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  1. dldelancey

    Donald Trump

    My favorite moment from that season of Big Brother... “I’m wearing that bitch’s shoes.” I’ll go back to lurking now.
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    Donald Trump

    Did you catch Omarosa on Celebrity Big Brother? She was entertaining.
  3. dldelancey

    What would Ayn Rand think of the MeToo Movement?

    I would expect so as well, but I wonder if she would have admitted as much.
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    Coach of the Year

    Things like this make me appreciate that my son’s current interests allow him endless respawns.
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    What would Ayn Rand think of the MeToo Movement?

    I think you summed it up nicely. Rand had some quirky ideas about sex, but I believe she would have felt about MeToo just as you described. However, I’m not following MSK on the priestess bit. It’s not him. I’ve had a string of blonde moments today. 😉
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    What would Ayn Rand think of the MeToo Movement?

    MSK, seems like you and Jonathan are in vehement agreement.
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    Real men don't read

    What is it With Boys and Reading? That article is an interesting read, pun intended. On YA readership being more heavily populated by girls, as MSK pointed out that shouldn't come as a surprise as adult readership is more heavily populated by women. On average, women read more than men. Some real life experience with my son and his friends (and supported by the research in the article above): It's harder for them to find YA books they relate to. Perhaps because authors are doing the same research Wolf and Korben have done and decided that boys don't read. It's harder for them to find books that fit their reading skills. Yeah, I'm being a sexist generalist here. Boys don't read as well as girls. It's probably less interesting for authors to dumb it down. It's harder for them to find books that fit their reading styles. Again, sexist generalist. Boys read differently than girls. My son won't sit for long hours at a time with a book. He might read 2 hours in a day, but it's in 10-15 minutes sittings. What to do? As a parent of a young male dyslexic: Give him the girl-focused YA books to read anyway. As long as the mushy stuff is not in your face, he's all good with it. Hunger Games and Divergent series are some of his favorites, both with prominent female leads and obviously geared towards girls. Go to the classics. Catcher in the Rye, Red Badge of Courage, The Outsiders. Seek out new classics. Brandon Sanderson's Reckoners series, the Hatchet series, - kickass boys, those. Let him read what others may deem age inappropriate. I consider Dan Brown, James Patterson, and Clive Cussler mediocre writers, but they tend to write in simple terms and have very short chapters, perfect for reading in small bites. Don't underestimate what will fascinate him. Clancy bores me to tears, and honestly I don't know how he slogs through it, but it's interesting enough to my boy that he will stick with it. Also, he thinks it makes him better at the video game. :-)
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    Early Onset Empty Nest Syndrome

    You're the only person I allow to call me Didi. I've missed you.
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    Real men don't read

    Comments like this on this forum really baffle me. I have to wonder what, if any, young people you folks are hanging out with. My 13-year-old and his cohort are voracious readers. And they read actual books, with real paper pages which even I rarely do anymore. It isn't a rare phenomenon, either. My son's friends read The Outsiders this school year and were practically obsessed by it. I bought my son a t-shirt with the slogan Stay Gold Ponyboy. He wears it everywhere, and kids from all over react to it. Kids read. They even like it.
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    Early Onset Empty Nest Syndrome

    It has recently been brought to my attention that lurking and drive by posting might be considered rude. Also, I have been requested to spread around a little estrogen. Given that I have about 2.4 minutes of downtime during my average day and that wading into posts with hundreds or even thousands of replies is both intimidating and daunting… here’s something new from me on a topic that I occasionally feel almost but not quite confident about. Last summer, as my son approached his 13th birthday, I braced myself for him to become what everyone told me was going to be a stranger who rages at me and at the world. That stranger hasn’t shown up yet, and we’re ~1 month from age 14. So, I don’t know what’s happening. My kid is independent and self-sufficient, an introverted deep thinker who gets in trouble for talking about Schrodinger’s Cat at school (some kid reported him for killing cats). Everyone says I must be doing something wrong because my child doesn’t hate me. Honestly, I’m just wondering what the hell do I do now that I’m apparently almost done raising him. I expected the teenage years to be filled with angst. I didn’t realize that the angst would be mine.
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    Real men don't read

    Not to beat a dead horse, but you could have had at least one young male reader had you not insulted his mother, the buyer of his books and the enforcer of daily reading time. He enjoys at least 75% of his reading list. Who knows. You might have been part of the 75%. Either way, at least one of your books would have ended up being read by a dude and then donated to a library. Avoiding alienation of potential readers really doesn't require all that much schmoozing or marketing.
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    Robert Bidinotto on How to Write a Thriller

    Thanks for the review, doc. I've been trying to decide if I'll skip this installment. I was beyond over Hunter and Annie in the last book. I don't know if I can stomach the engagement.
  13. "Come back, little DiDi" !


    Your friend, 

    William Inge

    1. dldelancey


      I lurk from time to time.  :-)

    2. caroljane


      one thing I notice after looong absence, this site needs more estrogen, and I am now 214! Consider your duty to the yinyang balance girl- the planet needs you.

    3. dldelancey


      HAHAHA.  Oh, I've missed you.

  14. Really? Since when does paying taxes make us all slaveholders? When I'm on the clock at my civilian job, do the shareholders of my company own me? I think not.
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    Ayn Rand And The End Of Love

    My child is a boy. He has friends who are boys and girls, from the private school he attended K-6 and from the public school he now attends in grade 7. I am familiar with Ariana Grande's work, including Side to Side. She is not a child, and that song is not meant for children. What "passes for literature" in my son's reading and English classes as a 7th grader includes The Christmas Carol, The Outsiders, A Wrinkle in Time, the Horizon series, Brandon Sanderson's YA novels, The Princess Bride, among many other books that both he and I enjoy. I don't discount that sexuality is everywhere around children. It most definitely is. But there is a difference between "what they are being taught and [what they] are exposed to all the time." No one is teaching my son or any of his friends to have sex until they're sore (the meaning behind Side to Side). That song isn't meant to teach. My son hearing it doesn't teach him anything except that maybe women are as capable of sensuality as men are. What I think you're actually taking exception to is a lack of teaching. The kind that is not supposed to happen in school or in entertainment, but in the home.