Three Reads

Pallets on the floor hospitality– love everything she has to say here.


Commentary Magazine on Anna Karenina, by Tolstoy.  Good stuff.


If you read very much of anything about the Hugo awards and the Sad Puppies, you’ll hear mention of ‘If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love.‘ It was nominated for a Hugo last year.  My take is- it’s more prettily written than I expected, but it’s really derivative.  Derivative of what?  If You Give a Mouse a Cookie; Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile; and If I Ran the Zoo, all with a Big Important Message hogtied, thrown to the ground, dragged kicking and screaming into the story, twisted like a pretzel and spray painted neon pink so you don’t miss it.  The Message is less subtle than an actual T-Rex in your living room, although probably also less destructive to the china and furry pets.  It’s the most jarring of commercial interruptions, and it’s the most badly written paragraph in the whole thing.

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