Various small things:
* My e-mail appears to well and truly screwed at the moment: no mail coming in or out. It’s the mail server. If you’ve sent me e-mail in the last few hours, I would recommend sending it again… after a few hours. If you’re planning to send me e-mail, wait. If you’re expecting e-mail from me, manage your expectations. If you’ve neither sent me e-mail nor are expecting any from me, please, go about your day as usual. This mail interruption seems part of a larger problem my host provider’s having; I can’t get their Web page to come up either. However, my site is up. So that’s all right.
* Happy birthday to the fabulous Mary Robinette Kowal, who is celebrating her birthday by going out for Chinese food with friends. Wish I could be there. Ms. Kowal, as many of you know, did an absolutely excellent job as one of the readers of “The Sagan Diary”; honestly, I can’t get through her recording of Chapter Eight without weeping like a child. And that’s a good thing.
* Congratulations also to my friend Lawrence Schimel, whose anthology The Future is Queer is on the Lambda Literary Award long list. These lists will be whittled down to finalists in a couple of weeks.
* Justine Larbalestier, whose really excellent book Magic’s Child was just sent to me in hardcover, which should make you all jealous because it won’t be out for a month, is interviewed on BookSlut. I’m also planning to interview Justine next month; good thing she’s a talker.
* This fellow wants non-Americans to boycott “American cultural products,” on the rationale that “They are propaganda aimed at turning your children into mindless consumers and your nations into obedient colonies.” Damn it, I hate it when my subtext is that obvious! You non-Americans aren’t supposed to suspect my hegemony until after you’ve bought the book!
Honestly, I never know what to make of the frothy types such as this. But just for the record, non-Americans: I prefer you have children with fully-functioning brains, and that you go through life blissfully uncolonized by my country. I know that’s dreadfully unhegemonic of me. But, look: Hegemony is just so much damn work. I have other things to do, you know?