Monthly Archive: May 2014

The Isla Vista Shootings

I don’t usually write about political or social issues, but the shootings last Friday night won’t leave me alone. I think the worst part of it for me is that I am no longer surprised, shocked, or even outraged by such events; they have become something that happens, like thunderstorms or earthquakes. I have accepted …

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The Hotel as Metaphor for Cultural Oppression

Last weekend was the SFWA Nebula Awards Weekend, packed with all sorts of interesting stuff. I went to several panels on writing (including one on writing about spies!), was on a panel myself about diversity, sat in on the mass autograph session with Nalo Hopkinson on my left and Linda Nagata on my right, and …

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“Should Writers ….?”

Today’s Grouchy Blog Post is brought to you by the following tweet: In new Bookends, Daniel Mendelsohn and Leslie Jamison on whether critics can also be good novelists: — New York Times Books (@nytimesbooks) May 6, 2014 To which question I shout the lawyer’s answer: IT DEPENDS!! I am getting kind of tired of …

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