Ice Cream Taco

September 29, 2016

Saturday night I returned to the Plaza Mayor for more of Globalquerque!  Again the concert was preceded by Jambo’s reliable curried chicken, and by Santa Fe Brewery’s excellent porter. I also ate my first ice cream taco.  Which, for the record,  was enormous, a huge chunk of ice cream wrapped in a folded-over waffle.  Nothing […]

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Friday Night Lights

September 26, 2016

I spent two nights this last weekend at Globalquerque, our annual world music fiesta.  There were eighteen bands rotating on three stages, which meant there was always music being played somewhere, and because I was often somewhere listening to music, that meant I couldn’t be everywhere.  So I’m going to describe only what I saw and […]

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Another Formula

September 21, 2016

So former publishing person Jodie Archer and analyst Matthew L. Jockers have developed an algorithm to isolate features common in bestsellers, and will reveal their new formula in their soon-to-be- published work, The Bestseller Code. What does the algorithm (and the public) like? Young, strong heroines who are also misfits (the type found in The Girl on […]

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BoA Physics

September 17, 2016

Friend of the blog Michael Wester tells me that noted science foundation Bank of America has issued a report to its clients that there is a 20-50% chance we are living in a Matrix-style simulation.  (Where are my cool shades and shiny leather coat?)  The report cites Elon Musk, Neil de Grasse Tyson, philosopher Nick […]

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Beware the Black Spot!

September 14, 2016

Arya Stark puts her sword Needle to good use, here skewing every beauty product ad ever made.  

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Long Weekend

September 10, 2016

I’m up at the Ski Valley this weekend, soaking in that peaceful autumn high-mountain vibe.  My usual venue is closed, so I’m staying in a mountain chalet so retro that it has no wi-fi.  (Yeah!  I was surprised, too!) So unless I drive down to Arroyo Seco’s coffee house (as I just did), it’s unlikely […]

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Impersonations: The Excerpt

September 7, 2016

There’s a lengthy excerpt of my new Praxis novel Impersonations available at Please feel free to drop everything you’re doing and read it.

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Watch List

September 6, 2016

As you might have been able to tell from my last couple of posts, I’m getting a little grumpy about my entertainment options. Just look at TV.  We are really in television’s golden age, with dozens of channels programming 24 hours per day, and an unprecedented number of high-quality series on networks or available for […]

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Kings and Kings

September 4, 2016

Went off to “the historic” El Rey theater last night to see the Gipsy Kings.  (I won’t claim to have actually heard them.) I’m aware of the claim that rumba-flamenca is merely flamenco-lite, and I don’t care.   I like me that Afro-Peruvian-Aragonese-Andalucian-Havana-Provençal sound, so sue me. So I went to The King (El Rey) to […]

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Reviews in the Nick of Time: Stranger Things

September 3, 2016

Netflix’s Stranger Things has been widely appreciated for its deft appropriation of 1980s film and music (much of which is actually Seventies film and music, but nevermind), and one acquaintance of mine called it “the movie that Stephen King and Steven Spielberg never made.” I understand that people might enjoy a series that sort of name-checks […]

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