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TOTALLY. The isolation of the main character, the way he's placed on the fringe... it's occurred to me that there's a total gay metaphor happening there. Hell, maybe that's part of why I connected with the book so strongly when I was younger? (Time to consult my therapist.)
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Definitely similar. I tried to find out of anti-gay groups have publicly rallied behind Card, and I haven't seen anything like that.
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Do you know about the Superman connection? I need to read up on this more, but apparently, DC hired Card to write for Superman, and then yanked the issues when they learned about all this.
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Ah, Chik-Fil-A. Yea, I know many people who walked away from the deliciousness. If we had any of them around here, I'm pretty sure I'd have an easier time turning my back on that franchise. Still not sure I can do it with this book, though. At the very least, it'll be a long time before I pick it up again.
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Well said as usual, TB. I hope you're right -- I hope I'll be able to read it again and appreciate it as much as ever. Normally, that wouldn't be a huge challenge for me, actually. This is different, obviously, because it's hitting me closer to where I live.
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I find myself in a bit of a dilemma today. When I was around 15 or so, I read Orson Scott Card’s masterpiece science fiction novel Ender’s Game. Being a big ol’ sci fi geek from way back, I was... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2013 at DadCentric
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Sounds like a great time, overall. Meanwhile, Homemaker Man and I got together at a nearby bar and talked shit about you guys the entire weekend.
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Thanks for the kind words, Laurie. And I agree: all things considered, we're lucky times are changing.
Toggle Commented Jan 29, 2013 on The Man in the Beige Windbreaker at DadCentric
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Thanks. I worked hard on those pots. Slaved over a hot kiln for hours.
Toggle Commented Jan 28, 2013 on The Man in the Beige Windbreaker at DadCentric
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I agree with you completely. His life might be better because of what he chose not to do, or be. It's easy to wave rainbow flags and urge everyone to come running out of their own closet, but who's to say what might have been best for that guy.
Toggle Commented Jan 28, 2013 on The Man in the Beige Windbreaker at DadCentric
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When I first came out of the closet two years ago, I attended a support group at the local LGBT center. I had just begun telling people, starting with my wife. I knew I was facing what might be one... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2013 at DadCentric
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As the token gay member of the DadCentric baseball team, I get to write reviews about any TV show or movie that’s about gay people, peripherally involves gay people, or mentions gay people in any way. Seriously, we had a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2012 at DadCentric
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San Diego’s annual Gay Pride weekend took place about a week ago. I wasn’t in town for the actual hoopla, but during the days leading up to the big event, my daughter the Mini-Pirate and I watched as the city... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2012 at DadCentric
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Remember: every bandage is a great story your kid will be able to tell later. Possibly to Child Protective Services, but still.
Toggle Commented Jul 26, 2012 on Caught Slipping at DadCentric
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The very idea of this whole dadblogger cage fight cracks me up. I don't like the fact that it happened, and yet I'm intrigued that the community is big enough and committed enough for it to take place at all. Thanks for the perspective, Doug.
Toggle Commented Jul 25, 2012 on Mountains, molehills, and orogenesis at Laid-Off Dad
Thanks for this, W. We're thinking about you all the time, man. It does us good to hear from you, whenever it happens.
Toggle Commented Jul 25, 2012 on Comfortable with the Uncomfortable at DadCentric
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Yea. Guilt is truly the chocolate sauce on the parenting sundae. I remember getting frustrated at Mini-P in the same situation, and not handling it so great. It sounds like you did just fine. PS. I also remember buying a shit-ton of Bribery Ice Cream to get her into the water. That's just the way it is sometimes.
Toggle Commented Jul 24, 2012 on Swim Lessons at DadCentric
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The best book about Summer that I ever read is Ray Bradbury's classic novel Dandelion Wine. I first read it when I was a kid, and I still try to pick up my yellowed dog-eared copy every year around this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2012 at DadCentric
That would certainly make for an interesting story. (Ahem.) Possibly tricky to pull off since these characters have all been around for 50 or 60 years. Plus, comics do have a history of rebooting characters and stories when they feel the need to do some serious refreshing for a new generation.
Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2012 on My Thoughts on Gay Green Lantern at DadCentric
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A friend emailed me over the weekend, with what he thought was major news. Dude! Did you hear? Green Lantern is gay! What do you think about that? That’s all the email said. This was a straight buddy of mine... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2012 at DadCentric
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Dude. I think you're tackling the Princess Syndrome perfectly. It sounds like your girl will be a Princess Who Kicks Ass. My daughter loved her princess costumes when she was little. Now, when she's using her imagination to play, she runs around the house with a bow, a quiver of arrows, and a take-no-prisoners expression. So fear not.
Toggle Commented May 23, 2012 on Subverting The Princess Myth at DadCentric
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Yes. Yes I am.
Toggle Commented May 23, 2012 on Single Dad Vs. The Kittens at DadCentric
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On a recent trip to the mall, my daughter dragged me into a pet store so we could "look at the animals." I know. Bad idea. Bad idea all over the place. But she really wanted to go in. She... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2012 at DadCentric
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This feels very, very familiar. And the most amazing part? The after part, where she bounces back, the skies calm, and dinner happens. Nice writing.
Toggle Commented May 9, 2012 on Annoyed at DadCentric
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He wrote many books. But there really is something magical about the one. It's the story about an unruly,ill-tempered boy in a wolf suit who grew mad at rules, at restrictions, at parents, at all the things that exerted control... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2012 at DadCentric