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  1. Give the gift of art!

    This Saturday, from 11 am to 4 pm, the 2nd Annual Affordable Holiday art sale is on in beautiful Los Feliz. A fantastic selection of works by some of my favorite artists, including the absurd whimsy of Lynn Freer-Turner, the visual poetry of Ed Rachles, and some stuff by Mark Fite, will be on display and priced to go! — Read the rest

  2. Underground cartoonist and Weirdo editor Aline Kominsky-Crumb died earlier today at the age of 74. She had pancreatic cancer. She was a founding member of Wimmin's Comix, published by Last Gasp from 1972-1985. More recently, Kominsky-Crumb collaborated with her husband Robert Crumb on a series called  Aline and Bob's Dirty Laundry. — Read the rest

  3. The great Christine McVie, Fleetwood Mac songwriter and keyboardist, died today at age 79. I'm a lifelong fan of Fleetwood Mac's California cocaine trilogy of Fleetwood Mac, Rumours, and Tusk LPs that included greatest hits written by McVie like "Say You Love Me," "Over My Head," "Don't Stop," "You Make Loving Fun," "Songbird," and "Think About Me." — Read the rest

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    It's time for some holiday shopping, and if you're not doing it online, you'll be, well, in line. — Read the rest

  5. This hits different now that I'm middle-aged. Remember when Baz Luhrmann made a spoken word song set to Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich's hypothetical commencement speech/essay from 1997, Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young?

    For nostalgia's sake, here's "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)" aka "The Sunscreen Song":

    Ladies and gentlemen of the class of '99
    Wear sunscreen

    If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it
    A long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists
    Whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable
    Than my own meandering experience, I will dispense this advice now

    Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth, oh, never mind
    You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth
    Until they've faded, but trust me, in 20 years, you'll look back
    At photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now
    How much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked
    You are not as fat as you imagine

    Don't worry about the future
    Or worry, but know that worrying
    Is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing Bubble gum
    The real troubles in your life
    Are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind
    The kind that blindsides you at 4 p.m.

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Charles Stross - The Atrocity Archives


Peter Watts - Blindsight


Aliette de Bodard – In the Vanishers’ Palace


Liz Williams - Empire of Bones


Lavie Tidhar - Central Station

Andy Weir - The Martian


Thomas Pynchon - Slow Learner


Doris Lessing – The Sirian Experiments


Ian Sales – Adrift on the Sea of Rains


Somtow Sucharitkul - The Throne of Madness


Peter Watts – Maelstrom


S.P. Somtow – I Wake from a Dream of a Drowned Star City


Sydney Padua - The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage


Iain Sinclair - Radon Daughters


Tricia Sullivan – Occupy Me, Powered by Mambo!; free resources by SiteGround