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Nuke Boy!

Well, it seems there are a bunch of confirmed and unconfirmed reports about North Korea testing a nuclear weapon. The TV is all over it, of course, and as I flipped through the American news channels, one reporter was asking if America could front a third war effort with or without a draft.

Classy, huh?

Anyhow, below is the cover for Lydia Millet's Oh Pure and Radiant Heart:



I loved the book, and I wrote a review for it for Strange Horizons. It's a brilliant book, really, it is, and one of the best things I've read in years; I recommend it to you all without fault. But more than that, it actually contains a history of American nuclear testing in it, and the horror's that have followed over the years. I'm not a fan of nuclear testing, and I don't want it anywhere, and the book will show you why... but as America gets all up in the oh no, not a nuke kind of TV that they will undoubtably have (as will other Western countries), the book shows you where it came from. A little bit of thought for today, perhaps.

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porphyre
Oct. 9th, 2006 07:29 am (UTC)
got a bloody good name to go with that cover.
benpeek
Oct. 9th, 2006 11:07 am (UTC)
yep :)
ex_chrisbil
Oct. 9th, 2006 10:58 am (UTC)
Mind you, didn't Australia have the world's first non-government sanctioned nuclear test in it's own back yard? :D
benpeek
Oct. 9th, 2006 11:13 am (UTC)
it did?

i know it was the testing site for a few explosions, but i didn't know that. likely some americans paid us.
ex_chrisbil
Oct. 9th, 2006 11:23 am (UTC)
No no, I was talking about this bad boy!

I particularly like this bit: "This is a country that loses a Prime Minister and that is so vast and empty that a band of amateur enthusiasts could conceivably set off the world's first non-governmental atomic bomb on its mainland and almost four years would pass before anyone noticed..."
benpeek
Oct. 9th, 2006 11:32 am (UTC)
heh. i didn't even know that.

bryson kind of annoys me, thou. there's a whole tone to his voice that i don't dig.
ex_chrisbil
Oct. 9th, 2006 11:33 am (UTC)
Smug?

I quite like him. But I'm a smarmy elitist bastard too.
benpeek
Oct. 9th, 2006 11:36 am (UTC)
yeah, i guess i'd call it smug. the whole elitist bastard thing. some times i don't mind that, though, but it doesn't go far for me with bryson. go fig.
ex_chrisbil
Oct. 9th, 2006 11:47 am (UTC)
'cos smarmy elitism is harder to swallow from Americans.

Except Matt Stover.
benpeek
Oct. 9th, 2006 11:50 am (UTC)
i dunno--i like joe queenan's smarmy elitism, and he's american.
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