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Nothing Ever Dies on the Internet

I’m still playing ketchup with nablopomo, which sounds a bit like something you’d order in a Mexican restaurant, doesn’t it? You can read today’s post in Abu Dhabi’s newspaper, where I’m writing about the eternal conflict between innocence (my almost thirteen year old son) and experience (me, aka cynical mommy).  Youth and innocence wants to believe that his friends would never, ever spread anything of his across the internet. Cynicism …

Dave Eggers Has a New Book…and Big Brother look like a nice guy by comparison

I wrote a review of Dave Eggers’ new book, The Circle, for the newspaper here, and in their quest for space, the editors cut the first line of the review.  (I know–my deathless prose, snipped! Unbelievable.) Here’s the line: “I didn’t like Dave Eggers new book, but I can’t stop thinking about it.” And that’s the paradox: because as a novel, as a gripping story populated with characters we understand, …

a love affair

She was new to town, and lonely. Alone in the apartment, she found attractive strangers, willing to talk, willing to listen. There might have been some dancing around “real” identities but in the long run, no one involved cared much about actual names or addresses or employment. They were just all there together, looking for some kind of connection. There were long conversations, there were short notes; there were shared …

And a Happy Valentine’s To You, Too

So it was Valentine’s Day the other day, which on the elementary school level apparently translates to EAT CANDY. When did Valentine’s become a kind of red heart-shaped Halloween-esque sugar fest? Lest I overlook the dangers of too much sugar, my Firefox browser popped me a little memento mori: Well, shit. When you put it that way, I guess I could say no to polishing off that box of chocolates. …