Monthly Archives: February 2011

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I don’t know how you came to sex. If you came as a supplicant or a penitent. If you read manuals or drafted lists of expectations. If you chased your desire down. Or stepped right off the ledge and marveled at the fall.

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Wonder

I miss Susan Sontag. She used to change her opinions and her critics cried Inconsistent! but the truth is, integrity of intelligence requires a constant re-evaluation of what you think you know. You’re taking in new data all the time, how could your opinions remain … Read more

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Zombie brides and other thrilling tales of instant attraction

Do you know that song Sugar by Imperial Teen? Find that song and listen to it. Youtube has a horrifying video, but you really want to hear the live version. That song feels like love. I listened to it nonstop on a flight home from … Read more

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Tag this.

There is a woman in town who knit-tags. Periodically,  you’ll come across a parking meter that has a little knitted scarf around it, or a light post with a rainbow shawl. It’s such a strange moment when you realize that the metal looks warmer. The … Read more

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Who’s afraid?

Gavin tells us his list of worries: “I worry about vampires at the door. Outside, right there.” He points to the porch. “Ghosts in the walls. Crocodiles under my bed. And Papa and Tata’s horrible cat, Jalapeno.”

“Do you have any worries at school?” Mary … Read more

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Reproductive

Do you know how you wage war on women? First you say that you need to redefine rape. Rape only happens when a woman is knocked unconscious and sufficiently brutalized. Then you say that the murder of abortion care providers is justifiable homicide because the … Read more

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Girl power

We’re watching season 7 of Buffy. When I first saw it, I found the complaining teenagers and rampant speechifying tedious, but I feel differently now. I feel like season 7 is a complex argument about power, particularly about power for girls. The teenagers are potential … Read more

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In Treatment

I’m in love with Gabriel Byrne. I’ve loved him ever since Miller’s Crossing. Despite his various shitty roles, I’m in love with him. And then, In Treatment. I don’t have television, so I see these things after other people. I’m just watching season 2 now. … Read more

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True things

1. I have ten strands of grey hair. And feel, somehow, more legitimate.
2. The songs most often in my head are from My Fair Lady and Sesame Street Sing-alongs.
3. My first hardcore crush was on Michael J. Fox. I had posters, and only … Read more

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Bomb

Sometime in the late 1970s, on a military base in Germany, an MP came to my father’s church, and said a bomb threat had been called in, and services would have to be canceled. A certain high-ranking general who would later be infamous attended the … Read more

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