Three Developments

“The twentieth century has been characterized by three developments of great political importance: the growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy. “ — Alex… Read More ›

Baby Dingo

“Valkyrie walked to the back door, which hadn’t been closed properly, shut it and locked it. There was now a baby in the house, after all. She couldn’t take the chance that a wild animal might wander in and make… Read More ›


It’s something that everyone seems to unconsciously agree on: Looking young is not only good and desirable but necessary, at almost ant cost. The underlying agreement is that aging and the later stages of life are not good. — Ellen… Read More ›

Getting Old

America is collectively terrified of getting old. It’s almost too obvious to say that few people want to look middle-aged, and no-one wants to look as if they’re over forty. — Ellen Steiber in Tall, Dark and…Thirsty? from A New Dawn edited… Read More ›


…fantasy or not, it’s unsettling for a teenage girl to lose herself so much in her boyfriend that she can only think of protecting him if he should kill her. — Anne Ursu in My Boyfriend Sparkles from A New… Read More ›


Bella’s specialness is tied up in the strength of her love, and the love she evokes in return, and like all classic heroes, this shapes her loss as well as her destiny. Not [sic] matter what she does, Bella seems… Read More ›


Commitment: verb, female: A desire to get married and raise a family; verb, male: not trying to chat up other women while out with one’s wife or girlfriend. — Allan & Barbara Pease in Why Men Lie and Women Cry

Living Death

At the end of New Moon we wonder: Will they be permanently united in living death, as Bella plans? Or is their fate to love and lose each other, which would be, as Bella has already experienced, another kind of… Read More ›

Star-cross’d Lovers

“A pair of star-cross’d lovers” (Romeo and Juliet prologue), Edward and Bella were fated to fall in love. — Rosemary Clement-Moore in Romeo, Ripley, and Bella Swan from A New Dawn edited by Ellen Hopkins


While working as a child advocate in a nonpsychic [sic] context, I was able to talk with some parents of missing children who had previously used psychics for help. I was dumfounded at what they had been told by these… Read More ›


It’s a depressing  measure of the scale of the sex abuse scandal engulfing the Catholic Church that news of a priest preying on a child is no longer shocking. —Madison Magazine p53 Related articles Aussie Paper: Pope Quit Over Sex… Read More ›


Some of the best things in life are free? Well so are some of the worst, and I don’t see anyone throwing a party when they get cancer. -Maddox


“Sadly, the world’s need for heroes includes, as a rule, the need for heroes’ deaths.” —Rosamond Siemon in ‘The Eccentric Mr Wienholt’


Despite Edwards worries, Bella never has a doubt that she loves him, and wants to be with him, even though predator versus prey trumps Montague versus Capulet by anyone’s measure. — Rosemary Clement-Moore in Romeo, Ripley, and Bella Swan from… Read More ›

Joke offense

You can choose to feel offended because someone tells a joke that says anyone from your country is stupid. That doesn’t mean they are stupid and even if you agree that they are, abusing the joke-teller won’t make them any… Read More ›


Edward brings new meaning and intensity to the word remorse. — Susan Vaught in A Very Dangerous Boy from A New Dawn edited by Ellen Hopkins


But what makes Edward so damn addictive is not his undeadness. It’s his abiding humanity. — Ellen Hopkins in To Twilight or Not to Twilight from A New Dawn edited by Ellen Hopkins


Being offended is a choice. Others can’t offend you — you choose to be offended. — Allan & Barbara Pease in Why Men Lie and Women Cry


…every time there is a tragedy, it will invariably spawn its own set of jokes. Allan & Barbara Pease in Why Men Lie and Women Cry


Societies that chase easy money, like many-headed savages driven to indulgent lust by the sweet sniff of blood, quickly forget about any pretense of civility. They lose first their manners and then their minds. — Dan Jones in Bursting Bubbles,… Read More ›


Osama bin Laden has 53 brothers and sisters, 13 wives, 28 children and is worth over $300 million. But he hates Americans because of their excessive lifestyles. — Allan & Barbara Pease in Why Men Lie and Women Cry


Old Gentleman: “Look ‘ere, me young bantam, I saw football played 30 years ago, afore you was born.” “That wasn’t football,” says the bantam, “that was civil war in them days, and they threw in a football to make it… Read More ›


‘Willie,’ the teacher asked the new pupil, ‘do you know your alphabet?’ ‘Yes, miss,’ answered Willie.’ ‘Well, then,’ continued the teacher, ‘what letter comes after A?’ ‘All the rest of them.’ — Herbert V Prochnow & Herbert V Prochnow Jr…. Read More ›