I listened to a lecture by the philosopher Dr. Peter Singer today that I thought was quite relevant to the story of Bound and to one scene in particular. Quite a lot that Singer has to say bears on the philosophy underlying much of the book–not that he would espouse those philosophies, he would be … Read More
One of the topics that can get writers in a lather is outlining. Do you, or don’t you? How do you do it? As you can imagine, the answers are much more complex than simple yes/no. They also can lead to rather heated exchanges as to the sanity of the chosen method and its adherents. … Read More
One of the most helpful experiences I’ve had thus far in the ongoing journey of learning to write was the writing retreat run by Walter Jon Williams, Taos Toolbox. I’ll add an entry specific to that soon. Right now, I have a different goal. Another former Toolboxer is Lawrence Schoen. He’s a delightful chap who … Read More
I was scanning through the table of contents of the January 2021 issue of Communications of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), and an article title caught my eye: Historical Reflections The Immortal Soul of an Old Machine. Something about the title resonated in my mind. When I flipped to it, I recognized what the … Read More
My wife and I had the great good fortune to spend six weeks in New Zealand and Australia before the world quite realized that the pandemic was upon us. Within a week of our departure from Australia, both countries closed their borders and sent tourists home.