Album Art Mash-up

Nate Bliss, whom I met at the STAPLE! table during Wizard World Austin last weekend, did a really cool album art mash-up by taking The Beatles album “Revolver” and populating…

The Living Structure Meme

If you want to prepare for a new and illustrious career for future, I would recommend bioengineering, since future ships and buildings will be living things. Paolo Bacigalupi’s “A Pocketful for…

Bovary and the Beatles

Near the end of Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert, in the translation by Geoffrey Wall, there is a line, describing Charles’s inability to cope with the loss of his wife:…

Rage against the Teacher

Wisconsin’s Supreme Court cleared the way for Scott Walker’s anti-union law to go into effect. At the same time, legislation against unions – namely teachers and firefighters – is spreading…

A Worthy Quote from Borges

From “The Immortal,” by Jorge Luis Borges, translated by Andrew Hurley: “I have noticed that in spite of religion, the conviction as to one’s own immortality is extraordinarily rare. Jews,…

It All Starts with Sturgeon, sort of…

Science fiction took a big step toward modernity (actually postmodernity) with Theodore Sturgeon’s  “Unite and Conquer,” which I read recently in the collection A Way Home. Within that story, the…

Sweat of (Something’s) Brow

There has been much criticism over the recent Supreme Court ruling in the case Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. Unfortunately, critics have a fundamental misunderstanding of what the Court…