Calling the Fire Brigade

October 24, 2014

I see that Private John Steel is still hanging from the church steeple at Ste.-Mère-Église.  Can someone please cut him down?

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Aristotle

October 23, 2014

From the St.-Pierre church in Caen: a carving of Aristotle being ridden and flogged by Campaspe, the mistress of Alexander the Great. Perhaps the moral lesson intended by this carving is best left to the medieval imagination.

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On the Beach

October 22, 2014

Seventy years and several months ago, my dad was bouncing around in a small boat just off this inoffensive-looking beach, which was then covered with obstacles, burning ships and tanks, and a lot of dead soldiers.  My dad was ready to join Eisenhower’s great crusade, and though he didn’t land until three days after the […]

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After Monet

October 21, 2014

And the best thing was . . .  the public toilet was named after Marcel Duchamp. How perfect was that?

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Reflexes

October 20, 2014

The sad fact is, Henry spoiled us.  After ten days of Henry planning our travel, our meals, and arranging our public appearances, our travelers’ instincts had faded.  Thus, when catastrophe struck, we found ourselves with small resource. Yesterday we flew from Tel Aviv to Paris.  The plan was simple: we’d arrive at 11pm, clear customs, […]

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Jazzar

October 18, 2014

Henry and Daniela took us to Acco today, the ancient city known in Crusader times as St Jean d’Acre.  The old city is still surrounded by massive (mostly Ottoman) fortifications, and the huge stone headquarters of the Knights Hospitaller, with its vast echoing gothic halls and conspiratorial underground tunnels, still survives (mostly because it was […]

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Wikiday

October 15, 2014

It’s my Wikiday today, by which I mean the date given as my birthday in Wikipedia.  This date is not my actual birthday, and I’ve never corrected the error, firstly because errors in my biography make me seem more interesting than I actually am, and secondly, because the error makes it more difficult for people […]

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First Breathless Report

October 14, 2014

I’ve been extremely busy since arriving in Tel Aviv, racing off in one direction on sightseeing excursions, then dashing in another direction to participate in the Icon Festival. Everyone has been amazingly friendly and supportive, and my events have been well attended.  My signing had enough people to fill the hour, but not so many […]

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Let the Toolbox Roll!

October 14, 2014

The dates for next year’s Taos Toolbox have been set! The two-week master class for science fiction and fantasy will be held June 28-July 11, 2015, in Taos Ski Valley.  Nancy Kress and I will be teaching, with special lecturers Carrie Vaughn and Emily Mah Tippets. The application period begins December 1, 2014. Toolbox has […]

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First Glimpse of the Holy Land

October 11, 2014

It’s the Sacred Train of Savidor! Except it’s the Sabbath, so it’s not going anywhere.

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