April 25th, 2006


"Prayer" and healing

93, all!

The final third of a book is always difficult, and this one's busting my yarbles: I just spent upwards of two weeks writing and rewriting a single sequence, which has to be a record for me. That's why, anyway, I haven't been posting here, and have barely been commenting elsewhere...but rest assured that I'm reading your posts, and tend to love 'em all even if I don't have anything to add to them. :)

I've had to let numerous ideas for posts go by: all the political ones (not least because frankly the stuff I have to say is either perfectly obvious to everybody by now, or better left unsaid), but also some non-political ones I'd have liked to do. For example, AOL's mainscreen had a passing item about what women look like without their makeup (well, more specifically how gorgeous some celebs look without makeup), and I'd have liked to weigh in on that. Brief version: I pretty much always think women look lovelier without makeup (and, yes, I realize that's largely a function of the circumstances in which one gets to see women without their makeup, but I really do feel that way)...so Point One for AOL, it's not just celebrities. That said, Point Two: using (a) women under twenty, and (b) sample "non-makeup" photos in which said women are in fact wearing makeup (!) -- well, is a pretty dumb way to make the argument.

But what I've really been sitting on is a reaction to the recently publicized study on prayer and healing; and while I'm cutting this to the bone, I do think I'll post briefly about it here. Snipped for those who couldn't care less. Collapse )