Litstack Recs: Fear: Trump in the White House & The Bone Clocks

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Fear: Trump in the White House, by Bob Woodward It’s been called a bookend to the Nixon story, a tale of hubris, an account akin to a ticking clock. Of Bob Woodward’s Fear, George Packer wrote in the New Yorker, the book “belongs on a shelf with the literature of mad kings, next to Robert [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – On Paul Virilio, Integral Accidents, the Internet, the Olympics, Doctor Who, Feral Kittens and Not Going to Sea Without a Life Jacket

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Recently, I read Elan Mastai’s novel All Our Wrong Todays, and in it he referenced cultural theorist Paul Virilio, who championed the idea of the “integral accident.”  This belief basically states that every time you introduce a new technology, you also introduce the accident of that technology. Therefore, while the benefit of a new thing [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Planting Flowers

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  This translated political cartoon by Spanish artist JM Nieto simply resonates with me. It originally appeared on January 1 for the Spanish newspaper ABC.es (where Mr. Nieto posts daily) with the caption, “Empecemos el año con optimismo” (translation: “Let’s start the year with optimism”). Me? I have no doubt that 2017 is going to [….]

LitStack Review – Icon by Genevieve Valentine

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Icon Genevieve Valentine Saga Press Release Date:  June 28, 2016 ISBN 978-1-4814-2515-5 ~ * ~ Welcome to diplomacy.  Adapt or die. There is something about Genevieve Valentine’s writing that I find… incredibly fetching.  While many authors compose stellar narratives and strikingly compelling prose, she is one of the few who creates worlds where the audience [….]

LitStack Review: Persona by Genevieve Valentine

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Persona Genevieve Valentine Saga Press Release Date:  March 10, 2015 ISBN 978-1-4814-2512-4 Oh, my! I didn’t really know what to expect from Genevieve Valentine’s third novel, after reading and enjoying her 2014 book, The Girls at the Kingfisher Club.  That one was a sensitive, somewhat nostalgic retelling of the Brothers Grimm fairytale of “The 12 [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Extra Innings: How Do You Play the Game?

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It’s not whether you win or lose It’s how you play the game. From 2004 until 2010, Nick Punto played for the Minnesota Twins (he now plays for the Dodgers, after a stop in Boston and another in St. Louis, where he won a World Series ring).  A utility infielder, he was a favorite of [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Letting Our Words Speak Volumes

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(I am constantly marveling at the power our words have, beyond just ourselves.  This is an updated version to an essay I had posted elsewhere a while ago, but lately I have felt compelled to share it again.) I have to laugh when I read a letter to the editor in the local newspaper or [….]

Shakespeare on Politics

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Via The Huffington Post: From the adage-filled tragedy Hamlet to the pastoral comedy As You Like It, the Bard’s plays are veritable gold mines of advice for politicians — and the body politic. With tomorrow being election day, the candidates may want to look to Shakespeare for their last minute campaigning speeches.  Check out the [….]