Talking Grover with a Little Girl

I sat in the Beetle and cried. It wasn’t an ugly cry or an evil cry. Emotion had bubbled to the surface and, like an unstirred pot on the stove, boiled over. “I like your Grover mask,” said a little girl to me when I was leaving the ballpark, and what followed was the perhaps … Continue reading Talking Grover with a Little Girl

The World of The Man in the High Castle

The first time I read The Man in the High Castle, I was disappointed in it. It was only the second Philip K. Dick novel I had read (the first was Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), and I closed the book thinking, “Is that all there is? It just ends there? Really?” I had … Continue reading The World of The Man in the High Castle

The USS Independence and Atomic Bomb Testing

Friday afternoon I spent at least half an hour looking at pictures of Operation Crossroads, the first two atomic bomb tests in Bikini Atoll. Why? Because one of the ships used was found — the USS Independence — and was virtually intact. This quote about the state of the Independence by NOAA’s James Delgado stays … Continue reading The USS Independence and Atomic Bomb Testing

On The Century of the Black Ships

Recently I was given a history book on a narrow, though interesting, subject — the literature of Japanese/American warfare written between 1900 and 1940 entitled The Century of the Black Ships. It was written by a Japanese scholar, Naoki Inose, and published in Japan in 1993. Viz, a manga publisher, translated the book into English … Continue reading On The Century of the Black Ships

On Things I’ve Been Reading

Some recent comic book purchases… Star Trek: Mirror Images #1 IDW Publishing Written by Scott and David Tipton Art by David Messina A long time ago, when I was but a wee lad, I loved the classic Star Trek episode, “Mirror Mirror.” A transporter accident sent Kirk, McCoy, Uhura, and Scotty into a weird, twisted … Continue reading On Things I’ve Been Reading