Kinship with Losers

I love the Olympics, even if they are an economic, social and political nightmare. When I was younger, I used to marvel at the sheer and shining brilliance of the three athletes on the medal stand. Whichever three athletes; whichever three medals. The sport didn’t matter. Mastery mattered. Those three athletes who triumphed above all […]

Another School Shooting

Yet another mass shooting in an American high school. That’s eight in the first seven weeks of 2018. Facebook is torn up with people pressing their hopes and prayers for the family while chastening anyone who suggests there are actual solutions to curb some of this violence. My own senator has tweeted his thoughts and […]

Menagerie: Our History Told in Dogs

My house used to be a menagerie. Five dogs living, more or less, in harmony. You learned to overlook the occasional outburst from grumpy Bella, so full of fiesty swagger she picked on Sunny, a dog twice her size. Bella went blind and learned humility late in life. Better late than never. Five dogs is […]

Artemis by Andy Weir | Book Review

Artemis by Andy Weir My rating: 2 of 5 stars Mildly entertaining near-future engineer fiction wrapped in a caper and then dipped in a half-baked survival story set on the moon. Like The Martian, a nerd uses her science powers to solve increasingly complicated scenarios in order to survive. Unlike The Martian, I didn’t care […]

The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey | Book Review

The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey My rating: 4 of 5 stars Much more than a zombie story, M.R. Carey’s The Boy on the Bridge blends science fiction and horror themes into a legit work of character-driven contemporary literature with insightful things to say about the human condition. The characters are complex and […]