A post from Monica Byrne on “Wired”

From Monica Byrne’s blog A month ago, with the Hugo fracas in full swing, an editor at Wired wrote me and said, “If you have something to say, you have the platform.” Given Wired’s enormous readership, what an incredible thing. I wrote the piece in an afternoon, they put it up, and it did well.
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Flame Wars

  I’ve rarely witnessed a fist fight between neighbors. Yet some days I feel like we fight constantly. Instead of using our fists, we battle with the words typed into that little email square we send off to the listserv. Sticks and stones seem somehow quaint in comparison to the vitriol that seeps though my
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Comey and the Holocaust

FBI director James Comey has caused a dust up between the United States and Poland with a recent opinion piece in the Washington Post (and reprinted in the Raleigh News and Observer). Titled “The most frightening lesson from the Holocaust,” Comey calls the Holocaust “the most significant event in human history. And I mean ‘significant’
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The uriniferous lair

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.” Not being paid an administrator’s exalted salary, I have no intention of violating the sanctum of his uriniferous lair in order to do anything corrective, and it occurs to me that this
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The plague

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.” There’s no cure for the hungry plague, but in the end the plague becomes its own cure. M.R. Carey, The Girl with all the Gifts   Related articles The Girl with
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Oval Park Pensieve

I live a half block from Oval Park, one of Durham’s little jewels. The park is split in two by West Club Boulevard. To the south are a battered tennis court, a basketball hoop and a picnic shelter. To the north lies the playground and a small baseball field. Both sides are shaded by loblolly
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The Torture Monkey

(from the April issue of Sojourners) There’s no better sequel to the Senate Select Intelligence Committee‘s executive summary of the torture report than Mohamedou Ould Slahi‘s just-published Guantánamo Diary (Little, Brown and Company). This harrowing tale is but one of what will someday be many direct accounts by victims. Originally from Mauritius, Slahi, 45, was
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The Final Silence

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.” “What use was a prayer?” Stuart Neville, The Final Silence Related articles 2015 Edgar Award Nominations Revealed A cache of crime writers Traveler’s Guide to Belfast, Ireland
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Mickey Choate

I was traveling when the news arrived. Mickey Choate, my literary agent, had died suddenly. As his wife, Laurel, later explained to me, this long-time runner and life-long non-smoker had been diagnosed with lung cancer. The disease was brutal and quick. He was 52. Along with Laurel, he’s mourned by his children, family, friends, colleagues
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Finding my North Carolina roots

In 1993, I was a reluctant transplant to the Triangle. Born and raised in Chicago, I considered myself a big-city girl. I’d lived in Mexico City, San Francisco and Lima, Peru. Several times, I’d talked my way into – and out of – Peruvian prisons run entirely by inmates who considered Americans lower than stray
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