Monthly Archives: August 2011

Corrections, Amendments and Other Real Work

Kage Baker occasionally made errors in her writing. Her grasp of grammar was phenomenal, by modern standards, and she competently used punctuation marks that are becoming extinct. But even she, maven of dialect and relict word-play that she was, could … Continue reading

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Sometimes It’s Monday All Week

Kage Baker used to say (quoting from Home To You) “It’s tired and I’m getting late.” She listened to KPFK a lot in the 60’s and 70’s, especially late at night: they habitually broadcast from alternate universes, and Kage remembered … Continue reading

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Sorry, Mr. B. And Happy Birthday, Too

Kage Baker grew up reading Ray Bradbury. Momma loved his stuff, and anything Momma liked, she handed (like, at gunpoint) to everyone else she liked. So, for the readers in the family, which was mostly the girls, Ray Bradbury was … Continue reading

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The Bacula Mystery

Kage Baker liked art museums. Classic museums like LACMA, time-specific ones like the Getty, eccentric ones like the Musee Mechanique. There’s a Museum of Neon Art in Los Angeles (currently moving to Glendale, where it will open early next year) … Continue reading

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August 20th & The Linnean Society of London

Kage Baker once commented that she could not recall when she first learned about evolution.  (Neither can I.) The many details of its development were unfolded to her later: Lamarck, Darwin and Wallace; its symbiotic relationship with geology; devo-evo, punctuated … Continue reading

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The Very Hon. Walt Kelly

Kage Baker worshipped the cartoonist Walt Kelly. That is not at all too strong a word. She always held artists in the high esteem of secular Bhodisattvas, and Kelly was a fine artist. She admired humourists who could be satiric … Continue reading

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Bored and Blank

Kage Baker. That’s it. That’s the extent of my creativity today. That constant introductory topic; and then there’s a wall. It’s not even an interesting wall. It’s flat and beige and utterly without decorative or artistic merit, and 98% of … Continue reading

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