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Moon, seen through my office window.


Because screamin’ semen, that’s why.


Why, he asks. This guy.

My bigamist boyfriend tricked me into marrying him in Africa

When Julie Stead arrived to visit her boyfriend’s family in Gambia, she was pleased to be given an elegant cream and white outfit.

She wore it on her birthday a few days later, believing she was going to a party. But she soon discovered that the big event was her own marriage – and there was nothing romantic about it.

Her boyfriend threatened to leave her stranded in Africa if she refused to go through with it. Only after reluctantly agreeing did 28-year-old Miss Stead discover that her ‘husband’ was already married to a Gambian woman and had two children. Yesterday, as he was jailed, she told how she had been targeted by a serial conman as a means to live legitimately in the UK.

Miss Stead, a carer from Bridlington, East Yorkshire, met Ahmed Jobe, 31, at a nightclub in the seaside town in 2006.

The Party Tree is lit!

First Son hosted a gathering.


“Come on, ladies! Over the wall!”

Ten minutes later, they were, indeed, over the wall. The chickens are restless.

It was comforting to know the neighbors had stopped speaking.

The Wisconsin Poet sends along a link to a bit of genius hilarity: Unhappy Hipsters.


Me: Look at this tree I saw today. There’s not a leaf on the thing.

The Wife: It’s like the California version of Charlie Brown’s tree! It’s…it’s like your career!

Me: [bitterly searches for right turn of phrase involving being stunted and sad and yet somehow, hilariously, fruitful; gives up; goes to sleep weeping softly]

From the comments section of The Awl.

liz [#3108]

Updike: 1/27/09
Salinger: 1/27/10



True Religion

This review of Gene Yang and Derek Kirk Kim’s The Eternal Smile at The Comics Journal is smart, perceptive, and well-written, and yet I couldn’t disagree more with its conclusion: “this is a strong, well-executed, but modest work that feels like a warm-up for more ambitious future comics.”

I think the book is kind of genius, and anything but modest, seeing as it takes careful aim at the unhealthy escape from reality that can be sought in both comics and religion, two things which are both hugely important to the writer. I’d call that pretty ambitious. The central story, Gran’pa Greenbax and the Eternal Smile is a flat-out amazing (and sort of harrowing) story of the uses and abuses of faith, and contains this wonderful, stammering speech from an abused employee:

“You know, I used to come here wh-wh-whenever I felt op-opressed by my – uh l-life. Seeing the Eternal Smile w-w-would g-give me hope – hope that maybe, j-just maybe, the underlying p-principle of the universe isn’t m-m-monotony or fear or c-competition, but j-joy. I’d w-wonder if the Eternal Sm-Smile was the sm-smile of existence it-itself. And if existence itself c-could sm-sm-smile, then m-maybe s-s-someday I would too.”

The review calls it a “satire of organized religion (somewhat surprising, given the devout Catholicism expressed in Yang’s previous comics)” Or, you know, not so surprising.

Oh, and I should add: that Gran’pa Greenbax story is about a whole lot more than the uses and abuses of faith. It’s about man’s creations (tech and wealth) obscuring his heart’s true desire even as they approximate it. It’s about how even our sad little conceptions of the divine may still be aiming us toward the real thing. It’s about lots of things.

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Oopsie, Mr. Garrett. Gotta watch those links. Nice job blaming, though. Naughty technology! Later, he called the naughty linkage “an innocent mistake.” Well, sure – the mistake was innocent…