Sifting through the debris

Jul 28

“My mom says I’m destined to be the sort of man who uses big words but pronounces them incorrectly.” — Karen RussellSt. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves (via vintageanchorbooks) // this is so me

Jul 26

The Art of Neil Gaiman by Hayley Campbell -

New blog post from Collected Miscellany

Jul 23

Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler (Audiobook) -

New blog post from Collected Miscellany

Jul 19

The Battle For WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi -

New blog post from Collected Miscellany

Enough is Enough -


The historical blindness, moral obtuseness, and self-satisfied pomposity of this op-ed by Timothy Egan is only the most recent in a long line of New York Times pieces meant to incite hatred religious believers. But it’s the last one I’ll read. I have canceled my subscription and will no longer…

Jul 14

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente -

New blog post from Collected Miscellany

Jul 13

Tap, Tap, Tap … this thing on? -

New blog post from Collected Miscellany

Jul 09

Moon over Columbus (at Huntington Park)

Moon over Columbus (at Huntington Park)

Jul 08

“[T]he right response to works of literature that reduce themselves to a political agenda, that use fiction as a literary form primarily to reinforce political attitudes, is to point out that this is the debasement of literature, not to further contribute to its debasement by imitation. The notion that there can be either “liberal fiction” or “conservative fiction” is antithetical to the very existence of literature as a form of art, the experience of which should enhance the reader’s appreciation of the complexities of human experience, not undermine it in the name of dogma and ideology.” — DANIEL GREEN

“[W]hile the religious right views religion as a fundamental, and indeed essential, part of the human experience, the secular left views it as something more like a hobby, so for them it’s as if a major administrative rule was struck down because it unduly burdened model-train enthusiasts. That emotional disconnect makes it hard for the two sides to even debate; the emotional tenor quickly spirals into hysteria as one side says “Sacred!” and the other side says, essentially, “Seriously? Model trains?” That shows in Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dissent, where it seems to me that she takes a very narrow view of what role religious groups play in the lives of believers and society as a whole.” — Megan McArdle