Friday finds

Doonesbury stays as timely as ever, doesn’t it? Back then, it was the stem cells keeping Dubya awake; now it’s Kanye West, but the creepy disassociation from reality remains the same, and Garry Trudeau nailed it. For a comic strip to have been so consistently good while remaining surprising and unpredictable is amazing, and this appreciation by Garry Wills gets at all the reasons why.

Cat Stevens or Yusuf Islam — he’s still a theocratic creep.

Before you send out that fantasy manuscript, run it past this Fantasy Novelist’s Exam.

Allen Barra correctly praises Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove as the great American Western, and correctly downgrades the overrated Cormac McCarthy and Blood Meridian. But what about John Williams and Butcher’s Crossing?  What about Frederick Manfred and the “Buckskin Man” cycle? I’ll take Lord Grizzly or Conquering Horse over Ghost Town or Welcome to Hard Times.

This is sick.

Wanna hear Gilgamesh read in Babylonian? Here you go.

Podcast alert! An excellent conversation with Noam Chomsky, the American Socrates. From fanboy to filmmaker: a talk with Joe Dante, director of The Howling, Gremlins, and The Hole. The natural history of the unicorn.

The 100 Greatest Horror Movie Quotes, as compiled by Harry Hanrahan. I was pleased to see my favorite lines from Hellraiser, John Carpenter’s The Thing, and the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. And The Haunting — classy! All that’s missing is the conversation between Herbert West and Dr. Hill’s head in Re-Animator.

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  1. Joseph Zitt says:

    I’m relieved that the Fantasy Novelist’s Exam doesn’t hit The Book of Voices hard. I do get somewhat of a Get Out of Jail free card since it’s not really a novel. But i get dinged on the Names of More Then Three Syllables test, since two key characters are Elisheva and Aspaklarya.

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