Monthly Archives: August 2006

The Novel Is Killing Our Children

As a counterpoint to the current hysteria over video games, Wired has a great article about the hysterical reactions to various scourges of the past:

“The indecent foreign dance called the Waltz was introduced … at the English Court on Friday last … It is quite sufficient to cast one’s eyes on the voluptuous intertwining of the limbs, and close compressure of the bodies … to see that it is far indeed removed from the modest reserve which has hitherto been considered distinctive of English females. So long as this obscene display was confined to prostitutes and adulteresses, we did not think it deserving of notice; but now that it is … forced on the respectable classes of society by the evil example of their superiors, we feel it a duty to warn every parent against exposing his daughter to so fatal a contagion.”
– The Times of London, 1816

Cross Promotion

A friend reports getting the following e-mail from Amazon:

We’ve noticed that customers who have purchased The Government Manual for New Superheroes by Matthew David Brozik also purchased books by Christopher Behrens. For this reason, you might like to know that Christopher Behrens’s Penis Pokey is now available . You can order your copy by following the link below.

Penis Pokey
Christopher Behrens
Price: $9.95
(June 1, 2006)

August lull

Apologies for the lull in posting. I’ve got a script due at the end of the month, and it’s keeping me very busy.

How To Make Tortillas

A common complaint of Americans in London (especially those Americans who used to live in the Southwest) is that it is impossible to get good Mexican food here.

As proof, I submit the following “Recipe suggestion,” copied verbatim from the back of the tortilla wraps we bought at Tesco (an English grocery store chain):

Fill 2 wraps with shredded lettuce or mixed leaves and then top with the following. Wrap and serve.