Science as a Wedge

I remember, back in the day, there were always rumors about big colleges accepting more freshman than the school could handle – but then forcing these wide-eyed fledglings through an…

The Midwife Toad

I recently finished reading The Case of the Midwife Toad, by Arthur Koestler. It was a good book, definitely worth the read. The work focuses on the dispute between the…

The Mundane

We have lost our sense of the mundane. That was one of the great things about Philip K. Dick. He didn’t make science fiction about the Space Prince or the…

Snowmobiles of Doom

“Every generation wants to be the last.” That is one of the many mantras repeated throughout Lullaby (like I said before, Palahniuk’s literary strategies would fall flat from the pen…

Time out of step

Do you ever have one of those days when every step you take seems to take you further into a state of increasing unreality? You are one step out of…

The Plague of “Even”

A devil’s bargain in word processing is the quick-find option. David Lodge foresaw this curse in Small World, when his character Frobisher found, through an old-tyme computer, his unwitting penchant…

Character devolution

I have a tendency, some might call it a sickness, to make lists in my head. It brings order to the chaos – or at least the illusion of order…

Giving it away…

I guess posting complete stories online for anyone to see (which has always been the purpose of SpinachChin.com) devalues the work, at least according to Harlan Ellison. He posed the…