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Community’s “Ladders” and Constant Creativity
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Community’s “Ladders” and Constant Creativity

You thought Community was dead, didn’t you?  The show has been written off several times because it requires a little more of the audience than just staring at a screen.  You  never need to worry about Kardashians going away: See?  You don’t even have to move your eyeballs!  You don’t learn anything!  Your mind and … Continue reading »

GWS Advocatus Diaboli: Is the Writing Community Now in its Purge Phase?
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GWS Advocatus Diaboli: Is the Writing Community Now in its Purge Phase?

We’ve all read Ryan Boudinot’s cri de coeur in The Stranger.  We’ve all read or participated in Facebook discussions about the piece. There have been many responses. I don’t agree with everything the gentleman said, but I’ve been a little surprised by the homogeneity of the response.  (Salon‘s Laura Miller offered a guarded defense of Boudinot’s thoughts.)  Most … Continue reading »

Leonard Nimoy and Infinite Creativity in Infinite Combinations
Television Program

Leonard Nimoy and Infinite Creativity in Infinite Combinations

As anyone who knew me as a youngster can attest, I grew up in a haze of solitude and nerdiness.  Not this nouveau nerdy, the kind where a person as attractive and as popular as Kaley Cuoco claims to be a huge geek because she likes The Big Bang Theory.  I was honest-to-goodness, all-my-time-alone-in-my-room nerdy.  Many of … Continue reading »

Mercedes Lawry’s “Neurologically Speaking” and Jumping Off From a Quotation
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Mercedes Lawry’s “Neurologically Speaking” and Jumping Off From a Quotation

“Neurologically Speaking,” by Mercedes Lawry (first appeared in Issue 6 of elsewhere) Poems from Superstition Review, a brief interview in Agave Magazine.) This (very) short prose work begins with a quotation from Louis Pasteur.  Ms. Lawry uses Pasteur’s words as a jumping-off point for what appears to me to be a look at how Ms. Lawry believes her mind … Continue reading »

Damien Angelica Walters’s “Requiem, for Solo Cello” and How to Solve the Problem of Short Short Fiction
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Damien Angelica Walters’s “Requiem, for Solo Cello” and How to Solve the Problem of Short Short Fiction

“Requiem, for Solo Cello,” by Damien Angelica Walters (first appeared in Issue 69 of Apex Magazine) Interview with Shimmer, From Strange Horizons: “The Serial Killer’s Astronaut Daughter” I’ve written before about the challenges posed by the popularization of short short fiction.  As I pointed out then, there’s nothing inherently inferior about any medium.  Genres and forms are like tools; they … Continue reading »