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Read parts I and III of this article Our hypothetical young female will probably deeply internalize just how much she sucks. No one could possibly ever like someone who is so worthless as she. She'll be lucky if anyone ever shows any interest in her at all. In fact, she'd probably better latch onto the […]

Originally posted November 2003 Thanks for article inspiration to Jonathan, who pointed me to an LJ which made me initially start thinking about this. Thanks for suggestions on this article go to George, Ian, and Dave, who made it a better read. You all rock! ;-) I've heard the plaintive question 'why do women want […]

Originally written in the early 1990's for an absolutely amazing class on the bible as history and literature. My later notes, to clarify the paper, are in blockquotes. The story of Genesis in the bible has been used throughout history as an excuse for, and explanation of, why women should be subjugated by men. This […]

I've changed somewhat in the handful of years since I wrote the Firestarter titled "What is Friendship?" I like to think my opinions have grown and matured somewhat as well. This is, therefore, a sort of musing friendship redux. In retrospect, my writing seems a bit rough to me, and the article itself is pretty […]

What is friendship?

In: FIRESTARTER, Ethics questions

Originally posted October 2003 I ask this question because I've always had fairly strong ideas about "real" friendship, as opposed to simple acquaintanceship. To me an acquaintance was always someone you'd be happy to smile and greet pleasantly, or chat with, or do a simple favor for, but with whom you'd not made any really […]

Just got back from the opening weekend of the newest exhibit at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. The museum's in the old SGI building, for locals, and it's a lovely little place. The exhibit is a working Babbage Difference Engine! The following is based on my memory of what transpired, so if […]

The "Silk" Series

In: Book review, Feminism, LIBRARY, Writing

by Mary Jo Putney 20 July 2006 book review by Collie Collier Credits: For my kind-hearted and thoughtful recommender, who I hope will both find this review interesting; and understand that while I didn't care for the books, I was quite touched at her efforts to help me. Also for Lou, who helped me remember […]

Memoirs of A Geisha

In: Feminism, LIBRARY, Minorities

by Arthur Golden 1 July 2006 book review by Collie Collier Credits: For Casey, who always encourages me to think. Also, I so want the beautiful soundtrack! ;) Synopsis The fictional story of Sayuri, the most celebrated geisha of her time, and how she came to that position. The story's emphasis is more on the […]

A Million Little Pieces

In: Ethics questions, LIBRARY

by James Frey 15 June 2006 book review by Collie Collier Credits: For my book club, without whom I would not have read this peculiarly fascinating book. Note: there are quotes from the book in this review, which contain foul language. Please consider yourself warned. This is the gripping story of Frey's painful but ultimately […]

Angels & Demons

In: Ethics questions, LIBRARY, Religion

by Dan Brown 1 June 2006 book review by Collie Collier Credits: For Greg, because he gave me my first ever specifically-requested book review. Woohoo, I feel so official! He even sent me the book — what a sweetie! ;) There is detailed plot information in this review. Please do not read if you don't […]

Bestiaries depict mythical, moralizing animals, but are also potential allegorical sparks that can bloom into brilliant mental bonfires. My bestiary is this mythologizing animal's fascinated exploration of beauty & meaning in the wonder of existence -- in the hopes of inspiring yet more joyous flares of intellectual passion.

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