‘I Couldn’t Survive Without My Radio’

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Horace Pippin art, with slight Fennel alteration

I mostly know  LL Cool J’s “I Can’t Live Without My Radio” (which includes a line that is the title of this post) from a cover by the band Halloween Alaska. The cover focuses on the first part of Cool J’s song, before it kind of turns into a celebration of musical loudness as a form of social status. That dynamic can be quite annoying and also seems a bit too complicated for the indie rock music world (which tends to rarely be a part of the kind of urban environment such is prevalent in, so much as the element that supplants it). However, the first part is so amazing that it indeed works beautifully as its own thing — especially if you find it quite hard to function out there without a radio to make it more bearable. A radio or the equivalent of whatever lets you listen to something besides the natural soundtrack of a challenging life.

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From ‘Star Wars’ Back to Earth: Legacies & ‘Nobodies’

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Henri-Edmond Cross art

(Spoilers) I haven’t seen the new “Star Wars” yet, but I’ve let plot points be spoiled for me — things like Rey’s parents supposedly being “nobodies.” For some people, that’s disappointing. But I like the idea quite a lot — I suppose because legacies in fiction are often romanticized as being a far more noble thing than they are in the real world. Many of us would like to be part of a legacy, just to inherit “greatness” and its ensuing path. But mostly legacies are just an inheritance of privilege.

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Christmas and Sparseness

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Horace Pippin art

Christmas as it’s presented to us is very much an if-you’re-fortunate thing. Beyond any religious or consumerist connotations, I think Christmas can simply be about hope and good will. For some people, those things tend to not feel so omnipresent in their lives. If you’re struggling, Christmas can be sort of isolating — even as a holiday about hope and good will is as much (if not more so) for someone who’s struggling as anybody else. Continue reading “Christmas and Sparseness”

‘Huge step in the right direction for speculative fiction protagonists’

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Lena Finch art

There are a lot of things to like about this book, quirky characters, memorable themes, a good balance between new takes on vampire lore and honoring the original mythos – but I think what stands out to me most is the representation. Considering how popular vampires are in the media, it’s appalling how rare it is to see vampires of color. Doris fits into that category, but that’s far from her defining trait. She’s intelligent, caring, and a huge step in the right direction for speculative fiction protagonists.” From Cat Voleur’s spoiler-free review at https://indefenseofthehorror.wordpress.com/2017/12/08/book-promotion-late-night-partners

She runs a pretty cool blog in general, so check it out.

The Cold II: If It’s Something to be Proud of, Like It Yourself

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People are busy and not always able to make time to read as much as they might like — which doesn’t always quite bode well for a blog post. There are always many that nobody ever reads, let alone likes. If you’re the author of a post that you put a bit of your heart into, and if likes mean something to you (they certainly don’t have to),  like it yourself. Continue reading “The Cold II: If It’s Something to be Proud of, Like It Yourself”