July 24, 2008

I Always Cry at Superhero Movies

This age wanted heroes. It got us instead. Tony Kushner

I always cry at superhero movies
Our hero, bitten by a radio-
Active wombat learns the sudden truth:
Her wombat powers are not just a fluke.
The crisis of the moment means that she
Must act, and no one else can do it.
She didn't choose her powers; they chose her.
What were they thinking when they chose her, though?
Those all-too-human shoulders are too frail
To bear the burden of the superhero.
I know that shocking moment all too well.
The desperate, drastic need for someone's help
But no one else is stepping up to act.
"I volunteer!" I didn't say that, did I?
Shit, I guess I'm doing something stupid
Theater-goers cheer when Wombat Girl
Suits up to fight the threat against the city.
The camera doesn't show the queasy gut,
The hands that slightly shake while zipping up
The hero's wombat suit, but I know better.
My diaphragm quivers. Down my cheeks slide tears.


Posted by abostick at 07:38 PM | Comments (1)

July 06, 2008

Thomas M. Disch 1940-2008

Thomas M. Disch
Thomas M. Disch 1940-2008
image source: Strange Horizons
Thomas M. Disch was found dead in his apartment in New York City, apparently a suicide. Quoth Ellen Datlow:
I've just found out that Tom Disch committed suicide in his apartment on July 4th. He was found by a friend who lives a few blocks away.

I'm shocked, saddened, but not very surprised. Tom had been depressed for several years and was especially hit by the death of his longtime partner Charles Naylor. He also was very worried about being evicted from the rent controlled apartment he lived in for decades.

Disch was one of science fiction's Greatest Generation, the cohort of writers that included Ursula Le Guin, Samuel R. Delany, Roger Zelazny, and Joanna Russ, who had been cultivated by editor Cele Goldsmith during her tenure as editor of Amazing Stories. Among his novels are 334, Camp Concentration, The Genocides, On Wings of Song, and The M.D.; and many of his stories are collected in Fundamental Disch.

I met him only once, twenty-six years ago, when he was guest of honor at Norwescon, just outside Seattle, in 1982. I remember Dick Lupoff interviewing him on the first night of the convention, and the chemistry between the two was phenomenal, making the interview a masterpiece of comedy. I was convulsed with laughter (and perhaps I should wonder what they thought of me).

NB: Ellen Datlow gives Disch's date of death as July 4; Wikipedia currently lists it without citation as July 2.


Posted by abostick at 03:45 PM | Comments (0)

Recent Entries
I Always Cry at Superhero Movies
Thomas M. Disch 1940-2008
Recent Comments
Zorak to I'm Going to Haiti to Do Earthquake Relief Work
Gary Carson to I'm Going to Haiti to Do Earthquake Relief Work
Serene to Poetry Does Not Exist
Stef to I Always Cry at Superhero Movies
enegim to Novelty Candy with a Kinky Bent
jeanneb to 2008 World Series of Poker Diary Days Thirteen and Fourteen
Debbie to 2008 World Series of Poker Diary Days Thirteen and Fourteen
sabyl to 2008 World Series of Poker Diary Days Nine and Ten
Alan Bostick to 2008 World Series of Poker Diary Days Nine and Ten
Debbie to 2008 World Series of Poker Diary Days Nine and Ten
By Month
April 2011
February 2010
November 2009
April 2009
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
November 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
December 2005
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
May 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004
September 2004
August 2004
July 2004
June 2004
May 2004
April 2004
March 2004
February 2004
January 2004
December 2003
November 2003
October 2003
September 2003
August 2003
July 2003
June 2003
May 2003
April 2003
March 2003
February 2003

By Category
News & Events

Master Archive List
Alan Bostick

Syndicate this site (XML)
Creative Commons License
This weblog is licensed under a Creative Commons License.
Powered by
Movable Type 2.63