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The Drowning Girl is a fictional memoir of madness, haunting and loss written by Caitlín R. Kiernan. The novel was published in 2012 by Roc Books (an imprint of Penguin). It was nominated the Nebula Award, the Locus Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, the British Fantasy Award, and the World Fantasy Award. It won the Tiptree Award and the Bram Stoker Award.

As you might suspect from all those award nominations, the novel is really damned good. I found something striking in nearly every paragraph. The pages are thick with my 3M flags (I still can’t bear to mark up a book). Trying to pick just one thing to focus on in my review was difficult, partly because it was like trying to pick the most valuable gold coin in a whole room full of dragon’s loot, and partly because trying to separate everything out in this complex narrative is like…

What is in the headspace of ad writers these days? More and more I am seeing ads which dissuade me from purchasing the wares advertised, essentially by telling me that this product will make your life miserable, or that this is a product for the kinds of idiots we showcase enjoying it. Of late, two in particular have exemplified this sense.

First, there's the latest Subaru ad, showing a dad offering his…

A Double Mutterer is an important adjunct to the belt driven power trains of machinery engineered during the late 19th century for the printing of newspapers. It is a sub-assembly of a cable driven system of Newtonian governors which presumably acts as a regulating servomechanism. The Double Mutterer's function is to moderate slack and thereby reduce horsepower drain and achieve fuel efficiency. When not properly functioning, unacceptable levels of component breakdown and…