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Jul 01 2014

But… Will They Accept Verses?

The new journal Science, Religion, and Culture is announcing a special issue focusing on “Atheism, Secularity, and Science”. It suggests the following topics: • Identifying and outlining Lakatosian research programmes in current atheism and secularity research – their advantages and limitations. • Philosophy of science critiques of current research on atheism and secularity. • Conceptualizing …

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Jun 18 2014

Get Out Of My Head, Randall Munroe!

(Title text: “And then whisper ‘anapest’ in my ear as you hold me?”) Source–XKCD, of course. How many of my readers will not just get the joke, but can name the appropriate feet? No googling!

Jun 18 2014

Repeat After Me:

So you’ve got a new ambition—it’s to write a gospel song— They will play it on the radio, and maybe sing along But your knowledge of the bible isn’t really all that strong If you’re thinking that’s a problem, I can tell you that you’re wrong! You can write it with a single verse—not even …

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May 10 2014

The Master And His Student

Ok… A bit of confession… A dear friend of mine in meatspace gave me a couple of books of translated Bengali poetry, which is frankly stunning stuff–it reminds me that even translated poetry is–or can be–actually poetry, not mere verse (longtime readers both will remember that I am a huge fan of poetry but do …

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May 05 2014

Hairimeraku!

Amplifying a recent comment, I give you what is essentially a guest post by “richardelguru” (thus, “I” = richardelguru, not Cuttlefish): Some years ago, and for one of my silly radio essays, I invented (unless anyone can come up with an earlier attestation) the hairimeraku. As its name suggests, this is a bastard of the …

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Apr 18 2014

“Coming Out Atheist”

So Greta Christina’s new book is out now. As was expected, it is excellent. When she offered a copy for me to review, my only question was “what sort of verse form do you want the review in?” To my horror, she said she would love a Sestina. A Villanelle would be acceptable, but her …

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Mar 28 2014

Looking Under The Hood…

I just love statistics, and numbers, and such Whether icy abstractions or warm to the touch I’ve been told that, perhaps, I adore them too much— That my feelings are more-or-less “weird” Ok, “weird” I can see, but I have to confess I’m put off by the too-imprecise “more or less”— Is it greater, or …

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Mar 15 2014

Meat

Just finished an absolutely wonderful book (about which, more later); in the notes was a mention of Terry Bisson’s wonderful short story “They’re Made out of Meat”. Studio 360 aired a version a while ago–give a listen: Bisson’s site has the transcript (or rather, the original story), for those who want. I love it.

Mar 06 2014

Sale!

I’d have given you warning, but I only just heard, myself. The Lulu people are having a 20% off sale on everything. That’s the best deal I’ve seen so far, so I thought I’d let you know. This means 1/5 off on any of my books, seeing as they are self-published through Lulu–so, 20% off …

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Feb 28 2014

To The Person Who Cut & Pasted My Entire Post On Your Site…

Not cool. You may have been motivated by the best of intentions… you may have intended to flatter me… you may have intended to reap the ad revenue from your site without doing the actual work. I have no idea what your intentions were. I just know that you posted my entire post on your …

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