Jul. 12th, 2006

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For your reading pleasure:

  • [livejournal.com profile] nancylebov writes about her discovery of the unique idyll that is the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna. I'm not sure how portable that region's social model is to regions which don't share its distinctive history, but it's certainly worth noting.

  • Via [livejournal.com profile] dsgood, a blogger's happy experience listening to a Geoff Ryman lecture in London on the nature of the genre of science fiction and what it should be, engaging with the world in some recognizable form. It's a contestable thesis as [livejournal.com profile] dsgood notes, but I'm strongly inclined to accept its validity.

  • [livejournal.com profile] gareth_wilson imagines what a (broadly-defined) Earth-like planet orbiting an old metal-poor star like Barnard's Star would be like.

  • Via [livejournal.com profile] landsmand, Peter Klauser's "Principles of the American Cargo Cult". Granted that these false principles aren't only American, being common to most every mass-consumptiuon society out there, this makes them all the more relevant.

  • [livejournal.com profile] imomus reflects on the recent death and long slow decline of Syd Barrett and its implications for popular music.

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