"Joy and pleasure are as real as pain and sorrow and one must learn what they have to teach. . . ." -- Sean Russell, from Gatherer of Clouds

"If you're not having fun, you're not doing it right." -- Helyn D. Goldenberg

"I love you and I'm not afraid." -- Evanescence, "My Last Breath"

“If I hear ‘not allowed’ much oftener,” said Sam, “I’m going to get angry.” -- J.R.R. Tolkien, from Lord of the Rings

Sunday, November 20, 2022

About green Man Review

I have an excuse: I ws in the hospital and then the site was down but, better late than never:
SF from G. Willow Wilson, R F Kuang, Emery Robin, Everina Maxwell, Larry Niven, and some detective fiction; Persepolis; Vonnegut-inspired jazz, English and Welsh folk music, Balkan music; truly bad candy; some Tolkieniana, and more
So there it is, so scoot on over and enjoy catcching up.

Sunday, October 30, 2022

It's Halloween at Green Man Review

Of course this issue is devoted to this very special holiday:
Spooks galore! Stephen King, Ellen Datlow, William Gibson; Halloween on screen; bad Dracula; Singing Bones, Metallica on cellos, scary chocolates and more
So trick on over and treat yourself to some tasty reviews.

Sunday, October 16, 2022

Catching Up With Green Man Review

I even left myself a reminder and still blipped on updating you on GMR, so you get two ediitins to peruse this tmie.

First from October 2:

Contradance music and Arabian fuzz, William Gipson redux, military SF and horror, soul cake, and more
And then today's edition, titled smply "Auutumn is Really Here".

So click over and enjoy.

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Back on Track at Green Man Review

Yes, GMR is back up and there's even a new edition:
Our Elizabeth Bear edition, plus some de Lint on film and in comics, contemporary raga, lots of traditional fiddle music and a Bert Jansch tribute, and of course dragons and chocolate . . .
So skip right over and get ready for some good reading.

Friday, September 16, 2022

Today in Disgusting People

This one just floored me, although I supposse I shoulnd't have been surprised -- Fox has been getting even worse, if you can imagine such a thing. From Media Matters, via Joe.My.God.:
GREG GUTFELD (CO-HOST): I do have a solution and it’s a progressive solution. Give the homeless what they want because there is no way you can have a conversation with them.

You can’t reason with the unreasonable. Give them what they want but not in the city. The city allows this to happen. Move them out onto government property and let them run it.

Camp away. Give them the autonomy to truly run their lives into the ground. Harm each other. Don’t harm us anymore.

That’s the only thing you can do because it can’t get any worse than it is now. You got to move them to a place where they can live their lives.

JESSE WATTERS (CO-HOST): So federally funded opium dens where the homeless can kill each other.

GUTFELD: And I volunteer as mayor. I will be mayor of opium town.

The only thing that comes to mind is "morallly bankrupt". That, and "overt Naziism", but the two really go hand-in-hand.

There's video at the link, if yoou can stand it.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Green Man Review is Back

Looks like our host ha resolved their issues but the latest edition is August 21st:
Summer Queen SJ ‘Sooj’ Tucker including her performing ‘Ravens in the Library’, Swedish folk music, Matt Wagner’s Grendel and a wee bit more.
Click on over and catch up.

Wednesday, August 31, 2022


That's how many trees there were in Chicago as of 2019, according to the US Department of Agriculture. I had a hard time believing that myself, and did a spot check. On the half-block where i Live there are cose to thirty trees in the [arkway and in yards. This is a short sstretch with three parking lots.

Between 2000 and 2010, the City planted about half a million trees. I've notice another surge in tree planting jut in the parts of Lincoln Park that I pass on the bus. In one stretch between Diversey Harbor and Belmont there are ovr two dozen nenw trees. That's only about half a mile.

Chicago s rapidly becoming The City in a Forest.

A Note on Green Man Review

I actually remembered to do an udpate post on Green Man Review. Unfortuntely, our host is having issues, and the site is inaccessible. When an upate is possible, I'll do one.