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Laura Anne Gilman, Silver on The Road

Cover of Laura Anne Gilman's Silver on the Road

One of the things I most love about Laura Anne Gilman’s fantasy/paranormal books is the way she takes folklore and myth and makes it her own, rendering the familiar into something new and strange, but at the same time, coherent and consistent. She excels at world building. I think Silver…

Western Wind

Western wind, when will thou blow? The small rain down can rain. Christ, if my love were in my arms, And I in my bed again! Anonymous; British Library Royal Appendix 58 c. Early Sixteenth Century “Western Wind” (or “Westron Wyde” as the ms. has it) is an anonymous lyric…

Elsewhere for February 18, 2017

You should read this for 2/19/2017 :An encouraging thought, life in crystal, of the making of ebooks there is no end; we just need a better way to read, stories with Picts, and twice-baked cookies. Green Shoots (even in the Whitehouse Via The Christian Science Monitor: Microbes that once slumbered…

Elsewhere for February 11, 2017

You should read this for 2/12/2017: Compassionate Canadians, Looting Qumranians, Linguistically undermining evil, Bots fight back, She Persists, and Pho Quebec City Imam’s Profoundly Magnanimous Eulogy Includes White Gunman in List of Victims Excavations in a cave on the cliffs west of Qumran Prove that Dead Sea scrolls from the Second…

Activism and Making Your Vote Count

Contacting your legislators, your Representatives and Senators is both a privilege and a right. It’s also particularly important. I’ve created a page with some US Activism and Engagement Resources to help you contact your elected officials to let them know what’s important to you. Your opinion is important, no matter what…

Elsewhere for February 5, 2017

You should read this for 2/5/2017:  Protection for priests, clams, and refugees, and sauce for chimney Sweepers who eat steak People and Companies Matching ACLU Donations. Secret Room in UK Mansion Tied to King James I Assassination Attempt On the Pacific Northwest coast, indigenous groups are reinvigorating the ancient practice…

Elsewhere for January 29, 2017

You should read this for 1/29/2017: The Wisdom of Jobs, thank your foremothers, it’s not always the Others, and cauliflower can be tasty.  Note: We’ve Placed Trumpery in an Isolation Section at the End You know what… Take my $1.37… I want my PBS. Take my $.46… I am all…

Elsewhere for January 22, 2017

You should read this for 1/22/2017: You are what you read, the other Washington remains a beacon of hope, progress and opportunity for all, the cake is a lie, grace all the way, you voted for him, you fix him, and thighs are the way to go. Via The New York…

Elsewhere for January 15, 2017

You should read this for 1/15/2017: Just five books, please, ones that the Suck Fairy hasn’t visited, whales in their crone phase, horses know how to train humans, humans feeding other humans, humans removing health care from other humans, and everything you need to know about cooking beans. Five Books: The…

Elsewhere for January 8, 2017

You should read this for 1/08/2017:Acknowledging community history in Australia; poorly conceived test questions, 💩🔥💰’s avalanche of cleansing, and Baked beans from Maine What Does It Mean to Acknowledge the Past? “Gathering together to listen to speeches and watch performances is one way civilizations share values. These events can foster…

Elsewhere for January 1, 2017

You should read this for 1/01/2017: Chrismakkah, practical rebellion against evil, food and politics, and it’s ok to omit records if you’re Jeff. Medievalist David M. Perry on The GOP Theocracy: Xmas vs Hanukkah Statements “The King isn’t Trump to my reading. It’s still a dangerous statement.” Via Matthew d’Ancona…