The opening of a story that’s not going anywhere

It was only later, after the plates of our elaborate meal had been cleared, and twice more drink delivered by the exquisite Danda, that Arbotis began his tale. My host waited until she, with natural luminous grace, concluded the fire and sugar ritual bound to his libation, then he snatched it up. He immediately called…

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Mamas, Don’t Trust Your Ideas To Memory

"We can never remember the things we always forget." - Men Without Hats Even the best among you can't expect to remember every thing. A good rule of thumb is: if it seems like it's worth notice, it's worth remembering. And you're not going to remember it by tilting lampshades and wrapping an elastic around…

Why Blood Meridian Sucks

No! say it ain't so. Sure, I find great pleasure galore in the poetic prose of its pages, a textural, substantive satisfaction like A Clockwork Orange or Trainspotting... but it's ultimately a superficial immersion. The sights and sounds and smells and kills of the era convey swimmingly, and in the language the storytelling reflects the…

Why do Democrats still think that Trump is insane, evil, and a terrible president when there’s economic growth, more jobs, and record highs in the stock markets?

I can’t say for the evil part, but it’s not so much they see him as insane as they are suffering a sort of insanity themselves. Let me Marksplain. It’s a worldview thing, dating back to the early hilarity of godamutherufkn Donald Trump expressing political aspirations and then rising to the upper echelons of Republican…