August 29th, 2007

just Chris

On Poverty, Maybe We're All Wrong

This article, On Poverty, Maybe We're All Wrong, suggests some things about poverty that seem obvious but which have been left out of both sides of the debate on how to solve it, both conservative and liberal:

"If you and everyone around you are desperately poor, maybe it's perfectly rational to think that an extra dollar or two won't make much of a difference in reducing your misery. Or that you won't be able to 'study' your way out of the ghetto. Or that if you find a $100 bill on the street, maybe it's logical to blow it on one great night on the town rather than portion it out a dollar a day for 100 days."

Steven Pearlstein concludes by writing, "Maybe it's time for liberals to regain the upper hand in the debate by arguing that the vicious cycle that needs to be broken isn't one of dependence but one of declining expectations."

Okay, so what's the answer, then, folks?


"The Empty Utopia" is revised, returned to editor, and ready to go!

Today I returned my edits for "The Empty Utopia" to ericreynolds of Hadley Rille Books, and coincidentally he just posted the table of contents for the upcoming Ruins: Extraterrestrial anthology of original fiction. Here's the gorgeous cover:

Cover art copyright (c) Guillaume Le Tual.

The book will be out very shortly, sez Eric, and I'll announce when I hear more. By the way, this is the same publishing house that just put out Visual Journeys: A Tribute to Space Art (available on Amazon and now - for you Lawrence-area folks - also in the Oread Bookstore on campus). Eric also edited Golden Age SF: Tales of a Bygone Future, with many fine works by authors such as Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter, Terry Bisson, Tobias S. Buckell, James Gunn, G. David Nordley, Mike Resnick, and Robert Sheckley.

So without further ado, Collapse )

This Hadley Rille Books is a publisher to watch, sez I!