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Another football Sunday has come and gone, with mixed results for yours truly.

The Giants won, hanging on by the skin of their teeth to defeat the Iggles of Brotherly Luv. Gifted with an early 14-0 lead by two Carson Wentz INTs, they still almost managed to blow it. Eli threw his own INT just when it looked as if Big Blue was about to put the game away, but fortunately the defense saved him. Biggest worry coming out of the game was an injury to Victor Cruz, which I hated to see. He's one of my favorite players. I hope he's back next week.

The Jets, meanwhile, managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. After trailing for most of the game, they seemed poised to take the lead in the fourth quarter, only to have Fitz throw a devastating pick in the end zone. Yet somehow they managed to get the ball back, and this time Fitz redeemed himself, tossing the go-ahead touchdown. But the joy did not last for long. On the ensuing kickoff, the Dolphins ran the ball all the way back for a TD, and that was that. Gang Green now has as many losses as they did all last year. The season is effectively over. Bryce Petty looked pretty good in the short stretch they had him in after Fitz got clocked. I hope we get to see more of him in the game to come. Much as I like Fitz, we have to start thinking about the future.

On other fronts...

The election still has me in a state of high anxiety. I am not sleeping well, and I think I check 538 about three dozen times a day, hoping for some good news. Tuesday cannot come fast enough for me. I think I speak for a lot of Americans when I say that I desperately want this thing to be over. It has been SO ugly. Come Tuesday night, I will either be relieved or suicidal. I think I speak for a lot of Americans about that as well.

Oh, and speaking of that: the Trump PACs have rolled out two new television ads in New Mexico this weekend. Both attack ads, natch. One is a cartoon with animated Bill and Hillary characters rolling up to the White House unpacking boxes of scandals. The other features an actress badly made up to be Hillary, in wig and pants suit, destroying phones and hard drives with hammers, drills, chain saws, and the like. Both ads are stupid and offensive, and both confirm and underline the main point I made in my "Simple Observation" post. Hillary's ads feature real footage of the real Donald J. Trump saying the things he really said. These Trumps ads, on the other hand, have to resort to cartoons and over-the-top impersonators because they can't actually find any real footage of Hillary saying or doing anything reprehensible, comparable to the stuff Trump has said.

I cannot possible imagine that any actual voters will be swayed by this stuff. "Hell, damn, I'm going to vote for Trump, did you see what Cartoon Hillary was doing?" But what the hell. Even Honest Abe admitted that you could fool some of the people all of the time...

I'm still excited about Emily St. John Mandel coming to the Jean Cocteau tomorrow. If you're in the neighborhood, come join us.

The crowds at Meow Wolf of late have been astounding. Since we first opened in late March, more than 300,000 people have visited the House of Eternal Return. It's become one of Santa Fe's premiere attractions, and I am so pleased to have played my small part in creating it.

Oh, and last night Parris and I went to see DOCTOR STRANGE at the Violet Crown (in part to escape the crowds seeing TRUMPLAND at the JCC). 'twas fun. As many of you know, I'm a Marvel fanboy from way back, and Doctor Strange was probably my favorite single character... well, him or Spider-Man, both drawn by Steve Ditko, whose art I loved. (I say single character because I always loved the group books as well, the FF and Avengers and X-Men). How much did I love Doctor Strange? Well, let me just say, one of the characters I wrote for the comic book fanzines of the 60s was called Doctor Weird, so...

The movie is NOT the best Marvel superhero movie, as I was hoping it would be... it's more middle of the pack, I'd say... but it looked great, did justice to the character, and had some scenes that were downright Ditko-esque. Of course, they had the obligatory Stan Lee cameo. Now, if they had managed to include a Steve Ditko cameo, that would really have been something. (Yes, I know, I know). I do hope that Ditko saw at least a little money out of this. He was a genius in his own way, and Doc would never have been half as interesting without Ditko's unique and idiosyncratic vision.


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Maximilian Rubell
Nov. 7th, 2016 01:15 am (UTC)
Moment of truth!!! With both Jets and Giants in the same time slot, which one did you watch live??

As a Jets fan living in daily agony, I wouldn't fault you for picking Giants.
Nov. 7th, 2016 01:23 am (UTC)
I watched both, recoring them with TiVo and going back and forth.
Dawn Marshall-Hosier
Nov. 7th, 2016 01:21 am (UTC)
Words of insight, observation and determination - you Ser, are a Marvel. I share your anxieties and hope for our country. On Election Day, I will be spending the day in a movie theater with Dr Strange after I vote for HRC.
Nov. 7th, 2016 01:23 am (UTC)
Political Opinion
Hey George. It's very easy for you celebrities in Hollywood and famous people like you to give your opinions on who to vote for. I mean, you are unimaginably wealthy. The outcome of who will become the next president will most likely not affect you since you live your life in luxury and out of touch from the majority of the American people. However, the outcome of who will become President will affect almost all of the people of this country.

For example if Mrs. Clinton wins, she will most likely bring over the Syrian refugees fleeing from the vicious Civil Wars that are going on in the Middle East. Those refugees will likely go to live in many inner cities across the U.S. Of course, you will not be affected by this because I imagine you are nice and comfortable with your current status.

