Wednesday, January 25, 2012

How Some Atheists Make It Harder For Themselves

The Graham Norton Show tonight.
Rapper 50 Cent is invited to share his history with the audience. Urged on by the host he tells us how he was born to a teenage, drug-dealing mother in one of the poorest & meanest neighbourhoods of America, how he never knew his dad, how his mother was murdered at 23, how he followed in her footsteps and how, by age 12, had become a drug dealer.
Then he talks about the birth of his son and how it profoundly pushed him to move in the right direction (as opposed to his mother, who used his birth to move in the wrong one). He speaks of giving up the criminal life, taking up music seriously and signing up with a top record label. Then he describes getting shot 9 times. And surviving.

When asked what saved him, 50 Cent says it was god.

To which the other guest on the sofa responds (and I'm paraphrasing): If god was watching out for you, why didn't he step in a moment sooner so you wouldn't get shot 9 times?

Thursday, January 19, 2012

You Heard It Here First

It may not seem so today, but decades (perhaps centuries) from now when the feminist movement has achieved & reached beyond its goals, the male-empowerment movement will trace its roots back to this:

(And me? I'll be the visionary who knew, way before it was fashionable to say it, that men are as sexy as women.)

Sunday, January 8, 2012


The discipline of the written word punishes both stupidity and dishonesty.
~ John Steinbeck

Fiction writing which does not acknowledge the uncertainty of the narrator himself is a form of imposture.
~ W.G. Sebald

He Just Wanted To Be A Real Boy

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Book Review

A friend suggested I might like a book so I googled it. Its review described the author's work by referencing another writer as inspiration. So I googled that writer. His profile brought up two other authors as influences. So I googled them. Their work was described through the styles of yet another army of writers.
If only I owned a library of cliff notes. I'd be reviewing all the time.