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Particle at the End of the Universe

BOOK REVIEW: As science reveals more about our place in the universe, sentient beings are ecstatic about Sean Carroll's "The Particle at the End of the Universe" and its view of what might be called the blueprints of reality.
'The Righteous Mind' by Jonathan Haidt

REVIEW: Jonathan Haidt grabs onto the twin time-bombs of American punditry, politics and religion, and does so from an amazingly optimistic point-of-view. He combines his sunny disposition with a bit of psychology and a...
Author john Scott G - CREDIT: Brian Forest

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: "Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online," written and lived by John Scott G: Chapter 48 - "Stardust" (conclusion). Previously on "Secret Sex" – Birth. Near-death experiences. Coping with stoopid. Encounters with evil....
Author John Scott G

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: "Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online," written and lived by John Scott G: Chapter 47 - "Say What?." Q: Do you understand why some people think you're crazy for writing "Secret Sex"? A:...

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: "Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online," written and lived by John Scott G: Chapter 46 - "Wording for a Living." If you talk to members of the media, they are always trying...
Secret Sex - A Book Alive Online: Chapter 45 - Strife of the Party

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: "Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online," written and lived by John Scott G: Chapter 45 - "Strife of the Party." The bash was a success, meaning no one died and the two...

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: "Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online," written and lived by John Scott G: Chapter 44 - "Assignment: Weirdsville." Meeting a reptile in human form is startling, to say the least. Sure, there...

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: "Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online," written and lived by John Scott G: Chapter 43 - "The Others." There are things that go bump in the night. Strange, alien, otherworldly things. They're...
As Texas Goes by Gail Collins

REVIEW: The litany of deceit, stupidity, outrage, and perfidy from the lone-brain-cell state is remarkably terrifying, yet Gail Collins is such a good writer that she makes you laugh about it on nearly every...
Author john Scott G - CREDIT: Brian Forest

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: "Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online," written and lived by John Scott G: Chapter 42 - "True Friends, Few Friends." You may have a ton of acquaintances who use the f-word to...

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: "Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online," written and lived by John Scott G: Chapter 41 - "Perfectly Poetic Poisons." Everybody uses drugs. You don't agree? Aspirin is a drug. So is caffeine....
Author John Scott G

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: "Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online," written and lived by John Scott G: Chapter 40 - "Touched Off." Anybody can buy a clerical collar, so it's not absolutely certain that it was...

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: "Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online," written and lived by John Scott G: Chapter 39 - "Hits." As a distraction from my divorce, I had a date with my hairdresser. It should...
The Fox Effect by David Brock and Ari Rabin-Havt

REVIEW: A fact-packed and smoothly written work, “The Fox Effect” demonstrates how Fox News chairman Roger Ailes operates from the Joseph Goebbels playbook by running an anti-informational distortion network over the public airwaves. The...

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: "Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online," written and lived by John Scott G: Chapter 38 - "Outrageous Behavior." My outburst of violence was swift, sudden, and unrelenting. I lashed out with as...

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: "Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online," written and lived by John Scott G. Chapter 35 - "Little Humanity." Before giving birth, a woman goes through something called "labor" and that word doesn't really go...

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: "Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online," written and lived by John Scott G. Chapter 34 - "Vows." Warning, severe plot twist coming. Here we go: I got married. "WTF?" I hear you saying. Yup,...
Author John Scott G - 2011

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: "Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online," written and lived by John Scott G. Chapter 33 - "Professor G." That chapter heading is a lie. I was never a Professor but I did teach college...

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: 'Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,' written and lived by John Scott G - Chapter 32: Career of Fear. For a few years, I worked as a creative director or copywriter in ad agencies specializing in recruitment advertising, a truly funny period of my professional life, and by funny I mean disturbing and borderline illegal.

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: 'Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,' written and lived by John Scott G - Chapter 30 - Word Nerd. Even when working full-time, I always accepted freelance writing gigs because of my deep and abiding love of writing and my deep and abiding love of receiving multiple paychecks. I'd work nights, weekends, lunchtime, breaks, whatever.

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: 'Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,' written and lived by John Scott G - Chapter 29: What Do You Do? Sooner or later, everyone has a bad job. Usually sooner, because first jobs can be a bitch. My first employment, unless you count mowing lawns, was at a mall where I worked in a Pickwick Bookshop. That chain of book stores is now defunct but I am almost eighty percent positive it wasn't because of hiring me.

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: 'Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,' written and lived by John Scott G - Chapter 28: Dazed and Amused. High as a kite, that's what I was. More expressively, I was as high as a helium-filled balloon that had just escaped the grasp of a perplexed five-year old kid who was now wondering why gravity wasn't bringing back his rapidly disappearing toy.

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: 'Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,' written and lived by John Scott G - Chapter 27: College Daze. 'What's your major?' At various times in my college career, I was able to give at least four authoritative and definitive replies: 'Theater Arts,' I said. 'Filmmaking.' I said. 'Art,' I said. 'English,' I said. None of these responses were lies; I just kept switching my major.

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: 'Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,' written and lived by John Scott G - Chapter 26: A First Kiss. So there I was, out on a date with a girl who was the personification of beauty. The splendor of her presence was so powerful that later in life I would keep her in mind when writing certain song lyrics, such as ....
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eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: 'Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,' written and lived by John Scott G - Chapter 25: Dating Tips. She was beautiful. She was lovely. She was alluring. She was desirable. The lady was more intoxicating than absinthe. A gorgeous and stunning woman, she was at the same time a vision of incomparable girlish deliciousness. More importantly, she was living testimony to the existence of a higher power.

