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Setsuled Setsuled Jul 14, 2019 at 18:33.

Deborah Looks for Work and Dekpa Remembers Plunder

Deborah Looks for Work and Dekpa Remembers Plunder

There’s a new chapter of my infrequently updated web comic, Dekpa and Deborah, online to-day. Deborah brings matters between herself and her family to a conclusion, of sorts, and frets about it. Enjoy!

Happy Birthday to Frank Morgan, Marilyn Monroe, Jonathan Pryce, and, of course, Robert Newton.

Twitter Sonnet #1241

The floating ground was light as packing thoughts.
Surroundings blank as boards...

Setsuled Setsuled Jul 12, 2019 at 12:43.

Deborah Milton by the Thames

Deborah Milton by the Thames

Happy Father’s Day, everyone. There’s a new chapter of my infrequently updated web comic, Dekpa and Deborah, online. In this chapter, Deborah’s father is very much on her mind. Enjoy.

Also, Happy Birthday to Setsuko Hara and M.C. Escher.

Setsuled Setsuled Jul 11, 2019.

The Milton Sisters, Together Again

The Milton Sisters, Together Again

There’s a new chapter of my infrequently updated webcomic, Dekpa and Deborah, online. We finally meet Mary Milton, Deborah’s sister, and Dekpa’s English is improved. Happy Labour Day.

Also, Happy Birthday to Kitty Carlisle and Alan Ladd.

Setsuled Setsuled Jul 11, 2019.

Milton, Milton, and Milton v Milton and Milton

Milton, Milton, and Milton v Milton and
Milton

Those interested in canon court matters may be pleased to find my infrequently updated webcomic, Dekpa and Deborah, has its first new chapter since September. Over five months! I’m determined to get the next chapter out much quicker. This one was delayed by a lot of time spent writing a research paper. This particular chapter, and the one before it, required some research though I did most of...

Setsuled Setsuled Jul 10, 2019.

Dekpa Remembers Dahomey and John Milton

Dekpa Remembers Dahomey and John Milton

A new chapter of my infrequently updated web comic, Dekpa and Deborah, is now online. Inspiration for this chapter came from literary critic William Empson’s 1961 book on Paradise Lost called Milton’s God. This bit:

“ . . . the poem is not good in spite of but especially because of its moral confusions, which ought to be clear in your mind when feeling its power. I think it horrible and...

Setsuled Setsuled Jul 10, 2019.

All About Eve

All About Eve

God is great, Eve is beautiful but unintelligent, Adam is a paragon of integrity, Satan is the epitome of evil. Whether or not any of these things are true in Paradise Lost, they are ideas presented by characters in the works to be taken as true or as believed by those characters. So the fundamental conflict is a conflict of perception. Eve might be vain but so is everyone else. As the quote...

Setsuled Setsuled Jul 09, 2019.

Books and Stories, Read and Read

Books and Stories, Read and Read

On Sunday I read the new Sirenia Digest which contained an exceptionally beautiful story from Caitlin R. Kiernan, a story she wrote in 2009 for an anthology in tribute to Robert Silverberg and his novella Nightwings. I’ve never read Silverberg but if his work is anything like “The Jetsam of Disremembered Mechanics”, Caitlin’s story, I’d very much like to. Set apparently in a distant future...

Setsuled Setsuled Jul 07, 2019.

Eternal Darkness

Eternal Darkness

“The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art’s aim. The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things.”
-Oscar Wilde from the Preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray

Who is John Milton in Paradise Lost? Is he Satan, is he God, is he the narrator? Is he anyone? The question provoked by the...

Setsuled Setsuled Jul 07, 2019.

Dekpa Sees Reason in the Beast

Dekpa Sees Reason in the Beast

The next chapter (really Chapter 1 since the first was the Prologue) of The Devils Dekpa and Deborah is online. I also revamped the main site a bit.

The action goes to West Africa and you finally get to meet Dekpa. Enjoy.

Setsuled Setsuled Jul 05, 2019.

For Trees are Not Dead Things

For Trees are Not Dead Things

I read the new Sirenia Digest this morning which contains an excellent new story from Caitlin R. Kiernan, “Metamorphosis C”. In her prolegomenon, she discusses how it’s a follow-up to “A” and “B” from 2006 but I found myself thinking of it as a followup to last month’s exceptional story in the Digest, “Which Describes a Looking-Glass and the Broken Fragments”. Both beautifully construct a...

Setsuled Setsuled Jul 03, 2019.

