Anxiete and Inquietude


“Anxiete,” by Eugene Grasset, looks very copacetic.


Grasset’s “Inquietude” on the other hand … features a woman who looks like she might be slightly allergic to those yellow flowers. Continue reading “Anxiete and Inquietude”


Isaac and Dracula (Thoughts on Castlevania)

Public domain wiki-ness.

(This post contains spoilers about the second season of Castlevania)

Isaac checks the boxes for many of Castlevania’s sparser elements: one of only two humans on Dracula’s war council, one of only two human necromancers (or “forgemasters”), and of the show’s few characters of color, he’s the only one with a speaking part, really. Continue reading “Isaac and Dracula (Thoughts on Castlevania)”

Not All ‘Crazy’ Gets More Warmth than Cold

From James Ensor’s “The Drunkards”

“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” is a great show on a lot of levels, and it’s often lauded for its sensitive handling of someone with mental health issues. Though there’s so little TV fare offers that same quality, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” isn’t good just because of that. It’s a thoughtful show on more than a single level, and it’s funny. However, there is one aspect of it that’s sort of intrinsic to what helps Rebecca Bunch get through her struggles.  Continue reading “Not All ‘Crazy’ Gets More Warmth than Cold”

Spaceship as Life Raft

spaceship2publicdomainThat utopian future Star Trek is based on?  A lot of people are wistful for the kind of idealism it represents, but with all the hurdles to even a semblance of a utopia, it’s hard to think such a notion isn’t perhaps a bit too fluffy. Continue reading “Spaceship as Life Raft”

Blu-post and Haiku

Paul Klee’s art

An author whose work I like recently had a blog post about how writers don’t need to blog. I agree. It’s really not going to do anything for your work, but I guess I think it can be somewhat incidental — kind of like the extras on a blu-ray (Spellchecker would have capitalize the ‘b’ in ‘blu-ray,’ but raspberries to that).

I also figure themes one revisits frequently in their work are worth ruminating on in blog-form. As well as stuff that’s like a slightly more expansive haiku — a genre of which this entry is already ‘War and Peace’-sized in comparison with.  And now, why not a bit of actual haiku?

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Reality and Not an Ounce of Stillness

Robert Spencer art

I don’t watch enough reality TV to think too much about it (even outside of a novel I wrote that explored it), but I recently found myself watching a bit and thinking about what I’ve never seen in the format. Continue reading “Reality and Not an Ounce of Stillness”