Monthly Archives: August 2012

August 15th

Kage Baker liked books of lists. It wasn’t a love of facts, or a fondness for solid information. She didn’t read them for research. It was her particular personal approach to whimsy that led her to read peculiar lists, because … Continue reading

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Various Complaints and Excuses

Kage Baker was a salamander. She loved heat and prospered in it. She almost never sweat – a ladylike “glow”, as elder female relatives put it, might accompany a faint blush to her face when the temperature soared … but … Continue reading

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Hot Rain

Kage Baker, I would very much desperately like to think, would have declared a moratorium after a week of this heat. She’d have decamped to her armchair, with her standing fan aimed at the back of her neck and a … Continue reading

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Way, Way Hot

Kage Baker. Much, much, much too hot. Too humid – 70% humidity at 11 PM, and not a storm in sight in the LA Basin? Render me down for my water, the desert is winning. Chocolate cream pie and cold … Continue reading

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Sir Flinders Petrie

Kage Baker idolized Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie. As, indeed, who does not, who has any interest in archeology, postsherds, Egyptology or the infamous Pyramid Code? In an age when archeology was a past-time of legitimately looney private gentlemen, Flinders … Continue reading

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Intermission

Kage Baker loved thoseĀ  little intermission film clips you used to see in newsreels and the like. You know – a sort of Whoo-WHOO-Whoo-WHOO carnival score on organ, with hypnotically swirling coloured background patterns and a neatly lettered advisement to … Continue reading

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Hot

Kage Baker – like just about every other English-speaking person in the world – liked to quote Mark Twain from time to time. She greatly regretted learning that he did not actually say that thing about the coldest winter he … Continue reading

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