Framing the Dialogue

Archive for March, 2019

Blue Devil On Defense

In yet another attack on controversial mascots, the Duke Blue Devil has been put in the crosshairs of a group claiming the devil is hurtful.  Lucifer Smythe, a demon from the blue man coven, said recently, “Everytime I watch college hoops I gotta see this oversized Blue Devil on television.  I find this representation of my blue devilish heritage offensive!”  Asked whether he and the other two members of his coven were going to file a lawsuit he answered, “We’ve been in touch with the Southern Poverty Law Center and the ACLU and they think we may have a case. I’d like to give Duke a chance to fix this without going to court, though I’d like to make some money out of this.”

The Martian: A Novel

“For the record…I didn’t die on Sol 6. Certainly the rest of the crew thought I did, and I can’t blame them. Maybe there’ll be a day of national mourning for me, and my Wikipedia page will say, “Mark Watney is the only human being to have died on Mars.” And it’ll be right, probably. ’Cause I’ll surely die here. Just not on Sol 6 when everyone thinks I did.”

Invisible Man

“am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids—and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. Like the bodiless heads you see sometimes in circus sideshows, it is as though I have been surrounded by mirrors of hard, distorting glass. When they approach me they see only my surroundings, themselves, or figments of their imagination—indeed, everything and anything except me.”

Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don’t Matter

What happens when you combine one of my favorite cartoonists, a heated election, and a prediction of a Trump victory.  In Win Bigly, author Scott Adams tells the story of how he predicted very early on that Donald Trump would win the election.  It is very unusual for someone famous to appear to side with Trump or any Republican for that matter.  Before Adams got too far into the book, he did take some time to establish his politics…I guess you’d call him Libertarian-ish.

A Haunting Homicide

I purchased this Halloween Cozy Mystery Boxed Set as they are often just as advertised…cozy, not too intense, but a nice read.  This four box set sat in my queue for a while, months actually before I started the series.  The first novel, Calamity Jayne and the Haunted Homecoming was the only book that I read.  It was just okay for me so I didn’t read any of the other books.

In this story a reporter gets a tip about a famous author returning to her roots.  This reclusive author seem to take her privacy to the extreme…working only through her assistant with emphatic “no”s.