Category Archives: Roderick Random

Teaser Park: Persephone

For the first time in a long time, I am doing a teaser.  Why have I been so long away from teasing?  Mostly because I’ve been revising an older novel and writing a new one.  I took a long break … Continue reading

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Space Cat Makes a Deal

That is the title I’ve given to this picture (actual title unknown): I found out about the writer (and artist, see above) Hannes Bok through Lin Carter’s book on the history of fantasy Imaginary Worlds.  I’d bought that book to … Continue reading

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Shortcut #52: About a Mountain

John D’Agata’s book About a Mountain is about a mountain. Just as this blog post is about About a Mountain which is about a mountain. But just as About a Mountain is not really about a mountain, so this blog … Continue reading

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On Something Like a Blog Post

It sits in the corner like a friend you didn’t invite over but you felt obligated to invite in, even after explaining that you were in the middle of something. Something important, yes, that’s right. You are checking your e-mail … Continue reading

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On or About a Bog

The surface is spongy. At first I wrote the surface is spondee, which is also true: two hard syllables under your feet with a little bounce, a little give and, you hope, no take at all. Metrically, most bogs aren’t … Continue reading

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On What is Apparently a Dying Art

I’ve spent the last few days writing letters. Although I’ve done a good job keeping myself going, in the past it’s been hard for me to write many at the same time (or even within a few weeks of each … Continue reading

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On Being International

So… You’re entertained.  Yes, I get it.  I got it.  Good. Today, we’re done with entertainment.  It has had its day, and its day is done, the sun is set, and we in the city are left with a paltry … Continue reading

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