Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A Short Story up; an unjust scree on dust jackets

 Well, I have a short story up sf-books, a nice place for sci-fi work. Check it out when you get the chance. As for the next novel, I will get to that Sisyphean task as soon as I can. Enjoy the linked short, as I think it will lead to other versions, not to mention something bigger. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

City Series, part dos. Witch craft

I spoke of my friend and his exodus from our fair city. And so it goes, you may say, but though I may have not known all his reasons for leaving our country and still less about him moving to an anarchist coop in Barcelona—one of the few remnants of that city’s civil war legacy, its ability to dream even—something was more amiss than I let on.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Sculpture as art

In a very secluded part of Lower Manhattan, there lies a little known park, no more than 5x5 feet, called Plutocrat's Park (though not officially). I happened to come across this one day as I was loitering near Wall Street. To call it small would be an understatement. And perhaps to call it a park would be stretching the definition of that word as well, for there was no plant life near this barren park. Composed of a a curved clay ground I sat down and felt an unwelcome prick.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Ah, that fractal life

Well, thanks to Electric Lit for bringing this little interesting study into the light. In Poland, researchers found that many of the classics do indeed have fractal aspects to their writing (an example of science following art?—in terms of ). Very interesting findings. Of course here at my blog I already have a series that's fractal (as well as a piece about the author Algo who writes in the fractal manner), so it's nice to see something like this out there in the world. Not, of course, to say that I am the first to think in such a manner [1].

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Spokane's interesting life and the man at the bus station

Some may think that the new town I've moved into, Spokane, is less interesting than my former stomping grounds in the Bronx. In some ways it is, but in other ways it exceeds that northernmost borough. Take the following story.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Canticle for Leibowitz: the Detritus of Empires (spoiler alert)

 Canticle for Leibowitz was a surprisingly good read and stands as one of my all time favorite Sci-fi novels. [1] I didn't pick up the book expecting much of it, for it was written about a time when fears of a nuclear holocaust hung heavy above the population of the world. Only after reading it did I see that it still applies to our time. [2]

Sunday, January 24, 2016

On Orwell, intellectual love for authority, and today's world

For any of you who have read Orwell's fiction, such as 1984 and Animal Farm, but have yet to read his non-fiction, I highly recommend that you start as soon as you're capable. His longer pieces are must-reads [1], but if you're lacking time, as is the state of homo-economicus, then take a dabble at a few of his essay collections. I recommend this fat book of post 1945 essays as well as the one with a provocative title: All Art is Propaganda. You can move through the books and read the essays that interest you (the latter one being better, as it has fewer to choose from) whenever you have the time.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

The State of Writing Today (on Fiction)

This is an attempt to look at the state of writing today. As a writer of fiction, I suppose I should do this more often—in the monetary sense, that is. But let me not speak of the market (for short stories or novels) and let me speak of the state of the art. Contemporary fiction and its ability to move me. [1]

Friday, January 22, 2016

Short stories and more listings for Labyrinth of Souls

Before I start, let me note that I have a site where I'll put up my shorts. It's easier to read, and you can, from here on out, give a little bit of change without too many hassles. 

Again I've been remiss about updating you readers with the next book. Sorry about that. Things have been hectic here and I'm busy starting the next novel (with a few too many false starts and crumpled papers—note that I've taken to following Baldwin in these terms, taken to writing out before I type) though that hasn't been as fruitful as I may want it to be. After every novel there is a refractory period, but this one seems to be lasting a little too long. 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

That Internet Show

“Earthly Show” was hosted by a woman who looked and talked smarter than anyone I knew. Add to that a spherical shape, sharp ear lobes and a grin of steel teeth and it was no wonder that she was relegated to the nether regions of the internet. One had to wonder how such a person was even allowed something equivalent to a TV show. Could be that those shining teeth, that hair with steel barbs, and the face tattoo highlighted with glitter specks were indeed a draw.

Monday, January 18, 2016

MLK: the man, the legend.

On this great day, let us not forget exactly who MLK was. He was not what the mainstream media portrays him [1] to be and certainly not what the vast majority of people think he is [2]. This isn't exactly a conspiracy. If you're so inclined, simply read his speeches—especially his speeches from the later part of his life. My favorite one is "I've been to the Mountaintop". A haunting speech. [3] Or read his speech on the Vietnam War. Thus I'm glad that twitter has a #reclaimMLK hashtag to point out to all that MLK had a radical legacy [4].

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Lowhim Smackdown Alert update

 I started the Smackdown alert a year ago or so. So I've gone on and updated the original post. There have been a few more eloquent smackdowns since then, enjoy them all. Also, I've also been working on several different short story collections and will hopefully put them out in the coming year. A novel doesn't look likely until at least the summer. I apologize for that, but time is becoming harder and harder to find these days.

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Lost in Spokane, a movie festival review

It's a funny thing when one gets lost on their daily commute. I have an excuse, though, for it was late at night and those infernal white crystals were being spit at me from the heavens, quieting the earth, my car wheels crunching over their accumulations upon the road, the world weighed down as I drove back home. I arrived at an intersection which was blocked and I followed the detour sign. But soon the signs were gone and I found myself in a desolate industrial park.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Netflix and Chill: Cold Days

 It's been some snowy days here in the Inland NW. And the drifting, muffling snowscape gets one to thinking. And when the thinking gets too much—for not one of us is interesting enough to be alone with our thoughts for to long—I watch Netflix and chill. My mind releases those tangled thoughts and soon I'm watching show X, relaxing, not caring. Of course, I would have the luck to stumble upon a disquieting episode of the animated ilk. 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

On Adult coloring books

There's been something of a rise in adults using coloring books to de-stress. The above is an example of a new kind of adult coloring book. Well, it's more de-stressing, but in the form of painting. Trick is to paint straight lines that are either up or down or to the sides, all at 90 degree angles from each other. Paint to your heart's delight, then when the base is dried, color in the shapes as you see fit. 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

On reading offline.

 I've recently taken to reading offline. No, not just books (even in those terms a dedicated ereader could be considered offline) but magazines. I think it's been about more than a decade since I've actually had a subscription to a magazine. It was about that time that I thought the internet would provide better reading in terms of variety and quality than a single magazine. 

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The artist, and the people's fear of a just God.

"A person does not lightly elect to oppose his society. One would much rather be at home among one's compatriots than be mocked and detested by them. And there is a level on which the mockery of the people, even their hatred, is moving, because it is so blind: It is terrible to watch people cling to their captivity and insist on their own destruction." —James Baldwin.

If you read this blog, you must know that I think the world of James Baldwin's writing. In the above quote he speaks of the need (not want) to oppose one's society. This is, at the end of the day, the artist's choice and certainly the serious artist's choice [1].