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JD Salinger, the reclusive author of Catcher in the Rye has died, 91. You know, I liked Catcher in the Rye. Not enough that it is my favourite book, or that it would make that list, but I liked it enough that I was always curious...

Alisa Krasnostein (girliejones) has purchased my story 'White Crocodile Jazz' for her upcoming anthology, Sprawl. Others in the book include Stephanie Campisi, Deb Biancotti, Simon Brown, Anna Tambour, Cat Sparks, and Kaaron Warren. Not such a bad way to start 2010. (Crossposted)...

Today I came across the story of the French Government banning hijabs (the scarves some Muslim women wear) under the notion that they are stopping equality. I think it's the first time I've actually heard of anyone banning something in the name of equality, but...

Today is the day that a people lost their country. I thought, earlier, that I might not write about that. I've had this blog for a long time now, and a lot of people have, no doubt, seen me write about Australia Day before. But...

Workshop went well, as these things usually do. One of the things I don't enjoy about teaching High School students is how much I have to pay attention to the boring books and films that they are forced to endure at school. If it's hard...

John Travolta and Scientology are going to Haiti. Scientologists have mobilized to seize on the promotional and recruitment opportunities presented by the horror going on in Haiti, and John Travolta has personally arranged to fly "volunteer ministers" to Haiti to inflict his junk science on victims...

Over at Tor.com, Jo Walton is engaged in a variation of the old argument of why science fiction is not respected: We’ve all probably had the experience of reading a great SF novel and lending it to a friend—a literate friend who adores A.S. Byatt and...

It appears that on Thursday and Friday I'm running a workshop. I hadn't gotten any confirmation about it, so I was glad I checked. At any rate, has anyone seen Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom? I came across it today and it has me...

In America, a televangelist is claiming that Haiti made a pact with the Devil. I'm not exactly sure why he, or anyone, would want to say such a thing right about now, but I doubt someone like Pat Robertson needs much in the way of compassion...

There's just something violent in this imagery of a giant, red candy cockerel in Russia being carved up by kids: And, to keep with my candy theme of the day, it appears that there's a documentary about a guy who invented a fancy jelly bean. Like in...