January 18th, 2003

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Poem for Saturday

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From today's Washington Post...

My son's best friend is from New Zealand; his father works for their military and is in the U.S. for another several months, the end of a three-year assignment. The kids were playing together and I spent the afternoon talking to the mother about how the U.S. is perceived abroad and bilingual education and colonialism and why 30 percent of American boys are diagnosed with ADHD and related disorders. Interestingly, both my sons' best friends for the past two years were not born in this country, and my best local new friends were not born in this country. I wonder how that affects my perspective on things. I think they think I do an awful lot of complaining about my government in front of them, which is probably true -- I offended one of them by dissing the royal family, which I tend to think of more like Hollywood than as a government institution. But they don't do much dissing of their parliaments, whereas I am only too happy to put forth my opinion of many of the idiots in Congress.

Tonight I watched Bravo Two Zero. Sean Bean was quite amazing in it and it felt creepily timely, listening to the opening and the allegations about Iraq and a Bush in the White House. Wondering if I will wimp out on marching if it's as cold tomorrow as it is today -- I get sinus headaches when my head gets really cold. We had originally planned to go to New York to visit my sister this weekend, so I hadn't planned to go. Not sure what I will do now.
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Saturday Night Blather

Here is my review of Michael Chabon's Summerland for GMR. I'm proud of this one. Well, I was proud of my Indian Runner review too. It is much easier to review things that are really good, and that I really love, than things that are mediocre...

Speaking of which, I learned this week that I will be losing my Andromeda reviewing gig at SlipstreamWeb because the site is shutting down. I have very mixed feelings about this from a number of standpoints. There's my professional reaction in the current terrible freelance market that I am sorry to lose a job, any job. Then there's my fannish reaction that I am sorry to lose what was always the liveliest Andromeda site around. But I rarely even glanced at the Slipstream BBS because there were so many vicious, nasty fans there, and I continue to be frustrated by the show, which has never lived up to its potential and has suffered from wildly uneven writing since the beginning. On the other hand, it has two of my favorite female characters in sci-fi, five actors whose work I greatly enjoy (including the much-maligned Kevin Sorbo), and enough humor and pathos to keep me tuning in even when the scripts are lousy. On a gut level I still enjoy it more than Enterprise and much more than the last several seasons of Voyager.

What's your Inner European?

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Now this really surprised me -- I thought I'd be Parisian! I have fallen in love with a number of Irish people in my life, but I don't particularly identify with the Irish beyond the commonalities between the Irish and Jewish immigrant experiences on this side of the Atlantic. And other than Joyce being my favorite of the listed authors, I didn't think I answered anything with a particularly Gaelic slant!

Back for a moment to Summerland -- I think we need to create a REAL Fantasy Baseball League. Nine Princes in Amber vs. the U.S.S. Voyager senior officers. The Fellowship of the Ring vs. the 1947 Roswell Grays. The Field of Dreams Dead All-Stars vs. the Devil's Damn Yankees. That sort of thing.