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Swiftly tilting

I’m taking a break from homework to ponder the state of the world and especially the loss of Madeleine L’Engle, the second death this year (following Kurt Vonnegut’s) of an extraordinary author of vaguely-science-fiction books. I didn’t really know anything about L’Engle, which made the obituaries and appreciations feel strange. But of course, I read her books during that curious age that is the target of the “young adult” section of bookstores; I suppose her books may have been scattered betwee…

from ARCHIVES - in category Harmless Untruths

Little Electronic Boxes

“You mean because a lot of people are standing around glassy-eyed listening to something mumbling in their ear that it’s a good thing?” — “Gussy” Gusterson in “The Creature from Cleveland Depths” by Fritz Leiber Lately I’ve been thinking about getting an iPod. I’m shuddering a little as I type those words, and I’ve decided against it for the moment anyway. But I know it is just a matter of time until I have one, and in a lot of ways, I’m not looking forward to it. I’ve played with iPods now, and…