Science Matters

22 April Happy Scientists March day! Let’s support all the women and men who daily struggle to further knowledge, NOT alternative facts or vague beliefs. Let’s help stop the assault on science and push back against lies, religious beliefs passed off as scientifically verifiable, and those clueless ones who utter the oh-so-ignorant question: Well, it’s […]

IT

The LA Review of Books recently published a long essay about Stephen King’s IT; its themes, its impact, its creepiness, the inability of commenters to avoid using it or its or it’s when writing about it. I love the story’s creepiness. I relish King’s excellent evocation of childhood and. EXCEPT . . . *drum roll* […]

Horror movies

Most horror movies are pretty horrible. Not horror-inducing, just bad. Predictable. Simplistic. Boring. Psychopaths prey on teenagers or unwary travelers with chainsaws, axes, long, sharp knives, or other implements guaranteed to cause pain and death. Spurting blood. Anguished screams. *Yawn* No psychopath has yet equalled the remarkably non-violent and un-bloody (well, barring one notable scene) […]