Argumentational Modality: Wherein Sea Lions Make Intellectually Invalid Arguments

March 20, 2015
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Those of us trained in the philosophical definitions of a valid argument will recognise that for an argument to be considered deductively valid it must meet certain conditions: its premisses must be either proven true by deductive argument or must be proved axiomatic, thereby producing a true conclusion. (In all my writing I use “premiss” […]

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Work-In-Progress Excerpt

March 14, 2015
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This is the piece I’ll be working on during Disquiet International under the tutelage of my friend and literary hero Alexander Chee. I recently started drafting the second segment of the novel, and thought I’d share a bit of it with you. WINTER She fills the scratches in the bark with dulled fingertips, her face taken away […]

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Osso Buco Stew

January 27, 2015
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This morning I thought I was going to move to London in about 48 hours. By noon I knew I’d have to wait another three weeks because we messed up and one of our cats doesn’t yet meet the EU pet import requirements. It’s costly and inconveniences everybody. Tonight I made osso buco stew to […]

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Book Review: “Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro

January 17, 2015
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Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro My rating: 5 of 5 stars Ishiguro writes literary fiction layered heavily over a solid sci-fi plot that shines through only faintly–which is why he’s such a literary darling, and one of my favourite authors. “Never Let Me Go” captured my childhood exactly: I went to a British […]

Review: Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

May 22, 2014
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Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright My rating: 4 of 5 stars The most valuable thing about this book is the care with which it was sourced: the Church of Scientology has no grounds upon which to base a lawsuit against the author or publisher. Given the litigious leanings […]

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Vanilla Custard with Strawberries, Lemon & Lavender

November 27, 2013
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Ingredients – 2 servings Adjust sugar to taste. I cooked this without measuring anything. 4 egg yolks 1 cup whole milk 1/2 vanilla bean juice of 2 lemons dried lavender flowers 1/4 & 1/3 cups sugar 2/3 cup fresh strawberries, sliced Mix 1/4 cup sugar, lavender, and lemon juice in saucepan. Cook over medium heat until […]

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Philosophy of Writing – 21 – The Worst Kind of Feedback

September 16, 2013
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I don’t ask for constructive criticism; I ask for honesty. It’s my prerogative and responsibility to sort the useful feedback from the rest. A bit of advice: if you expect a specific type of return, you’ll be disappointed. But there’s feedback that makes me utterly wretched, you too — when it skips over useful and […]