March 31st, 2011

Rock And Roll March Madness Sweet Sixteeen Last Day Of Voting

Asshole Of The Month

Rick Santorum claims he has figured out what's caused the Social Security shortfall.

It's abortion.

Seriously. He thinks that if abortion had not been legal for the past bunch of decades then all the extra people who would have been born would have been making enough contributions to save the system.

"The reason Social Security is in trouble is that we don’t have enough workers to support the retirees.

“Well, a third of of all the young people in America are not in America today because of abortion — because one-in-three pregnancies end in abortion.”

Feel the rage.

Because, you know unwanted children would all end up being tax paying responsible members of society. None of them would end up in prison or in situations like foster homes that would end up costing the government far more than they would ever contribute.

And, none of them would have any health care or other problems that would put a strain on the system. And the women who gave birth to them wouldn't have lower economic opportunities and therefore contribute less to the system.

What a turdbucket.

Angelology By Danielle Trussoni

A couple days ago I finished Angelology by Danielle Trussoni. It had been on sale in my local English language bookshop for a while and the owners kept trying to talk me into buying it because they thought I'd like it.

But, I kept resisting because the back cover compares it to Dan Brown and so much of Dan Brown stuff is complete shit that that wasn't really an awesome recommendation.

I finally gave in on a day when nothing else was inspiring me and I'm glad I did.

The funny thing is that Angelology is like Dan Brown - if Dan Brown was creative and knew how to write. The book makes it really easy to see exactly what is wrong with Dan Brown. There's nothing wrong with stories about neo-mystical puzzles as long as they are well written and interesting neo-mystical puzzles.

Trussoni gives you that in spades with a fascinating story that manages to combine angels, devils, Dionysus, the Rockefeller family and my old school, Bard College, into a really interesting tale.

She also manages the impossible, to make some of the basic tenants of hermeneutic theory not only understandable but also super fun. And, trust me, that's not an easy thing to do.

Part of her trick is that she actually has well drawn out characters rather then the stock characters that Brown creates and she has the characters do unexpected things that still make sense in the context of the characters themselves.

Everyone is three dimensional and realistic for the world she has created for them.

So, bottom line, if you want something that is like Dan Brown, but written by a serious writer who deserves you respect Angelology by Danielle Trussoni is a good bet.