julianaTV has asked us to identify with a lot of antiheroes—mob bosses, teachers turned drug kingpins, Soviet-era spies who kill sweet old ladies—but embracing genocidal war criminals feels like a bridge too far. Even worse, Season 2 of The Man in the High Castle vilifies the resistance. It’s like they remade Casablanca, but focused on the problems of Colonel Strasser, and they made Victor Lazlo a self-righteous doofus.  Plus Juliana is now some kind of crazy superhero with a role to play in every single time frame and all her idiotic decisions save the world.

And that is the elevator version of my Season 2 Review up at The Agony Booth, but you should read the whole thing for yourself. Plus too, the book is better.

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Marion on December 13, 2016

exorcist-9-pantylineJust like a certain, soon to be leader of the free world, Demon Angela acts like a spoiled brat, but really just wants respect — and obedience, and to make people kneel down and kiss her feet, and to bang her daughter. Join me for this week’s recap of The Exorcist, S1 – E9, 162 over at that salon of cultural excellence, The Agony Booth, where comments and discussion would be most welcome.

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Marion on November 27, 2016

The better-half comes home from getting a haircut and tells me how his barber is taking online Russian lesson through some outfit called Got Classes. (That’s not their real name, but you’ll understand the alias later.) He says to me, “Why don’t you check them out? Maybe you could teach English online.”

This was more than a gentle hint. See, I quit the last job, which was in many ways the perfect “part time” gig at a nearby community based organization, except no matter how hard I tried, part time always became full time, and I wanted to spend more time writing. However, three years later, neither the novel or novella I’d produced during my hiatus, were offering me enough in royalties to buy more than a monthly latte at Starbucks, and that would be on a good month, nor was I living large on Read the rest of this entry »

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Marion on November 21, 2016

exorcist-8-money-shotThis week on The Exorcist — The Griefbearers:  Father Tomas makes some dumb calls, and Father Marcus goes along, probably because he’s exhausted or bedazzled by Tomas’ good looks, or possibly under the influence of Satan. We say good-bye to at least one, but maybe two supporting players. Casey’s exorcism is completed but it didn’t exactly go as planned, and it looks like the Rance family will be moving to Canada but not for the same reason as tens of millions of their compatriots.

You can read my detailed and astute recap over at The Agony Booth, and you can thank me by at least checking out one of my books on Amazon. YOU’RE WELCOME!

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Marion on November 18, 2016

palm-trees-brookfieldAt this moment, I’m sitting in New York’s Winter Garden, across the street from One World Trade. It was the first place to be rebuilt after 9/11. It’s difficult to believe that was fifteen years ago. And everyone who was in New York will tell you how extraordinarily beautiful the weather was, and that it was a Tuesday. There was no hint of the coming catastrophe. Workers showed up, piling into their cubicles as usual. There were warnings, which were ignored by W and Condaleeza, but we, the people, didn’t know anything about that.

Today is a little colder than that morning was. Of course it’s November already. Almost Thanksgiving. It’s nearly lunch time. Office workers are window shopping on a break, or walking through on their way to the food court. Tourists are taking pictures. There aren’t many homeless people here, Read the rest of this entry »

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