Tamils on Parade

Tamils on Parade
Click the pic to go to the video. Nice to see a Tamil not only prominent on the American scene (MIA has been nominated for a Grammy and an Oscar this year), but one who also takes her heritage seriously. After the jump, some disturbing footage of the slaughter of civilians going on right now ...

John Updike

Never been a big fan, but this is a great poem. Requiem It came to me the other day: Were I to die, no one would say, “Oh, what a shame! So young, so full Of promise — depths unplumbable!” Instead, a shrug and tearless eyes Will greet my overdue demise; The wide response will ...

Richard Alpert

Richard Alpert
For those who haven’t been watching season five, don’t read this post.

The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells My review rating: 4 of 5 stars About halfway through this book (which I read using Stanza on my iPhone) I watched the 1933 movie starring Claude Rains. The movie is good — faithful to the novel without the novel’s expositional burden — and found myself reading the rest ...

Thriller Fiction

If you like mysteries and thrillers like I do, you’ll enjoy Narrative Magazine’s Thriller Fiction Special, with excerpts from four new mystery thrillers. And for those of us who dabble in the craft of creation, the interviews are thrilling, too. The good days are ones when I don’t throw away what I write, and sometimes ...

On Photography

On Photography
U.S. President George W. Bush re-enters the White House East room to say goodbye to staff and friends after his primetime address in Washington, January 15, 2009. Bush on Thursday defended his actions to avert a collapse of the financial system and protect America from another terrorist attack as he mounted a farewell bid to ...

Poem of the week

I’ll continue to try and post a poem a week. We’ll see if this trend continues. Things I Like the smell of grass freshly cut, the sweet smell on my nose, cuttingly sweet like mangos, like butterflies like honeysuckle like air after a rain. darkness, for what it conceals, for what it reveals both cold ...

A new day 1

I am a mix of emotions tonight. I watched the inauguration at work with a dozen or so of my coworkers, a steely veneer masking the emotion of the moment. I joked about Cheney in a wheelchair; mocked George Bush, Senior’s, odd choice of headwear; laughed at the Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery’s benediction (“let ...

Leave it to the Onion

Leave it to the Onion
ROFL. Still.

Barack Hussein Obama

This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed — why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent Mall, and why a man whose father less than 60 years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before ...