeet Boom Is a Mystery, and a Mess — Mmm, birds.

Erasing the Face of History — Egypt then and now.

The Tragedy of Sarah PalinThe Atlantic with an apologetic for venal opportunist Sarah Palin. Odd venue for such a piece.

Why Did Birther Support Drop So Much? — I was struck by this line: Second, no prominent elites on the right contested the validity of the birth certificate, which meant that coverage of its release was almost entirely one-sided. This story only every had one. The other side was goofy bullshit from start to finish, and never deserved the coverage it did get. Phrases like this in new analysis imply there should have been a balance. Birtherism is on a par with moon landing denial, Holocaust denial, evolution denial, Intelligent Design, or Sharia Law panic — a fixed ideological delusion immune to facts or data. No one ever comes to these perspectives from an open-minded evaluation of the reality of the situation in question.

Why was Strauss-Kahn Arrested but W. & Cheney went Free?President Eisenhower did not hesitate to defend the UN Charter even against close allies. His like, unfortunately, would be hard to find in American politics today.

?otD: Is it Sunday yet?



5/15/2011
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemotherapy day)
Body movement: n/a (possibly some biking or walking to come)
Hours slept: 10.0 hours (fitful, plus napping)
Weight: 237.6
Currently reading: Sasha 124 by Alex Tillson

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history_monk
User: history_monk
Date: 2011-05-15 16:50 (UTC)
Subject: Best of luck with the chemo
Mainspring not steampunk enough? Sub-genre error at line 1. I'd describe it as mystic clockpunk, personally.

Edited at 2011-05-15 04:51 pm (UTC)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-05-15 16:51 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Best of luck with the chemo
Actually, I think his objection was to my author photo.
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2011-05-16 17:03 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Best of luck with the chemo
This kind of reminds me of how some of Poppy Brite's readers used to complain that her author photos weren't Goth enough...or didn't believe that her LJ was hers simply because she talked about things like health problems instead of wild blood-filled night-long parties.
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emmainfiniti
User: emmainfiniti
Date: 2011-05-15 19:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I am unreasonably amused that the grad student in the bird article is named Peck.
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ulfhirtha
User: ulfhirtha
Date: 2011-05-16 03:43 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Sweet reading, Kipling on his visit with Twain.
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