Category Archives: Ruminations

Whimsical and unspecified maunderings

Cash on the Barrelhead? Maybe Not

A few months ago I posted on Facebook about a strange occurrence at the Peet’s Coffee closest to me. I buy coffee beans there. More than half the time – probably seventy-five percent of the time –I pay cash. Maybe … Continue reading

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Shadow of the Crow.

When I say that I’m superstitious, some friends snort or roll their eyes. This is because in large swathes of my life I am practical and try to take a rational approach to problem solving. I will look for a … Continue reading

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The Role of the Broker

Over at Fanlit, we frequently do giveaways. Most review sites do this. Often we work with publishers to give away new books, which the publishers like because it juices up the buzz about the book. This means working with publicists … Continue reading

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Whitewash

There’s been a lot of internet talk lately about whitewashing. In this context, it means taking a character, story, trope or hero from a culture and recasting it as a white character or a white story. Here is a definition … Continue reading

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The Magicians: You Don’t All Get A’s, But You Passed the Final

I wasn’t sure about The Magicians, the Syfy fantasy series based on Lev Grossman’s trilogy. As you know, I am dubious of Syfy’s quality, even when they don’t actually produce the show (which they usually do not). The quality of … Continue reading

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US Soccer and the Women’s Team: Treat Them Like the Champions They Are

“I don’t want to use the word ‘deserve’ in any of this.”–Sunil Gulati, President of the US Soccer Federation “Yeah, dude, and I can see why.”–Marion Deeds Sunil Gulati, President of the US Soccer League, also told Sports Illustrated that US … Continue reading

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Integration?

This isn’t a story, it’s a passage. I found it when I was cleaning out—throwing out – tons of old notebooks, notecards, bookmarks, folders, pamphlets and pencil stubs that I’ve kept for decades in case I might need them sometime. … Continue reading

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The Great Curate Debate

I’m unleashing the inner curmudgeon today. My topic: curating. Last week as my writing friend Sue and I were driving back from Benicia I talked about the column I write for Fantasy Literature, World Wide Wednesday. It is an internet … Continue reading

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Thirteen Things I’m Thankful For; 2015 Edition

1–I’m thankful for my feet. They aren’t special, or especially pretty, but they’re always there for me. I walk, although not as much as I could, and when I’m at the bookstore I’m usually on my feet. They put up … Continue reading

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Mercury Retrograde

“Mercury retrograde” is an expression that has burst the bonds of conventional western astrology and become almost a commonplace term. It’s so common that people do a reverse-inference now; if electronic communication devices aren’t working, if satellites go down, if … Continue reading

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