Monthly Archives: July 2014

Reading The Shadow of the Torturer – Chapter VI: The Traitress

SYNOPSIS: Severian delivers books to the Chatelaine Thecla, currently being held by the Torturers. Thecla is the sister of Thea (who has absconded with Vodalus) and is being used as a bargaining chip by the Autarch. Severian instantly becomes infatuated … Continue reading

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Desire, sex, vocation

Batter my heart, three-personed God; for You As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend; That I may rise and stand, o’erthrow me, ‘and bend Your force, to break, blow, burn, and make me new. I, like an … Continue reading

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The Church of Niceness

Speaking from a liberal Christian perspective, Giles Fraser has some words that are pretty spot on: The takeaway message is this: no one needs churches to be nice or tasteful. If churches have a future, it’s in addressing our existential … Continue reading

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Sacramental error

While your heart is in the right place, Sailor Mercury, a girl of your learning should know that a valid baptism requires someone else to do the dousing.

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The curious incident of the celibate gay

One of the things I have increasingly noticed is a convergence between liberals and conservatives over a particular sort of logic regarding same-sex attraction. It goes something like this: if gay sex is wrong, then the desire for it is … Continue reading

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Reading The Shadow of the Torturer – Chapters V-VI

SYNOPSIS: At the Feast of Holy Katharine, Drotte and Roche are elevated to the rank of Journeymen, leaving Severian as the senior apprentice. He is later sent to deliver a message to Master Ultan of the guild of Curators. The … Continue reading

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Good night sweet prince

For those not in the know, beloved comics character Archie Andrews died yesterday. By taking a bullet. For his gay best friend. A particular quote from the late, gay Oscar Wilde comes to mind: “One must have a heart of … Continue reading

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Reading The Shadow of the Torturer – Chapter IV: Triskele

(I have been wondering whether or not to include spoilers from later parts of the series in these posts, and have met with something of a compromise: spoilers will appear in whited out form. Highlight them at your own risk!) … Continue reading

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Other things I’ve been reading

A Voyage to Arcturus, by David Lindsay This is one of those novels that a lot of writers like to cite as being an inspiration, but which doesn’t seem to have much of a popular following. A man named Maskull … Continue reading

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Hipster Nazis?

There’s an article on Rolling Stone about how the Neo-Nazi subculture in Germany has moved away from the older Skinhead look and more towards appropriating mainstream pop culture: Like Schroeder, whom he sees as an acolyte, Knape wants to give … Continue reading

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