“Notes on an Imagined Plaque”

Please, please do listen to the episode called “Notes on an Imagined Plaque” on the podcast 99% Invisible. It’s only 14 minutes long and you can get to it by clicking on the link. “Monuments don’t just appear in the wake of someone’s death — they are erected for reasons specific to a time and… Read more »

Pictures and Stories from the Counter-Protest in Boston

Yesterday, about 20,000 protesters marched through Roxbury and the South End, joining another approximately 20,000 protesters who were already gathered at the Boston Common. We were 40,000 strong, protesting a handful of people having a “free speech,” a.k.a. hate speech, rally in our city. Kevin and I, with some friends, were part of the marching… Read more »

How I Got the Doctor Who News

Last week, I was by myself in Vermont, trying to make progress on the new book I’m writing. I had no cell or Internet access, except when I drove into town, which I didn’t do very often. Here’s a view of the meadow I could see as I wrote. One day, I drove into town… Read more »

Pictures from This Weekend’s CAIR Protests in Boston, New York, Pittsburgh

I’m trying to assemble some links with resources for things we can do to fight this cowardly, cruel bully. I hope to post that soon. BTW, I like this street art by a Japanese graffiti artist. So, Boston had a rally today organized by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). We were there, along with… Read more »

Many March Photos from Many Places :o)

I’ll start with Boston, because that’s where I live. I’ll end with Atlanta, because that’s where I marched. In between: Asheville, NC; Baltimore, MD; Geneva, Switzerland; Jacksonville, FL; New York, NY; Oakland, CA; Paris, France; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland, OR; Rochester, NY; San Diego, CA; St. Paul, MN; and Washington DC. At the end of any… Read more »

Some (Mostly Meaningless) Reflections on Our Current Reality

For the last three weeks, I have mostly been listening. I’ve been listening to my friends talk to me and to each other. I’ve been listening to the reactions of smart writers and thinkers. I’ve been listening to podcasts and pundits. I’ve been listening to the sadness in my mother’s voice and the faith in… Read more »

Linky Thursday Randutiae with Rage (And Some Sweet Things, Too)

In France, in order to protect women from being oppressed by Muslim men who tell them what to wear, white men with guns force women to take their clothes off. I have so much fury and contempt for this racism, Islamophobia, and misogyny disguised as “liberation” and “secular values” that I don’t even have enough… Read more »