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It's hard to think of much of anything right now but the catastrophe unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico, the oil still spewing from the broken pipe five-thousand feet below the remains of the Deepwater Horizon. It's pretty much a given, at this point, that coastal ecosystems and economies from Louisiana to western Florida will be devastated. Now, I'm also seeing reports that the oil will likely enter the Gulf Stream and hit the beaches of eastern Florida, and that it may even affect much of the Eastern Seaboard. In theory, it could reach as far north as Rhode Island and Cape Cod. Humanity creates disaster that will, at least in the short term, leave scars on a geological scale. I cannot help in the wildlife rescue efforts, because I'm not there, and I have no money to donate to the efforts. And I loathe this feeling of helplessness, and the knowledge that I'm as much to blame for this nightmare as anyone else who uses gasoline and oil and plastic. My complicity is explicit.

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All of yesterday was spent getting Sirenia Digest #53 out. Reading and editing the two new stories, writing the "prolegomenon," laying out the issue, etc. If you're a subscriber you ought to have the issue by now, as it went out early last night. If you've not received it, email Spooky at crk(underscore)books(at)yahoo(dot)com and she'll fix you up. New subscribers always welcome. Here's the cover from #53:



Last night, we watched Wes Anderson's The Fantastic Mr. Fox, based on Roald Dahl's book. Another very wonderful film from Wes Anderson.

And there's also a photo I snapped yesterday, Hubero bathing on my desk while I was trying to work. It's behind the cut:





Photograph Copyright © 2010 by Caitlín R. Kiernan



And here's a very fine thing, a short (interactive) film using Arcade Fire's Black Mirror. I have to love anything that manages, simultaneously, to evoke Fritz Lang, Lovecraft, and Busby Berkeley.

And here's the link to the current eBay auctions. Please have a look. Thanks.

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robyn_ma
May. 2nd, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
The picture of Hubero reminds me of this.
mrs_ralph
May. 2nd, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
I'm not following the oil spill closely but it seems like they are responding to it awfully slowly as compared to other spills down through the years. I hope this won't be another levee failure scenario...I don't think anyone could handle that.
greygirlbeast
May. 2nd, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)

I'm not following the oil spill closely but it seems like they are responding to it awfully slowly as compared to other spills down through the years. I hope this won't be another levee failure scenario...I don't think anyone could handle that.

My impression is that part of this stems from British Petroleum's lack of cooperation. Also, will note that the Secretary of the Interior has acknowledged that the scale of the disaster is likely beyond what technology is, essentially, capable of containing or cleaning up after. Which is probably true.
mrs_ralph
May. 2nd, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
It is pretty much beyond the scope of simple spill containment (I used to do pick up labour assembling floating containment systems) but I am surprised they are waiting for BP. Normally they would have called in the Civil Engineers and possibly the Coast Guard to help stop the leak itself and billed BP later. I feel like BP has a confict of interest when it comes to leaving it up to them to deal with this in any case. They need an organisation in there that doesn't have a financial interest so they can take the most expedient action instead of fiddle farting around trying to fgure out how to stop the leak without damaging profits.
nathan_long
May. 2nd, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC)
Yay for Howard Pyle. One of my favorite painters. Nice choice!
greygirlbeast
May. 2nd, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)

Yep. I adore Pyle.
egologic
May. 3rd, 2010 05:06 pm (UTC)
http://www.delart.org/collections/pyle_illus/index.html

Delaware's not so far from Rhode Island. And in the same general area is Longwood Gardens, Winterthur, Nemours and the Brandywine River Museum (with their collection of Wyeth family paintings including N.C. who was a student of Pyle's).
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