WFC 2006, in Austin: the unofficial guide

M. Thomas and I have put together an unofficial guide to Austin for those planning to attend World Fantasy in November. The WFC site has a small official guide to Austin for con-goers, but it’s focused almost entirely on the Arboretum, which is… well, it’s a mall. So: here’s a list of things to know,…

media bits, &c.

For a lesson in how to take a perfectly decent series and ruin it in the last installment, see X3. Or, rather, DON’T. Ugh. Last night we went with some visiting friends to the Paramount Theatre, where we saw The Maltese Falcon. I hadn’t seen it since I was little, and I’d forgotten how funny…

Absolute Write & the twenty worst agents

I’ve seen this all over the internets since yesterday, but it can’t hurt to pass it on once more. Barbara Bauer, one of the agents named on Writer Beware’s list of the twenty worst literary agents, has managed to get Absolute Write temporarily shut down; see Teresa Nielsen Hayden’s explanatory post on Making Light, and…

My hot weekend

Pedernales Originally uploaded by Katharine B. Things I saw at the Pedernales River: a water snake of undetermined species a tarantula, briefly captured by T. and his brothers more cardinals than I’ve ever seen in one location the skeletons of large fish trapped in potholes along the river small bleak towns near the park (Johnson…

superheroic

From today’s New York Times article on the Clintons, an excerpt from their aides’ official response to queries about the state of their relationship: She is an active senator who, like most members of Congress, has to be in Washington for part of most weeks. He is a former president running a multimillion-dollar global foundation.…

briefly

Apologies for my absence this week; I’ve been working on writing and watching lots of movies, two important summer occupations. And I’m about to head off to Pedernales Falls State Park for a few days of camping (with a backpack full of sunscreen, bug spray, and Benadryl cream), so things will be quiet here through…

Monday-morning link

An interesting post by Laura Miller at the National Books Critics Circle blog explaining why she chose not to participate in the recent NY Times survey on the best American novel of the last twenty-five years (and why she thinks a shortlist is generally preferable to naming a single “best” work). In the comments, people…

The graduation reading in photos

At flickr, I’ve posted the photos T. took at my graduation reading. Here you can see me from a T.’s-eye view, as I gesture toward my clip-on microphone to ask if it’s working. Doing two readings in two weeks reminds you just how weird your own voice sounds when projected to an audience. But doing…

Genre content does not equal plagiarism

I thought I was done with the Opal Mehta issue, but this Times opinion piece by Whitney Otto, plus Malcolm Gladwell’s earlier but similarly-themed blog post, have got me a little annoyed. (Gladwell’s 2004 New Yorker article on plagiarism, on the other hand, is a wonderful nuanced read.) Both Otto and Gladwell say, essentially, that…