The world isn’t getting worse. It’s getting better all the time. It’s just that in order for that to happen, we have to learn things about ourselves and about the world we’d prefer not to know.
An updated version of this essay appeared in my 8/16/16 Geek Love column at Tor.com. Mailing ListFacebookTwitterTumblr
Mailbag time….Your comment, both here and on Facebook, that it’s all about Caprica Six. I’m intrigued, and interested in hearing more, if you have time. I’m finding…… Read more “Caprica Six & The Rainmaker of Kiau Tchou”
The trouble with writing constantly about teenagers as though they are people is that they inevitably talk back, also as if they are people, and then you…… Read more “Bullying Followup #1”
I’ve gotten a lot of heat over the years for the things I say about bullying, because there’s not really an open entree to say everything I…… Read more “How It Gets Better”
I was going to do another pretentious religious post today but I had a great conversation with a friend tonight about the move from identifying with characters…… Read more “The 5 TV Characters You Are Way Too Close To”
I think it says something that most of these posts have begun with some variation on, “Here’s where I fucked up” or “What people don’t seem to…… Read more “Stopping At The Revelation”
Because of my work with Television Without Pity over the last decade, I’ve obviously seen a lot of the same recurring questions and complaints having to do…… Read more “Breaking Good: The Season Arc”
The hardest-won and most important lessons you learn tend to be the ones that become part of your firmware: You can come to posit or impute them…… Read more “What Is & What Should Be”
It is getting pretty hairy thinking about what it actually takes to be a musician or a songwriter in terms of this show Platinum Hit which I’m…… Read more “UNICORN SAUSAGE”
When I say, “I don’t really watch that much TV,” it never fails to get a laugh, because I can answer any TV question — things that…… Read more “…I Don’t Even OWN a TV”
– Suddenly, Last Summer by Tennessee Williams- Romeo Is Bleeding, screenplay by Hilary Henkin- Running With Scissors, directed by Ryan Murphy- The Devil Wears Prada, directed by…… Read more “MAMAN FATALE: Is Every Noir Woman Some Gay Dude’s Mother?”
SO. The strike is over, and everybody’s throwing these numbers around: episodes in the can, shortened season orders, lengthened season orders, production start dates, air dates, lots…… Read more “WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING TV”
– Charlie Wilson’s War, written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Mike Nichols- The Golden Compass, written by a committee of idiots, director: Chris Weitz- Southland Tales,…… Read more “No Futures: Before & After”
– Bug, starring Ashley Judd- Lars & The Real Girl, starring Ryan Gosling and Emily Mortimer- “Three Septembers & A January,” by Neil GaimanI saw Lars a…… Read more “When Sex Is Not Sex: Bug, Lars, and Comics”
Michelle Pfeiffer Originally uploaded by aeu1961 So after the third person asked me why I was so wound up last week about Stardust, I decided I would…… Read more “STARDUST: Putting The Fairy Back In Fairytale”
neil patrick harris (actor) Originally uploaded by JND90745 The only thing I care about less than the Emmys is the Oscars, firstly. The only awards that signify…… Read more “The Unrepentant Emmys”
john-wayne-gacy-clown Originally uploaded by triciatown …You get a lot of people’s cats, on Flickr. Why?The Reclamation of the Demonic is the other side of restoration of the…… Read more “When You Search For Gacy”
He goes, “They go to bed with Napoleon Dynamite, but they wake up with Jon Heder.”Don’t forget, he’s also just a boy, standing in front of you…… Read more
Liveblogging the ckOne Tenth Anniversary Event:ckwonderful!It is made of 100% lies.
No. Just no.There’s something really disconcerting about being yelled at by an entire city block. The architecture and the road itself rear up and scream things. This…… Read more “Road Trip: Vieux Carré.”
Anna: What are you up to right now?Me: In the next hour I will be getting in a Jeep or something with a drag king and two…… Read more “Road Trip: The Big Easy.”
This was a gift from my friend Brandi. Isn’t it awesome?
I made all this coffee and then everybody went to work and I HAD to drink all the coffee myself so now I’m crazy. Congratulations to me.…… Read more “Obligatory Electoral Hangover.”
Shirley: I will never read a Michener book again. However. I am glad that we read Hawaii, by James Michener, and here’s why: If you looked out…… Read more “Father Damian of Molokai.”
Thoughts on the new Beasties video.Thank god this isn’t that goddamned Ch-Check It Out song.Beasties are the Cher of crossover rap. It’s over. Go home and sit…… Read more
Well, I know one thing: Dick Cheney loves his daughter.All 3/5 of her.
The weird German Lady in the condo across the hall left today. She had a baby we never heard. The last thing she did before they left…… Read more “Maui Story”
The flight attendant on the plane said the following:When … uh… during your stay in Hawaii, on Maui, what we call “the Whistling Isle,” because of the…… Read more “Maui Story – Wheels Down”
Man 1: He says he’s over it.Man 2: Doesn’t matter. I’m not over it. Her response to the “River” video made me feel like a stupid little…… Read more “A Morality Play.”