June 10th, 2011



M.'s birthday week continues apace. Last night was dinner at a tasty tapas restaurant near Gallery Place/Chinatown. Will definitely make my way back up there again. Conveniently close to the Metro station. The whole area was infused with the crowds heading to the Verizon Center to see the Glee Live! show, which was entertaining.

After some discussion, and some creative driving, we swung by Revolution. The new place is nice, but once again, highly underpopulated. I sincerely feel the scene is getting too old for clubbing on a weeknight. We had fun, mind you, and I'm glad we went. But still.

Now, to try and stay awake throughout the work day. Tomorrow, the big bash at our place. Sunday, celebrating with her family.


NATO, health care realism, and Swamp Thing

* Good read: Ezra Klein on facing the facts on health care.
* Refugees from unrest in Syria flood into Turkey.
* Why Yemen matters.
* Secretary Gates predicts a split from NATO.
* Follow-up: no real action taken on DHS report on right-wing extremism.
* 'Breaking the war powers stalemate.'
* Interesting: bad news for China's next generation.
* Why do people believe in secret cabals?
* Comics Everybody: The history of Swamp Thing explained.


rock on

"As a child, I read because books – violent and not, blasphemous and not, terrifying and not – were the most loving and trustworthy things in my life. I read widely, and loved plenty of the classics so, yes, I recognized the domestic terrors faced by Louisa May Alcott's March sisters. But I became the kid chased by werewolves, vampires, and evil clowns in Stephen King's books. I read books about monsters and monstrous things, often written with monstrous language, because they taught me how to battle the real monsters in my life.

"And now I write books for teenagers because I vividly remember what it felt like to be a teen facing everyday and epic dangers. I don’t write to protect them. It's far too late for that. I write to give them weapons – in the form of words and ideas - that will help them fight their monsters. I write in blood because I remember what it felt like to bleed."