Monthly Archives: March 2014

Minority Report

I get the impression that a lot of us from certain backgrounds grow up thinking racism and sexism are largely things of the past. Sure, we’re aware they still exist, but only in backwards places like Alabama. People point to … Continue reading

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Now I Know My ABCs

When listening to albums randomly the other day, the They Might Be Giants record Here Come the ABCs came up. This is one of the children’s albums they did for Disney, and as such it doesn’t stand up to repeated … Continue reading

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Birth Control vs. Corporate Control

I haven’t really been keeping up with the news recently. Blame the fact that I’m working and that my wife doesn’t watch cable news as much as she used to. It seems that, aside from Vladimir Putin playing a real-life … Continue reading

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Mystery, Ancient and Modern

I remember someone on the old Nonestica mailing list asking why it seems that no Ozites knew the history of their country, and it’s definitely a valid point. In The Lost King of Oz, we read, “Snip knew the names … Continue reading

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You’ve Got to Hide Your History Away

The Hidden History of Oz, Book One: The Witch Queens, by Tarl Telford – This series is a prequel to the Oz books proper, an idea that’s been done a few times, from Hugh Pendexter’s Oz and the Three Witches … Continue reading

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Post of the Hours

One common feature of mythology is an explanation of the procession of the seasons, often linking them to particular deities or to the death and rebirth of a god. In Greek mythology, it’s explained that the winter is when Demeter‘s … Continue reading

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Breakfast Every Hour, It Could Save the World

A few months ago, Amanda Palmer wrote on her blog about the song “Delilah,”, which appears on the second Dresden Dolls album Yes, Virginia. It’s not one of my favorites on the album, but it’s quite poignant, being about a … Continue reading

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