The gift of sleep is again mine! After two nights of sleep, I’m dancing around the house with energy and joy, feeling again up to the challenges of my To Do list. Twice a year the calculus of light in
This year seemed ominously different when the fall episode of my malady struck a month early. Had something new developed in my postmenopausal brain chemistry? (There’s nothing like going through menopause to teach one just how mysterious are the workings of hormones.) But last weekend I realized that the cloud cover this year has been more like a typical November’s than a typical October’s. And I also recalled how the worst case I’ve ever had of my semi-annual insomnia ended with a three-day family visit in
So now I’m catching up. Here are a few items worth noting:
*Niall Harrison appreciates the short fiction of the talented Rachel Swirsky, who often blogs here and was my student at Clarion West in 2005.
*Jeff VanderMeer appreciates Kelley Eskridge’s Dangerous Space.
*Richard Labonté says in his review of Dangerous Space in his column Book Marks (distributed through the Q Syndicate): “This is the kind of art that the word "queer" fits perfectly. The stories aren't specifically lesbian, and they're not specifically gay, but they render any sexual preference wondrously possible.”
*The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) and Free Press unveils evidence that, despite mounting pressure from the public and the Federal Communications Commission, television stations continue to air fake news.
*The National Lawyers Guild calls for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the Bush administration's authorization of aggressive interrogation techniques, including simulated drowning known as water boarding, exposing detainees to frigid temperatures, and head-slapping. Yes, I know this will lead exactly nowhere---for the moment. But we have a desperate need of voices willing to speak truth to power, to insist that the methods, values, and objectives of the Bush Administration are both unconstitutional and morally unacceptable.
*In another story, a despicable piece of work who used his role as priest to assist the Junta’s torture and murder of dissidents in