Nicholson Baker talks about politics and Checkpoint, his as-yet-unreleased controversial novel about assassinating George W. Bush.
Speaking of politics, Jeff Vandermeer speaks out on Sudan (links to recent news) which has 30 days to stop killing.
Borges again: "Book of Imaginary Beings" and (a repeat) "Book of Sand"
Christoper Rowe agrees with Barry Lopez that maps are bunk but let's hope for Gwenda Bond's sake, if not literature's, he finds his way back home.
Tobias Buckell discusses the end of postmodernism, using science only when it suits postmodern purposes.
Dealing a blow to the more pie-in-the-sky SF, Stephen Hawking "says he was wrong"--oh, the blasphemy of science (from the NY Times):
Famed astrophysicist StephenHawking said... that black holes... do not destroy everything they consume but instead eventually fire out matter and energy "in a mangled form...."
How can black holes destroy all traces of consumed matter and energy... when subatomic theory says such elements must survive in some form? ...black holes hold their contents for eons but themselves eventually deteriorate and die. As the black hole disintegrates, they send theirtransformed contents back into the infinite universal horizons from whence they came.
Previously, Hawking... held out the possibility thatdisappearing matter travels through the black hole to a new parallel universe. "There is no baby universe branching off... The information remains firmly in our universe.... there is no possibility of using black holes to travel to other universes," he said. "If you jump into a black hole, your mass energy will be returned to our universe, but in a mangled form, which contains the information about what you were like, but in an unrecognizable state.''
Anna Feruglio Dal Dan wrote about depression post-Clarion. Nathalie Chicha keeps a regular blog on depression and literature. I got depression post-Clarion, too, but not due to Clarion. Having attended medical school for a time, I discovered doctors do not understand depression (one doc, for instance, taught an entire class that depression is the same as bi-polar disorder; another described it in terms of a terminal case of metasized cancer). If you want to understand it, read widely and read deeply. Don't rely on any one source.Stephen King seems to be a topic for conversation (strangely, I'd been reading his short work to respond to Morris on the state of the horror ghetto within the speculative ghetto):
Matt Peckham is blogging out his critical view of the Dark Tower series: Preface, Salem's Lot.
Matt Cheney and Dan Green weigh in, and Cheney points to a review by Elizabeth Hand.
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