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    777 challenge I’ve been tagged by Jenn (Bishop) Barnes in the 777 Challenge. Writers challenge writers to post the first full seven lines Read More →

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    A community speaks On September 24, over 120 Muslim scholars, academics and religious authorities released a open letter addressed to the “fighters Read More →

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    Ancillary Justice In which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out Read More →

777 challenge

I’ve been tagged by Jenn (Bishop) Barnes in the 777 Challenge. Writers challenge writers to post the first full seven lines of the seventh page of his or her work in progress, starting seven lines down. My work-in-progress is the second book in a speculative fantasy, tentatively titled Fountain of Dark: Fir and his brothers are slave warriors
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A community speaks

On September 24, over 120 Muslim scholars, academics and religious authorities released a open letter addressed to the “fighters and followers” of the so-called Islamic State. Among the signatories are Sheikh Shawqi Allam, the grand mufti of Egypt, and Sheikh Muhammad Ahmad Hussein, the mufti of Jerusalem and All Palestine. The letter is dense and
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Ancillary Justice

In which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.” “(As a troop carrier), I sat, as I had sat for most of my two-thousand-year existence in one system or another, feeling the bitter chill of vacuum outside my hull, the
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Stylish sentences

In which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.” “A precious performance, Blaine had called it, in that gently forbearing tone he used when they talked about novels, as though he was sure that she, with a little
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Eating the archives

In which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.” “(The genealogist lost in the archives was discovered) almost miraculously, after a week, starving, thirsty, exhausted, delirious, having survived thanks to  the desperate measure of ingesting enormous quantities of
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About a Girl: To ‘Liesel’ in Gaza

Of all of the images of the destruction being visited upon Gaza and Israel, why did the picture of a girl retrieving her books from the rubble stop me cold? The image was originally posted, as far as I can tell, by the Palestinian Information Center soon after Israel’s bombing began. As the world knows,
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Sunday sentence

In which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.” “(Vampires) are back now, after all — raised from the grave with the voodoo of paleogenetics, stitched together from junk genes and fossil marrow steeped in the blood of sociopaths
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Sunday sentence

In which I participate in David Abrams’s “Sunday Sentence” project, sharing the best sentence I’ve read during the past week, “out of context and without commentary.” “On maps, (the Bone Road) was marked by sailors’ skulls, wide-mouthed monsters, mermaids with ice-white hair and the deep black eyes of seals.” Siege and Storm (Book #2 in
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Honoring a torture architect

Of course, John Yoo has a right to speak in support of torture. Of course, students should be allowed to listen — or not — to his arguments and make up their own minds. But a university should not be honoring a torture architect with an endowed faculty chair. But that’s exactly what Boalt Law School
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Sunday sentence

  “Nothing that lived or breathed was truly objective — even in a vacuum, even if all that possessed the brain was a self-immolating desire for the truth.” Jeff Vandermeer, Annihilation   Related articles Review: Annihilation, Jeff Vandermeer The Big Idea: Jeff VanderMeer Jeff VanderMeer’s ANNIHILATION: Addictive New Weird!
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