Lessons of History

July 18, 2017

Let’s see now . . . Russia needed a revolution because . . . wait a minute . . . it slipped my mind.  Let me think.  I’m sure it will come to me any second . . .

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Mr. Jones

July 17, 2017

What is practically the first thing I see in St. Petersburg? A monument to American naval hero John Paul Jones, that’s what.

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In St Petersburg

July 16, 2017

100 years after Lenin’s arrival, l make my own appearance at the Finland Station. Let’s get this party started.

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Lost in Transition

July 15, 2017

All sorts of things happened en route to Finland, though none of them actually happened to us. The problem was that very little actually happened once we got into the little commuter mini-jet to fly to Chicago, which was the first leg of a long-distance triad that was supposed to continue to JFK, and from […]

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Travel Time

July 11, 2017

I’m off to Helsinki and several weeks of traveling around the Baltic before the Worldcon. I’ll be checking in when I can.

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Literalize That Metaphor!

July 11, 2017

When I’m teaching at Toolbox, I talk about literalizing metaphors, but it’s always hard to come up with a concrete example of how that works. No longer.  I’ve watched Hotel Beau Sejour on Netflix. This ten-episode Belgian-made mystery series, with dialog in Flemish, opens with teenage Kato waking up in a hotel room, to discover her […]

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July 10, 2017

This morning the neighbor’s tree was covered in African cattle egrets, a breathtaking sight.  Since first appearing in the Rio Grande Valley forty-odd years ago, these migrants have multiplied and made themselves very much at home.  Their numbers seem to have increased greatly just in the last couple years. The neighbor was irrigating his alfalfa […]

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Tower of Dreams

July 8, 2017

So the other night I dreamed I was in the Tower of Definitive Editions, a giant structure literally built from the definitive editions of every book ever written.  There was some kind of mechanism that would pluck the book that you wanted from the structure without either damaging the book or destabilizing the tower.  (Maybe […]

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Stuff What I Have Seen

July 6, 2017

In the past weeks I’ve caught up with superhero stuff that you all no doubt saw ages ago.  I’d like to be more timely with reviews, but frankly my life is very, very busy right now, so I catch movies when I can. Dr. Strange.  I missed this during the burly-hurly of last year, which […]

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Birthday Twiddle

July 4, 2017

And another happy birthday, this time to the U.S. of A!  I’ll be enjoying the day with friends, eating all-American food, and enjoying patriotic music.  Apropos which, here is John Adams with a timely tune.

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