Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sexier than a Psychopath?

What could be? Who could be?
It's a hot hot hot topic, between the tv series (Dexter) the movie (7 Psychopaths)
the mysteries (your pick) and the elections (oops!). 
Kevin Dutton is cashing in--on his topic, his research, and our thirst for knowing all the lurid details.  An energetic, entertaining and engaging speaker,  along with his Michael Palinesque intonation, he gave the Cal Tech audience a terrific talk.

Want to read some of his stuff on line?
Here and here.

Interested in an extended interview?
Try this.

Then let me know your thoughts.

Happy Halloween.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Want to brush up your novel with Jane Smiley?

Got a spare $2850?
Then THIS is the place for you.

And they call self-publishing vanity publishing!

Friday, October 19, 2012

5 Reasons to Drown Yourself in Halloween Candy

5.  The presidential debates.

4.   Global warming.

3.   The economy.

2.   You're easily annoyed.

1.  The anthology that solicited your short story rejected your submission.

What are your reasons, gentle reader, and your candy of choice?

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


"Oh, you're a vegan?  Guess what I don't have: a smug sense of superiority."

Hmm, a tad on the defensive? I recall going away to college where everyone was a vegetarian.  Clearly, I was inadequate.  Later surrounded by kosher people.  Clearly, I was unclean.  Food choices as identity markers, we've all been there.  I'm stepping out now, to pick up a slice of pumpkin bread pudding slathered in a salt caramel sauce.  That should tell you all you need to know about me.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Dolores Huerta's F-bomb

What a thrill to listen to this icon at a YWCA breakfast, introduced as "the original wise Latina." How moving and humble of her to share her congressional medal of honor with everyone in audience, as if we shared in those struggles and accomplishments with her.
In addition to her advice on the coming elections, she wanted to remind us about the f word:
Viva Dolores Huerta! Viva!

Monday, October 15, 2012

More Nostalgia

There were actually some nifty parts of the 70s.  Here's something that I sang to, over and over and over again, as a kid.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

External Validation

Know Camille Paglia, that brilliant feminist provocateur?
She, too, loves the "Real Housewives of New Jersey."
Scroll through here to find her take on it.
Don't bother me tonight, Episode 3 of the reunion is on.

Whew!  And here I thought I was low brow.

Thursday, October 4, 2012


I am a fan.  I can't help it.  Improve myself? Let me count the ways, the possibilities, the benefits and on and on and on. 

My offspring view any attempt at self-improvement as ludicrous and personally embarrassing.  (As if THEY were born, fully formed).  My husband finds the entire topic wearing.  Up until now.

He calls this the best short self help film ever.  As if!
Check it out and let me know your thoughts.