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: 'Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,' written and lived by John Scott G - Chapter 24: Cheating Death in Cars, 1. As soon as I was legally able to drive, the Southern California freeway system became a total delight. In my car, I was free! Put on some music and head on over to any part of the city at any time of the day or night. Pure joy!

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: 'Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,' written and lived by John Scott G - Chapter 23: Mouthing Off. Some of my previous odes to self-pleasure are having an influence in the world, starting with the FookMovie production of the 'Free Nude Photos' music video and continuing in this caprice.... Please join us now in celebration of one the greatest contributions America has made to world culture: The Talk Show!

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: 'Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,' written and lived by John Scott G - Chapter 22: To Teach, One Must Know. It has always been my feeling that school is a form of organized torment and cruelty. Yes! I hear every student say. But I also hear from parents: I don't wanna hafta watch the damn kids all day!

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: 'Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,' written and lived by John Scott G - Chapter 21: Show-and-Tell. Returning from a 3-week vacation in the middle of the school year is a disorienting experience. Everyone else had been attending class while I had been gallivanting around the country. It's not like coming back from summer or Christmas break, where you're all starting things over again on an equal basis.

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: 'Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,' written and lived by John Scott G - Chapter 19 - Cheating Death. Death has often come looking for me. The encephalitis. The emissions from the nuclear factory. The DDT. And there were a couple of spectacular automobile crashes. But in addition, I've gone through a whole bunch of near-death experiences, including elementary school, Catholic school, middle school, and high school.

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: 'Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,' written and lived by John Scott G - Chapter 18 - 'Vengeful God.' As I was growing up, lots of people spent lots of time trying to get me into a cult. Unfortunately, my family was part of this effort. 'Give it a try,' they said, speaking about one group or another. If it wasn't the Quakers, it was the Baptists. If it wasn't the Baptists, it was the Lutherans. If it wasn't the Lutherans, it was the Catholics. And so on.

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: 'Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,' written and lived by John Scott G - Chapter 17 - 'Secret Sex.' When my family moved to Los Angeles, my dad went to work for a drink tank. No, that's not right. Think tank. Yeah, that's what I meant. Not a fake one like the Cato Institute or the Heritage Foundation. Those are ersatz 'research' groups funded by the Koch brothers. Fortunately, my dad worked at an actual think tank.

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: 'Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,' written and lived by John Scott G - Chapter 16: Behind the Screen. Art, music, literature, drugs, and alcohol were a big part of the curriculum at William Lovelace Binkley Academy High School. Admittedly, drugs and alcohol weren't a part of the official curriculum. They were more of an informal thing. But because of the school's emphasis on art, music, and literature, a lot of students were, as they say, self-medicating.

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: 'Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,' written and lived by John Scott G - Chapter 15: Switch On, Switch Off. Having access to the high school auditorium public address system proved to be quite beneficial for the drama students. We attached a switch to the snipped wires so we could use the P.A. when we needed it for play production.

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: 'Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,' written and lived by John Scott G - Chapter 14 - Backstage Pass. My parents liked going to the movies, so I was introduced to lots of different kinds of films when I was a kid. (Yes, this is a bit of a flashback -- we'll be doing that from time to time, but don't worry, I'll try to warn you.)

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: 'Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,' written and lived by John Scott G - Chapter 13 - Hi, School. You may not believe it, but the powers-that-be at middle school allowed me to move on to high school. Go figure. I believe they said something like 'After in-depth deliberation, it is our judgment that it will be to the reciprocal mutual advantage of all concerned parties that John Scott now move forward with the next stage of his educational pursuits.' Translation: get this guy the hell out of here.

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: 'Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,' written and lived by John Scott G - Chapter 12 - Numbers Game. Jeanne was a quiet flirt. Whether she was in a classroom, out on the quad, or in the lunchroom, she didn't say much but people gathered around her anyway. Attractive women can achieve this. It's called the 'moths-to-a-flame' phenomenon.

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: 'Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,' written and lived by John Scott G - Chapter 11 - Get on the Bus. A school bus might seem like a personal injury lawyer's wet dream. A long metal tube on wheels. Very high center-of-gravity. No seat belts for the passengers. Often over-crowded, with three kids in seats designed for two people.

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: 'Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,' written and lived by John Scott G - Chapter 10 - Boss Angeles. There are two possible openings to this chapter. Here's the straight-to-the-point version: Our family had enough of Fort Richland and moved. And here's the arty-as-hell version: After a few years in the richly rigid and unintentionally Dadaistic city of Richland, the entire family was ready for a saner lifestyle and a more cultured existence. But we didn't get it because we moved to Los Angeles.

eNewsChannels BOOK SERIAL: 'Secret Sex, A Book Alive Online,' written and lived by John Scott G - Chapter 9 - Playing in the Poison. My dad was speaking on the telephone. Well, mostly he was listening intently on the telephone. From what he was saying, it sure seemed like it was a Very Serious Conversation. Which was no big deal to me as a kid except for one thing: this Very Serious Conversation was about me. I wanted so much to be in on both sides of the discussion but of course could only catch one-half of it.