Think of the Devil To-day

Think of the Devil To-day

Happy Christmas (Eve), everyone. My present to you on the day before the supposed day of Christ’s birth is a pair of devils—my new comic is finally online:

Here’s the description I wrote for DriveThru Comics:

Some who rebel against their monarchs are put to death, some are exiled, some are forgotten, while some are paradoxically rewarded. It’s a confusing world, whether you’re a West African...

Setsuled Setsuled Jun 29, 2019.

Alien: Paradise Lost Lost

Alien: Paradise Lost Lost

Why did it take me so long to see Alien: Covenant? I suppose because my friends who saw it seemed disappointed and the response to it otherwise seems to be lukewarm. The negative reaction to Prometheus seemed better because it was the kind of whining you hear from fans when a movie did something right and it was out of their comfort zones. Now Ridley Scott, the pushover that he is, gave the...

Setsuled Setsuled Jun 13, 2019.

Yellow Paint Fell on Asphalt

Yellow Paint Fell on Asphalt

Put your abdomen in the air like you just don’t care. I almost stepped on this guy when I was walking back from the trolley to my car yesterday.

There’s so much interesting wildlife at that trolley station. Mostly squirrels.

I didn’t think there were any squirrels about that day until I suddenly noticed this one coolly observing me from just a few feet away.

Time to eat leaves.

I failed to do...

Setsuled Setsuled Jun 05, 2019.

The Paternal Hand to Push Us Down

The Paternal Hand to Push Us Down

Three books into the old King Jim now, I just finished Leviticus last night, the one infamous for two passages where God condemns homosexuality:

Leviticus 18:22: "Thou shalt not lie with mankinde, as with womankinde: it is abomination."

However, the vast majority of Leviticus is really complicated instructions on how and when to sacrifice livestock to God and what to do with all the blood. ...

Setsuled Setsuled Feb 14, 2019.

By March or Train, by Word or Thought

By March or Train, by Word or Thought

Choosing a life of unyielding virtue may seem only a matter of choice and dedication, particularly to the young. But as George Eliot demonstrates in her great, 1871 novel Middlemarch, the difficulties involved in such an endeavour entail more than self-denial and resolve. The difficulties consist in shifting goal posts, the nature of virtue as its defined in one’s own mind contrasted with its...

Setsuled Setsuled Jan 08, 2019. 1 comments

Comus at the Window

Comus at the Window

A young woman moves into her new husband’s enormous ancestral estate and is almost immediately beset by a malevolent supernatural force. It’s 1973's And Now the Screaming Starts, and it certainly does, and recurs at every opportunity. Despite the cheesy title, director Roy Ward Baker establishes a wonderfully effective gothic atmosphere in this film from Amicus. It’s also a film with an...

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Setsuled Setsuled Sep 20, 2018.

Through Fog and River

Through Fog and River

It’s a windy, rainy day here in San Diego, a good day to stay in and read Frankenstein. Or even a pirate adventure, like to-day’s new chapter of my infrequently updated webcomic, The Devils Dekpa and Deborah. We find our heroines further on their journey to Chatham despite a thick fog. Enjoy.

Happy birthday, Lola Montez.

To behold the wand’ring moon,
Riding near her highest noon,
Like one that...

Setsuled Setsuled May 03, 2018.

"I Chew Pitch Gum"

"I Chew Pitch Gum"

Catherine Coulson, who died yesterday, in her best known role as the Log Lady from Twin Peaks, discussing the meaning of dreams and an in between state. And she’s talking about a quality of mystery that is essential to art and which many people who aren’t artists can’t understand. In the class I’m taking now on John Milton, I’ve been surprised to see how many of the students...

Setsuled Setsuled Apr 28, 2018.

Falstaff, the Birth of Science, and Deborah Milton

Falstaff, the Birth of Science, and
Deborah Milton

Happy Christmas, everyone. My gift to you is not one but two new chapters of my infrequently updated web comic, Dekpa and Deborah. That’s for a total of seventeen new full colour pages. They’re set in November 1674 but there’s plenty of snow to give it a Christmasy feel. Also, there’s a cameo from a merry old fat man with a white beard. Enjoy!

Setsuled Setsuled Apr 05, 2018.

The Notorious Deborah Milton

The Notorious Deborah Milton

A new chapter of my infrequently updated webcomic, Dekpa and Deborah, is online to-day in which one of our heroines hatches a scheme with dubious ethical support.

With this chapter the comic is now at over 100 pages.

Happy Birthday, Peter Sellers, Patsy Cline, Aimee Mann, Neko Case, and Martin Freeman.

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