Somnology!

Well, last chance to get harrowed. Come Wednesday, we’re going to begin our reading of The Kindly Ones. Mike Schilling will be doing the honors. (If you didn’t know, we’ve been reading Sandman. It’s *REALLY* good.) It has also come up that some wish to have a place where they can yell “DIBS!” I suppose…

Weekend!

Holy cow, is tomorrow Friday already? Indeed it is. I moved out here my senior year of high school. (I’m not complaining, I’m just saying.) I made a handful of very close friends but, as I’m sure you can guess, they told me stories about the close friends I might have made had I moved…

Somnology!

They asked if we ripped them. We said that we did. Eumenides? There. That’s as good as I could do on short notice. Get your copy of The Kindly Ones. It all comes down to this, after all. Schilling says that he’ll take on the first little 8-page story as well as the bigger chapter…

Calendar!

Back in the 90′s, I watched The X-Files. Every Friday Night, I knew that The X-Files was going to be on, and the only question was whether it’d be a new show or a rerun. It’s how I pretty much kept track of the week. “Is X-Files on tonight? No… it’s on the day after tomorrow. It must be Wednesday.” Well, this week at work, they had The Test From Heck and so they needed people to man the lab […]

Babylonia!

We’re back on track with our Eighth installment of the Babylon 5 Viewing Club! The introductory post was here, The Soul Hunter was covered here, and Born to the Purple was covered right here. After that was Infection. Then came The Parliament of Dreams. Following on its heels was Mind War.  Then, RTod covered War Prayer. Last week, Patrick recapped Sky Full of Stars! This week: Death Walker! (Dman does the honors.) You can watch it here. It’s very difficult […]

Sunday!

Well, I’ve been watching mostly Babylon 5 (which isn’t that interesting to talk about on a blog that’s watching Babylon 5 as a group) but also a couple of fan films from Fallout that are, seriously, *SURPRISINGLY* good. There’s Fallout: Nuka Break and, now the sequel, Fallout: Nuka Break – Red Star. If you’ve ever been in love with the Fallout Universe, you need to watch both of these and count the minutes until Fallout 4. Or 5. Or whatever […]

Saturday!

So I’m in The Last of Us. This is the game that’s getting all of the “Citizen Kane” awards from folks and I’m struck by how linear the storyline is. Maybe that’s the price to pay for this sort of thing… but, so far, it’s like hearing that they made a Citizen Kane Video Game, then made all of the action scenes interactive between walking scenes with dialog exposition. That’s not what made Citizen Kane Citizen Kane, guys. Which is […]

Walkin’ Jukebox And Open Thread

(This is a guest post from our very own Chris, cross-posted from Mindless Diversions!) Hello everybody, Chris again. When last we spoke, I was telling you about bus ridin’ and bus readin’, and my crazy money-savin’ schemes (read War and Peace and SAVE!). Today I’m back to tell you about another thing I do when…

Comment Rescue: A Priorism in Libertarianism

In Tod Kelly’s recent “mansplaining” thread, Shazbot posts the following: Yeah, the problem with extremely principled libertarianism is the a priorism of their reasoning. (As sometimes self-ascribed libertarian William Buckley famously charged.) I’ve been reading about this whole issue of a priorism in libertarianism and find it fascinating. I love this paper (editor’s warning:PDF) by Jeffrey…

In The First Circle Bookclub!

(Our kickoff post is here, and our discussion posts are here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.) Ah, the denouement. We’ve had some time to catch up, I hope (and if we fell behind schedule, I hope that the book held your interest enough to keep going despite the schedule). Over and over…

In The First Circle Bookclub!

(Our kickoff post is here, and our discussion posts are here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.) In 1974, Solzhenitsyn was arrested, deported to West Germany, and had his Soviet citizenship stripped. Apparently, the KGB found a manuscript of his for The Gulag Archipelago. I’m sure that there was some discussion of “what is…

The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon

The Russian Human Rights Group Memorial is a group devoted to documenting the excesses of Russia and the USSR’s Soviet past but, sometimes, they make criticisms of current excesses on the part of the modern-day government. NPR is reporting that the Russian Human Rights Group Memorial is under severe scrutiny from the government because Memorial…

The Appearance Of Impropriety

Spotted: @joshtpm @capehartj @ezraklein & other lefty columnists headed into the West Wing as a group. POTUS coffee? Carney meeting? Anyone? — Ari Shapiro (@arishapiro) May 21, 2013   The number one thing that I’m wondering is whether Josh Marshall, Ezra Klein, and Jonathan Capehart will be writing columns that all include a particular phrase…

In The First Circle Bookclub!

“Russia in fact no longer existed – Only the Soviet Union…” (Our kickoff post is here, and our discussion posts are here, here, here, here, here, and here.) Thanks to Living Colour, we’re all familiar with the phrase “Cult Of Personality“. I found myself wondering at the etymology of the phrase. Well, when it started,…

In The First Circle Bookclub!

(Our kickoff post is here, and our discussion posts are here, here, here, here, and here.) So we decided that we needed a week to breathe and so we’re taking this week as a week to catch up. In the meantime, here’s something I found while digging: it’s “a class project for Russian Literature 227”.…

Happy Mother’s Day!

Whether it be to humans specifically or to the more general category of entities who look up to you as the giver of food, affection, and sewage management, Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mommies out there!

In The First Circle Bookclub!

“When I say peacetime, I mean before Soviet power.” (Our kickoff post is here, and our discussion posts are here, here, here, and here.) One thing that gets mentioned a handful of times is “The Stalin Prize”. The official name for this was “The State Stalin Prize” and it got renamed to the USSR State…

In The First Circle Bookclub!

(Our kickoff post is here, and our discussion posts are here, here, and here.) Last week, we decided that we needed to take a week off to let everyone catch up to Chapter 48 – The Double Agent (Chapter 43, in the Red Version). In searching for various treatments of The First Circle, I really,…

Paris In A Day Jukebox and Open Thread

I’m pretty fundamentally a “staycation” guy, at heart, but this song makes me want to hop on a plane. My favorite part of the song is the “A thousand stairs up the Pompadou/We were gasping at the view” rhyme. That just makes me smile. Going anywhere this summer? Talk about it here. Or, heck, just…

In The First Circle Bookclub!

(Our kickoff post is here, and our discussion posts are here and here.) The story of how Solzhenitsyn edited The First Circle from the 96-chapter version (the black version) to the 87-chapter version (the red version) reads like distopian fiction as well. He wrote the book but had to do it in private, secretly. Despite writing it…

420 Weekend Jukebox And Open Thread

It’s theorized that this particular weekend will be bringing in hella tourists to both Colorado and Warshington to celebrate the first “legal” 4/20. The news reports I’m seeing out there for “Colorado 420 tourism” mention “thousands” of people coming here. Which, I suppose, is more interesting than “hundreds”. In any case, I stumbled across a…

In The First Circle Bookclub!

(If you haven’t yet, check out our kickoff post here, and our first discussion post here.) If you’re wondering what the Sharashka Marfino looked like, well, there it is. That’s a picture of it. Article 58 is what put the guys in the Sharashka in the first place. Well, most of them. If you’ve never heard…

In The First Circle Bookclub!

From each according to his ability, to each according to what is available. At the beginning of the essay in In The First Circle: A Novel (The Restored Text: The First Uncensored Edition) (henceforth “the black version”), there’s a short discussion about the change between the original censored version (henceforth “the red version”) and how it…