Delenda Est Carthago

Why not delve into a twisted mind? Thoughts on the world, history, politics, entertainment, comics, and why all shall call me master!

Location: Mesa, Arizona, United States

I plan on being the supreme dictator of the country, if not the world. Therefore, you might want to stay on my good side. Just a hint: ABBA rules!


I'm in a giving mood again, so it's Contest Time!

I have a lot to be happy about, I know, even though I bitch about a chunk of stuff. Norah is perfectly healthy, even though this week she has been feeling under the weather, Mia is doing fine and working hard and making progress, and all is pretty okay in the world. I have a lot to celebrate this summer: Norah's birth, Mia's third birthday (on 30 August), my eleventh wedding anniversary, and the anniversary of the day I met my lovely wife (26 August). With that in mind, and because I haven't had a contest in a few months, and because Krys went back to work and we will actually have a little bit more money around here, I decided to give stuff away again.

This time, since I don't really rant about comics here anymore, I won't be giving away all comics. But I am giving away one, and this is it:

Superman: It's a Bird ... by Steven T. Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen. I don't think it's a stretch to say that this is the best Superman story ever, simply because it's not really about the Big S. Seagle writes about what Superman means to him and how it connects to his family, and the result is a meditation on power and the loss of power and why we keep secrets from those we love. It's stunning. If you don't read superhero comics, it doesn't matter, because this is only peripherally about superheroes, and is a wonderful work of literature in its own right.

If you want to win this, simply e-mail me with who your perfect superhero is and WHY. It has to be someone who actually exists, please. And it doesn't have to be a superhero in a superhero comic. Ah, so enigmatic am I!

Moving on, I'm also giving away Tales From Fish Camp by the always-entertaining Danielle Henderson. The excellent Larry Young, who published this, sent me a free copy because, well, he's excellent, and the least I could do for taking money out of Danielle's pocket is to "pay it forward" and pass a copy on to someone else. I wrote a brief review here (trust me, it's there - under the part about Ivanhoe), in case you want to know what's going on. It's the story of a young urbanite spending the summer in an Alaskan fish camp. Mayhem and hilarity ensue.

If you want this, e-mail me with a story of your absolute worst job ever. Best worst job wins. It can be the whole job, or an incident at a decent job that was just awful. I'm flexible!

Finally, I'm giving away a third book. Yes, I'm out of control. Thomas mentioned a few months ago that he was reading America (the book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction, but he never told us what he thought of it. Well, I will tell you what I thought of it: it's brilliant. Extremely funny, completely irreverent (yes, there is a page with naked Supreme Court justices on it, just to warn you), and bitingly satirical. If this book was in civics classes around the country, kids would actually want to learn about American democracy. My pal Barbara, who is teaching in northern California, actually wrote on this very blog that she was going to sneak it into her library. Oh, she's a wild anarchist, that one! (She is, too.) This is, bar none, one of the funniest books you will ever have the pleasure to read.

To win this, e-mail me with your list of the top five reasons America is awesome. No, I don't mean "representative democracy" - we didn't invent that, after all, and lots of other places have it, and some might argue we don't have it anymore. I'm talking about how America is awesome because only in America could Jessica Simpson be a superstar. Only in America could a cheater like Rafael Palmeiro get any kind of sympathy. Only in America could rappers talk about how much they hate America while still making shitloads of money in America. America RULES, man!

So there you have it. Three chances to win. For my last two contests, I got a few replies, but those both had comic books as their prizes, and I may have scared some of you off. Well, that's no longer an excuse! I also found out at least one person didn't enter because he thought I wouldn't send stuff overseas! I do not fear high postage rates! It's a contest - I know what I'm in for!

You have until the end of the month. 18 days, right? Something like that. You can try for all three of them, too - if someone is THAT excellent, they deserve all three! And you can enter if you've already won, too - this isn't a radio station giveaway!

Links will be here tomorrow - I don't have a lot of them, because I've been busy, but I have some. I hope they will suffice.


Blogger Krys said...

Good to know where my hard earned money is going! :o)

15/8/05 8:37 AM  
Blogger Roxy said...

That's what you pay him for Krys...

I'd stop giving him allowance.

I'm still entering his "Worst Job Ever" contest though. I am a closet fan of Knotty Yarn.

16/8/05 9:09 PM  
Blogger Astrid said...

Oh, yes, found the link. I'll get back to you ....

17/8/05 10:46 AM  
Blogger Astrid said...

Greg, I promised to get back to you, right? So here I am … Superheroes are supposed to have special powers, right? Well, I don’t think my ultimate hero really has the special powers which he must to belong to the category, but my vote goes out to Peter Pan; the boy who would not grow up!!!

I long to be like Peter Pan, to live by the moment and to act spontaneous all the time, to have a child’s perspective on life, and to live in a big fantasy-world 24/7. I know not thinking about the consequences in life can be quite a risk now and then, but on the other hand you only live once, and if you really wanna do things in life, you have to take your chance now you can, right? No regrets in life!!!

23/8/05 7:11 AM  

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