One Night He Heard Screams


Back in college, WC was required to read Whitaker Chambers’ 1952 autobiography,¬†Witness. WC came to the book reluctantly. WC was a distant relative of Helen Gahagan Douglas, U.S. Representative from California, smeared by Richard Nixon as “The Pink Lady.” Whitaker Chambers contributed to that effort, and afterwards to the Pumpkin Papers political theater that made…

Elizabeth Moon: The Legacy of Gird


WC is an unapologetic reader of fantasy literature. In this post, WC looks at another set of stories set in Paksenarrion’s universe. Elizabeth Moon, through the Deed of Paksenarrion, these two stories and three of a projected five novels that follow the Paks trilogy, has created a vivid, complex and believable world, chronicling a span…

Elizabeth Moon: The Deed of Paksennarion


WC is an unapologetic reader of fantasy literature. There’s a lot of really bad fantasy literature, but there are some gems, too. The Deed of Paksennarion is a trade volume of Elizabeth Moon’s frist three novels, a fantasy following the life of Paksennarion Dorthansdotter. Published between 1992-1995, the story starts with Sheepfarmer’s Daughter, which tells…

A Prisoner of Its Own Invention


While the Alaska Legislature is wildly enthusiastic about creating ridiculously harsh sentences, and a presumptive sentencing system that can put repeat offenders in the slammer into their 80s, the Legislature is notoriously miserly about building prisons to house all those convicts. By preference, and when forced bycourt order to reduce overcrowding, the Legislature will warehouse…

Another Roadside Attraction


Not everyone should wear a bikini. Obviously: WC had absolutely nothing to do with creating this masterpiece. WC swears it. It was just there, on the east side of the road, driving south to Valdez. For those not familiar with the Richardson Highway, this is seriously in the middle of nowhere. The whole tree had…

Another Bad Idea from Tammie Wilson


Readers have likely already recognized that WC is not a fan of House Rep. Tammie Wilson (R. North Pole). But her latest effort, an attempt to abolish public food inspection services by the State, probably will go in the Guiness Book of World Record for Dumb Ideas. Wilson has introduced HB 202, which would abolish…