Monthly Archives: December 2013

Inspiration – Truth and Point of View in a Cold Quiet Country

There are some branches of philosophy which insist that a person’s reality, i.e. what is and is not ‘true’, is defined very much by their individual perspectives. Depending on one’s point of view, shooting a deer during hunting season for … Continue reading

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Feminism and the Figure of the Fembot (Part 7 of 7)

VII. The Fembot and Humanity’s Future: Conclusion American feminist and activist Susan Brownmiller once said that “Women are all female impersonators to some degree” (“Feminization”). Judith Butler would certainly agree with this statement. Butler, when read through a feminist point … Continue reading

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Morning

“Thought I’d find you down here.” Jason looked up from his place on the kitchen floor. His dad stood above him, lit from behind in the early morning light, still pajama-clad but with a dingy green apron strapped around his … Continue reading

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Inspiration – Classic Storytelling with Lord of the Rings

J.R.R. Tolkien’s three-novel series, The Lord of the Rings, is perhaps his best known and most well-loved work, with The Hobbit, the prequel novel, coming in at a close second. When Peter Jackson, a relatively new director on the Hollywood … Continue reading

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Feminism and the Figure of the Fembot (Part 6.2 of 7)

VI. Phyllis, Ellery, and Landon: The Transgression/Failure of the Fembot However, in Landon’s reading of Adventures of the Artificial Woman, the critic believes the subversion comes not from Phyllis’ status as a machine performing femininity, or even as a machine … Continue reading

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Hot and Cold

On the second anniversary of her relocation, Janice ripped out the air temperature regulator from the closet of her domicile and, with a strangled yell, threw it out the airlock into the rust-colored dirt. When ZymoCo sent her a replacement, … Continue reading

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Inspiration – Laughing Through the Tears with Barney Miller

Many of us have encountered those moments in our lives when we don’t know whether to laugh or cry. When everything has gone so wrong, or seems so bleak, that the only option is endless sobbing or hysterical laughter. But … Continue reading

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Feminism and the Figure of the Fembot (Part 6.1 of 7)

VI. Phyllis, Ellery, and Landon: The Transgression/Failure of the Fembot This trope of newly created ‘intelligent’ machines exposing human failings is exercised quite starkly in a novel written by the prolific science fiction author Thomas Berger, titled Adventures of the … Continue reading

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Learning Curve

I lie on the piano room sofa and let the evening shadows creep over me like half-alive blankets. The house is silent. I am alone in the room, staring up at the painting of the Colorado Rockies which hangs on … Continue reading

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Inspiration – The Lesser Known Works of John Williams

If I was to ask you to name as many famous movie composers as you could, I’d bet you that John Williams’ name would be amongst the first four or five composers you’d tell me. He has become, quite literally, … Continue reading

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