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Armchair theorist, poet, and occasional IT manager, Sascha B. is equipped with a Master's Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas, and is not afraid to use it. His work has been published by the University Press of America, Edwin Mellen Press, University of Texas Press, and a variety of small journals nationwide. He is also the proprietor and baker for 3141 Pie, of which you should eat many.

The Deal

I stopped blogging in 2013, when life overtook me. My father became ill and died shortly thereafter, and my mother was left with increasing dementia. I became the primary caregiver, and now orchestrate my mother's care and our family estate.

Now, I am coming up for air again.

Looking for the next book to read. All suggestions welcome.

My reading list is over here.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Jindal's Audition Response

Well, TPM puts the best word on the blather that Jindal is putting out:

This is really bad. Not only misrepresenting nearly everything noted, but not addressing a single issue raised tonight by the President. Sheesh.

More Wrap Up

Some reader comments over at Sullivan. I have to say I agree with them all.

Now, I'm on tenterhooks waiting to hear the GOP response from "I'll just line-item veto this shite" Jindal.


obama photo: courtesy ny times
I just finished listening to the President's speech on the economy (and more). Once again, I come away impressed, pleased, and somewhat bewildered that this man is really our president. He was clear and he was direct: Energy, health care, and education. Recognition of costs---of the war, of rebuilding the economy, of our lifestyle.

There was reassurance, and there was concrete proposal. There was also an obnoxious reluctance by 90% of the republican side of the house to acknowledge what was happening. Call me partisan, but their seated silent stoicism to everything that addressed our national profligacy and any attempt to correct it was simply absurd.

And through the whole thing, I kept thinking to myself: "I don't know why, but I believe this man." I'm not sure he can make this all happen, but I don't think there could have been a more effective appeal for those who might not try.

The Chron Goes Down

It looks like we are about to lose our local paper.

I don't love the SF Chronicle, but it is the only reasonable news outlet in this city (the SF Examiner claims to be another, but its current incarnation is little more than wire clipping, sports news, and C-list right-wing gossip columns).

I hope this is just a deep wound, and not the death throes that it appears.

Sunday, February 22, 2009


A beautiful quote from Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury:
Sexual fidelity is akin to religious fidelity—“not an avoidance of risk, but the creation of a context in which grace can abound.”
Taken from a post by Sullivan, and totally out of context...but lovely, nonetheless. It almost sounds like Robertson Davies...Sexual intimacy as a context for grace, where grace can abound. It's a nice thought.