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17Feb/14

AWP 2014 & Recent Web Work Round-up


I will not be in Seattle for AWP this year, but my books will be! You can get a copy of Why We Never Talk About Sugar, my collection of short stories, at the Braddock Avenue Books table.

Or, you can grab a copy of my brand new chapbook, This Will Be His Legacy, from Lettered Streets Press at their table. This chapbook is a collection of my counterfactual biographies and it's a split chap also featuring poetry by Alexis Pope. Grab it. You won't regret it. 

In other news, I've had some work appear around the web that I wanted to link to here. First, I did a month-long guest blog for [PANK] Magazine during January. I collected a bunch of "found Twitter haiku," tweets that just happened to exactly 17 syllables long. They range from silly to poignant and circle back around to hilarious. You can read the whole lot of them here. And I hope you will.

Next, I've written a couple of short blog posts for Brain, Child's web offshoot, Brain, Mother. This one, on why I don't think my son is growing up too fast. And this one, on why I refuse to enlist in the Mommy Wars. I find I have a lot to say about motherhood, which probably shouldn't be as surprising as it seems. More to follow on that front.

Stay tuned!

 

 

5Feb/14

22 Responses to 22 Creationists’ Challenges to Evolution

Because I just can't help myself. And because these people are completely misunderstanding evolution. 

1. “Bill Nye, are you influencing the minds of children in a positive way?”

2. “Are you scared of a Divine Creator?”

3. “Is it completely illogical that the earth was created mature? i.e. trees created with rings… Adam created as an adult…”

4. “Does not the second law of thermodynamics disprove Evolution?”

5. “How do you explain a sunset if their is no God?”

6. “If the Big Bang Theory is true and taught as science along with evolution, why do the laws of thermodynamics debunk said theories?”

7. “What about Noetics?”

8. “Where do you derive objective meaning in life?”

9. “If God did not create everything, how did the first single-celled organism originate? By chance?”

 10. “I believe in the Big Bang Theory… God said it and BANG it happened!”

11. “Why do evolutionists / secularists /huminists/ non-God believing people reject the idea of their being a Creator God but embrace the concept of intelligent design from aliens or other extra-terrestrial sources?”

12. “There is no in between… the only one found has been Lucy and there are only a few pieces of the hundreds necessary for an ‘official proof’.”

13. “Does metamorphosis help support evolution?”

14. “If Evolution is a Theory (like creationism or the Bible) why then is Evolution taught as fact.”

15. “Because science by definition is a ‘theory’ – not testable, observable, nor repeatable [--] why do you object to creationism or intelligent design being taught in school?”

16. “What mechanism has science discovered that evidences an increase of genetic information seen in any genetic mutation or evolutionary process?”

17. “What purpose do you think you are here for if you do not believe in Salvation?”

18. “Why have we found only 1 ‘Lucy’ when we have found more than 1 of everything else?”

19. “Can you believe in ‘the big bang’ without ‘faith’?”

20. “How can you look at the world and not believe someone created / thought of it? It’s Amazing!!!”

21. “Relating to the big bang theory… where did the exploding star come from?”

22. “If we come from monkeys then why are there still monkeys?”

 

 

 

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25Sep/13

“Birth Story” in The Rumpus

Today I'm vey proud to have essay up at The Rumpus, which consistently publishes the best non-fiction of any magazine or website I read. The piece is called "Birth Story" and it's about birth stories in general, and one in particular. In many ways, it's a follow-up to an essay of mine they published last year, "On Pregnancy and Privacy and Fear." It's fun for me to see these pieces listed together when you click on my name on the site. It reminds me how much of my life has changed in the last year and how much has stayed largely the same.

Here's the opening of "Birth Story." You can read the rest here

The birth story must always start the same way: with a woman in pain. There’s no avoiding the pain. The pain is how you know it’s beginning. It’s the overture, the epigraph, the amuse-bouche. You sit up straight. You stand up. You walk around. You move as if the pain is something you can twist away from, like pulling your hand from a hot stove. But this pain is coming from inside. This pain is trying to twist away from you. But first it has to come through you. First it has to open you up.

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19Sep/13

Interview with Air Schooner

Air Schooner, Prairie Schooner's podcast series interviewed me about Why We Never Talk About Sugar and weird fiction. You can click hear to listen to me talk about how I discovered the secret truth hiding in the Pinocchio myth.

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4Mar/13

AWP!

I will be making a couple of appearances at AWP this year. Here's where I'll be and when. Come say hi!

  • Thursday night at 8:00 at The Sweetwater Tavern I'll be part of "Their Peculiar Ambitions," a reading of presidential fictions.
  • Starting at 10:30 Friday morning I'll be signing copies of Why We Never Talk About Sugar at the Braddock Avenue Books booth (Y17) at the bookfair.
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