Norstrilia by Cordwainer Smith

Thursday, 31 March 2005

I’ve read every­thing Cordwainer Smith ever pub­lished now. That is some­what dis­ap­point­ing be­cause I like him and his tena­cious sto­ries quite a bit. Norstrilia is one of the clas­sic sci­ence fic­tion books I bought for 10 cents apiece while an­tique shop­ping last week.
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The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

Wednesday, 30 March 2005

I’ve read a lot of Philip K. Dick and while this nov­el is sup­pos­ed­ly his break­through work, The Man in the High Castle is my least fa­vorite of his works. The ba­sic premise is that the United States of America and Britain lost World War II and now the USA is split be­tween Imperial Japan and the Third Reich.
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Easter Weekend

Monday, 28 March 2005

I went home Friday and had a busy week­end stomp­ing around the old stomp­ing grounds, go­ing to Mass for 2.5 hours, snag­ging a Pizza King piz­za, watch­ing a rug­by game and an­tiquing. Not in that or­der
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Symbol, Archetype, Tug of War, Metaphor

Wednesday, 23 March 2005

Flint on steel to­day from a ran­dom bab­ble on mak­ing a eu­nuch out of Vin Diesel. A fel­low friend fel­low teach­es an English course to col­lege frosh, they’re do­ing po­et­ry and now think every­thing is a sym­bol. I’ve been there.
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Morbidity Chess

Tuesday, 22 March 2005

The last few months I’ve had a grow­ing sense of hor­ror stem­ming from the crum­tas­tic­ness of cur­rent events. It isn’t fist-in-the-mouth scream­ing hor­ror, but more like be­ing slow­ly cov­ered in slimy ice wa­ter. It isn’t fear, this hor­ror is some­thing dif­fer­ent. I guess fear is when you give some­thing pow­er over you and hor­ror is when you know you have pow­er over noth­ing.
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