Bless Me Fitbit, for I have sinned…

Since we’re in the interregnum between “sign up for health insurance” time and “eat yourself into a stupor” time, it’s […]

Monday Missive – November 23, 2015

Games and Puzzles — I recently learned that the week of Thanksgiving is also National Games and Puzzles Week. The game I always associate with departments of English is Scrabble. When I was in graduate school, the teaching assistants in the English Department played Scrabble on a weekly basis. They even organized Scrabble tournaments. I remember thinking at the time that I would never meet anybody else who played in Scrabble tournaments, but I was wrong. I heard a rumor...

You Should Fear Racist Hysteria and Islamophobia, Not Muslims

Part I
(Too much to write about in one post)

Here are a few facts to consider while contemplating the events of recent days:

● Might as well confront this right away, since so many people are thinking about it: The ISIS murderers are “Muslims” to the same degree that King Leopold II, who you’ve probably never heard of, was a “Christian.” Leopold killed 10 million people. Others who called themselves Christians killed at least 100 million people in the 20th century....


Christine Campbell Thomson’s Not At Night (1925)

When I started to think about it recently, it occurred to me that I didn’t know much about horror fiction between the time of Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) and H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937).  There are a  number of obvious standouts — Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897), Richard Marsh’s The Beetle (1897), Marie Corelli’s Ziska (1897), Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw (1898), the works of Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) and M.R. James (1862-1936)...

“Science Chamber of Horrors” talk at the Schiele Museum

On October 29, 2015, I was invited to present a Science Cafe at the Schiele Museum in Gastonia, NC, based on my “Science Chamber of Horrors” Tumblr!  I think it went well and I appreciated the invitation to speak there.  Though I didn’t have a chance to tour the museum on my visit, it looks great — I encourage anyone in the area of Charlotte or Gastonia to pay a visit.

They didn’t record the talk, but I brought along my camera and recorded it myself.  ...

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