The Great Debaters

I finally had the opportunity to see this movie. It’s marvelous. Not a lot of action–it’s a movie about intellectual pursuits. As a person who was on the debate team (yes, major geek) and who had a few teachers like the character Denzel Washington played, the movie was–oddly enough–a trip down memory lane. Since I watched it on DVD, I also got a chance to […]

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The Dude Abides

I’ve had a pleasant holiday weekend, but not a great one. So this afternoon, as I turned on NPR, I wasn’t in a bad mood, but I wasn’t in a great one. The first thing I heard was an analysis of the fictional character, The Dude, from one of my favorite movies (and definitely my favorite Cohen Brothers movie), The Big Lebowski. Here’s the NPR […]

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Every now and then, my mother’s old admonition, “You’re too young!” actually rings true. Even if in this case, it wasn’t so much youth as a lack of education. When I was in high school, Queen came out with their classic album Night at the Opera. (Yes, I’m that old.) I had it and listened to it incessently, as did most of my friends. We […]

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More on Science Fiction Short Fiction

The discussion has started, thanks to SF Signals short interviews on the state of short fiction. Jenn, the owner of indigocafe.com, has an interesting point, not just about science fiction, but about mainstream literature as well. Check it out here.

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Black Magic

It’s been an interesting week for me. I spent most evenings watching “Black Magic,” a documentary on the history of black players in basketball. The documentary is 4 hours long and worth every minute. I watched in segments because I didn’t have 4 hours in a row. I’ve been studying history all my life, with a focus on African-American (and Women’s) studies. Yet this is […]

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The State of SF Short Fiction

John DeNardo recently asked me to participate in the Mind Meld section of sfsignal.com. The question was about the state of short fiction in the sf genre. He asked several others as well, and he posted the answers here. It’s an interesting discussion, and I suspect it’ll inspire me to write an essay. But my initial response is amusement: the younger writers wrote pieces I […]

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Baen’s Universe

I had time to play on the site for Baen’s Universe today. Baen’s Universe is a full-fledged science fiction and fantasy magazine on the web. It costs $6 to read an issue or $30 to subscribe. I’d recommend a subscription. The magazine has excellent columns and some wonderful short fiction. You can also get podcasts of various stories. And the artwork is lovely. Go and […]

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The Night James Brown Saved Boston

On Saturday as I was driving to the grocery store, I heard a section of an NPR report on a documentary airing on VH1 about James Brown on the night after Martin Luther King was assassinated. The NPR story was interesting enough for me (who as Kris Nelscott wrote a book about the assassination [Dangerous Road]) to tune in. For those of you who weren’t […]

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August Rush

Last night, I watched August Rush. It’s a sweet little film, a fable about love and music and relationships. What struck me about the movie, however, wasn’t its sweetness or its charm. This is the first film I’ve ever seen that accurately shows what it is like to think musically. I was raised in a musical world. If you’d met me when I was in […]

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24

I suppose you figured out by my contribution to BenBella’s anthology on 24 that I am a fan. I watch the series on DVD, not on live television. I simply can’t watch fewer than 2 episodes in a setting (and sometimes 4). So I’ve just finished Season 6. Not the best season (that was Season 5, I think), but fun to watch nonetheless. And now […]

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