commented on Iain Banks
@8 yes indeed, thanks
Crow Road was my first Banks read and it hooked me. I was blown away by the casual way he could describe geological timeframe and the sensitive play on conflict over religion, generations and class within a family.
When I was told he wrote Sci Fi too i thought it would be worth a look - he managed to make me a Sci Fi reader. I first read Excession and I think there would be very few better in the genre. I was astounded at his ease in switching from deep philosophy, to wargames schlock to politics to well grounded SCI-fi (as opposed to science-y fantasy).
He will be missed.
commented on The Problem with Polynormativity
meanwhile mainstream british televison has a show about Thai 'Ladyboys' including full and frank discussion about sexual identity of the girls and their parners, sex acts, genital and hormonal treatments, and the inherent power imbalance between european tourists and thai hookers. US television is timid and bland by comparison.
Glad I live in Australia where we receive so much british content.
Dec 15, 2012
commented on I Am Adam Lanza's Mother
wow - the most important and relevant piece I have read on this issue. Courageous woman needs a big platform to speak from.
Jun 28, 2012
commented on SL Letter of the Day: Ovary Up!
When I plucked up the courage to make contact after about a month of train flirting with a guy, I was let down in the sweetest way. He was straight and married and noticed me checking him out. He was really flattered because he thought if he was not married I might be the first guy he'd switch teams for. Maybe he lied but who cares. I glowed for weeks, but I changed carriages after that. Best 'not-sex' ever.