Archive for the 'Reading' Category

Non-Fiction Readers Are From Mars, and Fiction Readers Are From Venus

Tuesday, December 27th, 2005

Or are they? In the comments to this post on Ace of Spades, one Bob offers the observation that liberals seem to read more fiction than non-fiction, while for conservatives the reverse is true. At first glance it seems to me that this is true, because when I was young and dumb and full of […]

How to say “trollbait” 3,000 different ways

Tuesday, October 25th, 2005

Once, when I had a brain, I was interested in linguistics. I never did more than scratch the surface of this field of study. But one day I’m going to settle down and read this: 44 Reasons Why the Chomskians Are Mistaken. It’s about Chomsky’s linguistics theories, which Chomskyites and people who want to seem […]

Why Catholics should not criticise C.S. Lewis

Sunday, October 9th, 2005

Because their inability to forgive him for not going “all the way” and converting to the “True Church” seems to distort their perception of his writing. The writer of the article linked above seems to think that if Lewis had only come down firmly on the side of the Catholic view of Mary then weak-minded […]

Harry Potter and the Half-Awake Blogger

Thursday, August 18th, 2005

Gah. Just finished Half-Blood Prince. Stayed up too late last night to read most of it. I have many thoughts. Well, no, actually one: can’t wait for book seven. J.K. Rowling writes the best “but– what happens next!” books that have come out in many a year. And the movies seem to be getting progressively […]

Meet me down in Hogsmeade

Tuesday, August 16th, 2005

I have finally finished with my refresher reading course of the previous five Harry Potter books and am now ready to read book six. Due to this activity I am retiring the use of words like “lefties” and “moonbats” — this group will now be referred to as “Slytherins.” The parallels between the activities of […]

From Hell’s Heart I Oh forget it…

Friday, July 8th, 2005

Hi folks. Don’t know what’s wrong with me but I nearly conked out on my desk at work, and when I staggered home I was no good for anything but sleeping on the futon in the living room. I am applying restorative cups of tea, but I have the feeling that all that lies ahead […]

How Green Was My Bookshelf

Wednesday, June 15th, 2005

I don’t know if I have the time to write out the complete list of my favorite books of youth, but here is a culled list of the ones that mean the most to me:
The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings, of course.
Just about everything Andre Norton wrote, but standout works are: Moon of Three Rings, Exiles […]

Scenes from an Italian Blog

Wednesday, May 18th, 2005

While I attempt to jumpstart my nearly dead creative impulses, or whatever they are, I’ve been reading other peoples’ stuff. One blog you should all read (yes, you should all read it — I have spoken) is The Joy of Knitting. Here’s a sample:
If you want to see a p.c. person turn purple in less […]

Abbie Hoffman is still dead

Monday, March 28th, 2005

Kathy Shaidle reviews another book that I’ll be adding to my “don’t bother to read” list. Straight out of the 80s seems the attitude in The Gospel According to America: A Meditation on a God-blessed, Christ-haunted Idea. What a pretentious title! But it will stand out on the pile of new Best Sellers™ though people […]

Another piece of my childhood just crumbled

Thursday, March 17th, 2005

My favorite science fiction author, Andre Norton, died today. I shouldn’t be sad — at 93 she lived a good long life. Still. She pretty much influenced my writing, my reading, and my outlook on the world. Lots of bloggers are Heinlein babies; I’m a Norton baby. Side note: according to some of her interviews […]