Michael S. Manley

“Towards the end of a decade marked by chaotic cultural shifts, mounting tensions, and mass violence, Scooby Doo insists that there is always an underlying solution that may be achieved through calm investigation.” Don’t we wish. 50 Years Ago, Scooby Doo was the Perfect, Weird, Hopeful Mystery Series 1969 Needed

“Fifty years ago, on September 13, 1969, Scooby Doo, Where Are You! premiered on CBS.” I am older than Scooby Doo, my wife was quick to point out. How Scooby Doo Revived Gothic Storytelling for Generations of Kids

Flash Fiction: A series of very short stories for the summer. from The New Yorker. πŸ“š

Currently reading: Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel πŸ“š

Currently reading: The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal πŸ“š

Late Capitalism infects & kills everything it touches. Evidence: Chief Poetic Officer. Note that the site is © 2023. I suspect that 2020 goes so poorly that the collective agony rents a hole in spacetime and this effluent has flooded back.

Dammit, CNN. Do better with your headlines. β€œIt’s Snowing. Where’s Global Warming?” That’s not helping. (I’m not linking to such bullshit.)

Bubbas

I’ve just listened to two purported creative professionals debate whether including page numbers in a long-form printed work (a book) was “egotistical” because it assumed someone was going to cite the work. What? No, really. What?

I guess Medium is the new Quora. I’m sure there’s at least some informed opinions there, but I’m never going to see most of them since I already have enough monthly subscriptions and I’m not going to use social media authentication.

Currently reading: Across the Great Lake by Lee Zacharias πŸ“š

Finished reading: Evelyn As by Christine Butterworth-McDermott πŸ“š

I have to assume that Cory Doctorow has his social media on full automation, because I’ve made the mistake of following his Mastodon account and it has flooded my feed.

You gotta take your comfy where you find it, I guess.

Calm Boys

Dim Sum Dinner Club

Had a wonderful dinner this weekend at Brian Moy’s Dim Sum Dinner Club pop-up. Somehow managed to forget to snap a pic of one course, but everything was just delicious. Cannot wait to see what he does with his plans. Great wine pairings offered by Diversey Wine, too.

Currently reading: Luna: New Moon by Ian McDonald πŸ“š

Sad to see that Linux Journal has closed its doors, seemingly for good this time. This has been a monthly read for me for over 20 years. Linux Journal Ceases Publication: An Awkward Goodbye

Knowing that I can follow Mastodon users on my micro.blog account, and knowing that they can follow my micro.blog posts is making me appreciate @manton’s work on this all the more. This is the promise of IndieWeb actually working!

Question for @help: I attempted to follow my micro.blog account from Mastodon. The Mastodon instance found my micro.blog account fine, but my follow is still pending approval. How do I approve the follow on micro.blog?

Currently reading: The Night Sessions by Ken MacLeod πŸ“š

Oh, good. The gangrene of Late Republicanism has spread to the delicate extremities of poet laureate nominations, resulting in the appointment of a driveler whose effluence includes the line “Give me chicks with guns on skis.” Who Gets to Be the Next Poet Laureate of New Hampshire?

Sunday Reading 2019-07-21 πŸ“š

Uber’s Path of Destruction, Hubert Horan, American Affairs Journal. I feel guilty any time I use Uber rather than a traditional taxi or mass transit. The dire state of ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft further cements my belief that the age of individual automobile has hit its twilight years. There’s no greater a civilization-ending waste than the automobile, at least in urban areas. Also, any time some SV sociopath tells you he’s (it’s almost always a he) “disrupting” some market segment, kick him somewhere painful and then get the hell away.

Bundyville, Season Two, Leah Sottile, Longreads. Read this, listen to this, and understand that this is totally not fiction, that some of your fellow citizens actually believe in the American Redoubt as a plan rather than bad dystopian storytelling.

How to Make Up Planets and Accidentally Influence People, Kayne Lynch, The Nib. Touching upon a similar species of idiot surveyed in Bundyville, from another direction.

Rereading Gene Wolfe, Tor.com. I’m still working on rereading Iain M. Banks’s Culture novels, but Wolfe is on the list to read through someday.

To the Moon, Jessica Handler, Brevity. Jessica is an instructor and patio drummer at Wildacres, the writing workshop we attend each summer. She posted this older piece in honor of the Apollo anniversary. From another Wildacres instructor, John Kessel, a reminder to all writers that “the moon is not an ornament.”

Sunday Reading 2019-06-30

Fiction

Juicy Ghost, Rudy Rucker. I like to see a good plan come together, but I don’t know how I feel about one that comes together so easily. The conflict here, under the political satire, is subtle. Also, see Rucker’s Complete Stories, which I think most authors ought to do.

Long is the Way, Carrie Vaughn & Sage Walker. Any day a new Wild Cards story comes out is a good day.

Non-Fiction

What It’s Like to Teach Writing When Everyone is a Writer, Janet Burroway. One of the most important textbooks in my college years was an edition of Burroway’s Writing Fiction. I know people who work with Burroway now on the later editions of the book.

All-American Despair, Stephen Roderick. “For the past two decades, a suicide epidemic fueled by guns, poverty and isolation has swept across the West, with middle-aged men dying in record numbers.” Bleak. Probably not what we want to hear these days, but maybe what at least someone needs to hear.

Ancient History

Frank Sinatra Has a Cold, Gay Talese. One of the classics of New Journalism or Creative Nonfiction or whatever the kids are calling it these days. With bonus cameo appearance by Harlan Ellison.