Secrets revealed!

There’s a serious problem with my post-talk sessions at local bars with attendees: I loosen up and start spilling secrets, and you never know when some sneaky blogger listening in might post them to the Intertubalwebs.

NO, people, I will not show you my butt-crack.


  1. llewelly says

    NO, people, I will not show you my butt-crack.

    Normally I like Zeno’s blogging, but you make it terribly sound boring.

  2. Janine, Mistress Of Foul Mouth Abuse, OM says

    PZ! Not once did I ever exhibit a desire to see your ass-crack!

  3. Zeno says

    Perhaps that is the terrible secret that kept PZ from going into the appliance business — insufficient cleavage!

  4. theshortearedowl says

    Iain Banks (M. or no M.) is probably the best author in the world writing today. Have you read Matter yet? Just wow. If the Culture’s out there, I’m waiting to be abducted.

  5. Perplexed says

    theshortearedowl, if you happen to get abducted by the Culture could you send them to pick me up.

    Matter was a great book with a simply epic setting but Use of Weapons would be my favorite, I think it remains the only book I felt compelled to re-read straight after finishing.

  6. 'Tis Himself, OM says

    NO, people, I will not show you my butt-crack.

    I’ll sleep well tonight knowing this.

  7. realinterrobang says

    NO, people, I will not show you my butt-crack.

    My friend in town here, whose husband is a slightly-younger clone of PZ, will be so disappointed… :)

  8. Keymaker says

    Whoa, everytime I want to sign in to leave a comment I have to go through this whole thing where I have to pretend like I forget my password and then gp back to my email and then I can post. It seems a bit much… anyway what was it I wanted to say… oh yeah…PZ: I was in the audience for your Sierra College talk. I was impressed with the aplomb and grace you showed handling the aggressive and vitriolic attacks of the deluded young man who came to the debate unprepared to debate. It was like watching an intellectual Jedi warrior school a Paduwan kindergarten. And then you invited him into the the inner sanctum of true believers (BJ’s) and continued to treat him with respect. Thank you for the work you are doing. Like a true master you make it look easy when it is not and you seem to be having a lot of fun. Happy monkey, and may a crocaduck bite your enemies on the ass!
    As far as the butt crack goes you have been willing to acknowledge every other human foible without em-bare-ass-ment so I don’t see the problem with a common butt crack. Let it all hang out! We ahve all got one.

  9. Moggie says

    Another Iain [M] Banks fan here, though having just finished Transition I must admit I think he was phoning it in.

    I’m sure there were special circumstances which led to PZ’s choice of career.

  10. Rorschach says

    Iain Banks (M. or no M.) is probably the best author in the world writing today. Have you read Matter yet?

    I thought that too, until I read “Use of Weapons”, which is just awful, and “Against a dark background”, which bored me to tears.I love the names he gives his starships though.

  11. jack.rawlinson says

    Iain Banks has been one of my favourite authors since The Wasp Factory was first published. I’m one of those who prefers him without the “M” though: I think his SF is fun and broad and decently plotted, but it’s the non-SF stuff that has lasting depth. “The Crow Road” and “Complicity” in particular are tremendous novels.

    I recently finished his latest – Transition – which blended both his SF and non-SF stles to, I have to be honest, not entirely successful effect. Still, even a bad Banks book is better than most modern novels. Except for “Canal Dreams”, which was a total clunker.

  12. Knockgoats says

    I really don’t get the attraction of Iain M. Banks (never tried him without the “M”). I tried to read Consider Phlebas. He’s certainly inventive with regard to varieties of torture to have his characters inflict on each other, but that seemed to be the main point in what was otherwise just bog-standard space opera. His characters are neither convincingly alien nor convincingly human.

  13. theshortearedowl says

    I think Use of Weapons was my favourite until I read Look to Windward.

    The Wasp Factory is one of those special books. I think reading it as a child was probably bad for my development.

    @Rorshach & Knockgoats
    I guess I will never understand people after all!

  14. says

    Oooh, Iain (M) Banks. Very tall man. Love most of the Culture books, although occasionally I think that some of his novel fall a bit flat. All amusingly warped in any case.

    I have a signed copy of Look to Windward somewhere. :-)

  15. Usagichan says

    I rather like the space opera’s – although they do indeed seem to focus on the more gruesome aspects of humanity. The Culture is a wonderful fantasy, and like perplexed at #8 I would certainly welcome being picked up by them. Of the non SF (M-less Bainks) I quite enjoyed ‘The Business’ as slightly less weighty than the usual fare.

  16. shonny says

    Why is it that no one on the receiving end shows any sense of humour when you pour cold sticky liquid down their butt crack?
    I mean, it’s just there asking for it!