It’s not like you can start going by Dick Santorum

Just like Halloween candy in your local drug store, it seems like the political jabs of presidential candidates appear earlier and earlier every (four) year(s).  One name on the Republican ballot you might recognize is Rick Santorum.  You might remember Rick Santorum as the former Senator from Pennsylvania.  Although, if Google search results are  any indication, you most likely are familiar with his name as a result of a 2003 contest that Dan Savage, columnist of Savage Love, ran after the former Senator said some particularly nasty things about homosexuality and the gay community.  In the contest, Savage asked his readers to come up with a new definition (involving a sexual act) of “Santorum.”  If you want to know what reader-submitted definition won, just Google it.  Former Senator Santorum has now come to recognize what he calls his “Google Problem.”

Well, it’s 2011, and Rick Santorum has thrown his hat into the ring for the 2012 Presedential Republican nomination.  In response, Dan Savage has issued an offer of a détente of sorts:  Savage won’t redefine “Rick” as something even more prurient if the former Senator agrees not to attack the gay community during his campaign.  The offer, issued via video, is actually quite funny and features several concerned Ricks. 

I can’t get the damn video to embed, so you’ll just have to click on this

Seems fair enough.  Although it doesn’t seem that Santorum will be backing off

Oh, and I saw Dan Savage’s book, “The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided To Go Get Pregnant,” on the train the other day.  Pick it up if you support family values.   

Spotted: Haute Coco

My first reaction to seeing a young woman reading “The Gospel According to Coco Chanel” was one of relief.  We have seemed to be participating in an unintentional fantasy quest around here of late.  But upon further reflection, maybe the book is just a different kind of fantasy.  Here is a woman who was born into poverty, raised in an orphange, and managed to become a synonym for all things haute couture.  The only thing that’s keeping this story out of the fantasy genre is the fact that it actually happened.   

LA Times Review

Thanks for Being So Bold

A big thank you to Chris Appelgren over at The Bold Italic for reading and mentioning our humble little blog.  You want to know what I think about you reading “A Dance With Dragons,” the fifth book in the “A Song of Fire and Ice” fantasy series?  Two things:  First, I saw someone reading “A Feast for Crows” on the train this morning, which is the fourth book in that same series.  No joke.  Second, I heard that the HBO series based on the first book in the series, “A Game of Thrones,” has what my father would have referred to as “redeeming social value.”  So Chris, although it seems like fantasy novels have been following me around lately like Gollum followed his Precious, I think it’s safe to say that you’re on solid ground.   That ground just happens to be in Westeros and Essos.

Spotted: Muni Riders on Fantasy Quest

From afar, I thought this book was going to be about naming your daughter Gaia and composting her hemp diapers. 

Nope.  Turns out “Being a Green Mother” is the fifth instalment of an eight book series called the Incarnations of Immortality.  That’s right, I managed to find another fantasy series.  Is there a D&D convention going on in SF or something?   The author, Piers Anthony, does maintain a website about (e-)publishing to help aspiring authors, which is pretty cool.  But that may not be his greatest contribution.  I leave you with an excerpt from the Wikipedia entry for this book, because there is no way I can top this [SPOILER ALERT, BUT WORTH IT]: Continue reading