Journal Media Reading

May 28 2020: Victorian Novels and Barbed-Wire Matches

May 28 2020: At this point in my life I don’t care about having a consistent public image. There’s no through line, no story thread. I’m not worried about keeping my interests themed or easily explainable. There’s no way to reconcile my love of both effete Victorian novels and barbed-wire matches, the most brutal form […]


May 18 2020: I’m Mostly Over Science Fiction

May 18 2020: I was having a conversation with the other day and realized that I’m mostly over science fiction. There was a time when I would gravitate toward anything that was even vaguely SF. I’d select a bad TV show about space ships and robots over a good one about anything else. It’s not […]

Journal Reading

May 17 2020: Literacy as Resistance

May 17 2020: People ask me why I spend so much time reading “old books”. They means classics, although sometime I think people see books in general as outdated technology. I’m retro! The truth is that I see literacy as resistance. Stating that I read, and that I read things that aren’t just light entertainment, […]

Reading The Merry Writer Writing

Read a Different Book Once a Year

Would you rather read the same three books for the rest of your life or be able to read a different book once a year in a genre you enjoy? If I’m reading this correctly, if my favorite genre is, say, science fiction, I could only read one science fiction book per year and never […]

The Merry Writer Writing

One Life That Lasts a Thousand Years

Would you rather live one life that lasts 1,000 years, or 10 lives that last 100 years each? Both sound awful. Part of me thinks that the continuity of a single life would have more advantages, though. You could continue to build on what you have, without having to repeat childhood and assorted learning curves. […]