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The Life-Cry of Don De Lillo’s Ratner’s Star

The novel Ratner’s Star was pitched to me, in the few outlets that have posted their reviews of the text online, as a Menippean satire, a work that is usually in prose, multi-perspectival, in that it makes ideology or interior mental states targets of fun rather than individuals, and I can’t conjure a third trait to complete the Rule. 452 more words

Oz - a chain of thoughts

Meteorologists are agog with the news. Multiple models line up to predict a significant outbreak of tornadoes tonight. I live in the predicted path. There’s been a buzz around here about the weather today. 794 more words

The Universe Doesn't Care About Your Problems

Life throws us a lot of curveballs. Most of these are purely societal based, however. But nothing is permanent. You are not your finances. You are not your debt. 586 more words

Poetry

A mad man with a blog

I loved Doctor Who long before the eleventh Doctor told Amy Pond “I am definitely a madman with a box”.

Something about that line, spoken in Smith’s opening episode The Eleventh Hour, touched a chord with me. 456 more words

Doctor Who

Playing with block quotes

“Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.”

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