Overall, I just wanted to say that I am too sick and tired of this election and can't wait for it be over.
Nov. 7th, 2016 01:31 am (UTC)
Re: Political Opinion
You know who else is famous, unimaginably wealthy and will most likely not be affected in his life in luxury and out of touch from the majority of the American people?

Yeah, Donald Trump.
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Nov. 7th, 2016 01:24 am (UTC)
Have you already watched the 3rd season of Black Mirror? In case not, and you can't sleep at all, you're gonna love it.

In face I wish you'd have enough free time to write an episode of it. It's gonna be the Twilight Zone of this generation.
Nov. 7th, 2016 01:33 am (UTC)
Unsettling that even someone with the option to live in a rich and detailed fantasy world (albeit one where winter is coming) would be so engaged in our election. (Fear not: I am reliably informed that Frodo will destroy the Ring.)

Nice to hear of Parris.
Brad Thomas
Nov. 7th, 2016 01:42 am (UTC)

My Colts finally showed some signs of life tonight. But I think it was more the Packers having an off night than the Colts doing well. I hear ya loud and clear on the election George. My anxiety has been through the roof these last three months. I can't stand the thought of that sociopath Trump as President. And cmon man, Trump isn't worth being suicidal over. Nothing you or I can do about it other than vote. I hope you get some sleep! I have to take Benadryl once in a while haha.

Nov. 7th, 2016 01:49 am (UTC)
Yeah I can't wait for the election to be over. I think I would rather go to a wedding in Westeros than suffer through another few days of this shit show of an election. I don't know how it could possibly get any worse.

As for my thoughts on Doctor Strange. Glad you enjoyed it. I saw it a few days ago and I liked it. I thought it was visually interesting, Benedict Cumberbatch was great as Strange, so was Tilda Swinton and Mads Mikkelsen. If I had any problems with it it seemed a little to familiar with some of the other movies Marvel has put out in terms of story and some of the supporting characters seemed a little bland to me.

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Nov. 7th, 2016 01:56 am (UTC)
Euron versus Cersei
Just because Hillary Clinton hasn't said a whole lot of horrible things in public doesn't mean she hasn't DONE a whole lot of horrible things. The problem is that all of the horrible things she and president Obama have done are things that Donald Trump would ALSO have done – like going to war in Iraq, Libya, and Syria, or deporting millions of people from the United States using night raids and indefinite detention – so he can't use them against her.

In other words, Donald Trump may be Euron Greyjoy, but that doesn't mean Hillary Clinton isn't Cersei Lannister. I don't want EITHER of them to sit the Iron Throne.
Nov. 7th, 2016 05:39 am (UTC)
RE: Euron versus Cersei
If you are going to compare real politicians to fictional characters, try to choose them more accurately than Trump = Euron and Clinton = Cercei. There are no characters in the ASOIAF universe for this situation. It's like the Joker VS Carmine Falcone, and if you can't figure out that Trump is the Joker then I've got nothing for you.
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Nov. 7th, 2016 02:07 am (UTC)
If only there were a chimaera candidate...
Your post addressing the "no difference" arguments re: HRC/Trump made me think of Robb and Tywin/Roose. At the end of the day, HRC is a hawkish imperialist convinced of American righteousness who is FAR more likely to plunge the country and world into mass conflagration than Trump, notwithstanding his bellicose and vile demeanor. It's kinda like Robb, the character structurally positioned as a "good guy" who pursues war (and is cheered on by most readers) because he thinks it's "right" and honorable, damning untold thousands to death, starvation, rape, deprivation, etc., directly or indirectly, while Tywin and Roose engineer the Red Wedding, which for all its terribleness at least mitigates the mass privation and misery of the smallfolk by bringing the war to a close.

And how is Robb put in the position he's in?

Because of the choice (a la vote) Ned made at Lyanna's behest: for the supposedly "surefire" greater good of House, Family, The North and Westeros, disinherit Brandon (and Aerys's?) nasty, proven-to-be war-causing wolfblood and usurp Winterfell for Ned and his children... only to have the whole thing come undone when that prickly Tully blood whose wrath the entire thing was engineered in part to avoid bit 'em in the ass after all.

If only there were I Chimaera candidate...
Nov. 7th, 2016 06:28 pm (UTC)
Re: If only there were a chimaera candidate...
I assure you that Tywin/Roose were not thinking of the common folk when they decided to do what is basically an assassination covert op to take out the leadership. They were thinking of a faster way of securing their power.
Seriously, using fictional characters as analogies for real life is not a good idea EXCEPT when said fictional characters are a clear allegory of something that happened in real life and comparing ASoIaF to current real world politics, belittles, in my opinion, the work of Mr. Martin.

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Nov. 7th, 2016 02:40 am (UTC)
The broader story is not about who wins
Unfortunately, the winner of the P. race will not be able to diminish the forces that are plaguing our society. Although it's obvious one of the two could do more harm than good. Two fringe candidates (Trump and Sanders) from opposite parties did well this cycle b/c of secular forces which have been at play for decades and which will continue for decades. Globalization and the modern financial system have ensured losses of jobs in developed economies while keeping inflation low (for goods, not services). The problem is that net worth trends in the US (as published every three years by the Fed) show a stagnation in wealth for the middle class in the last decade or longer. The top 25% (called the "mass affluent" by some) have benefited from being owners - of stocks, real estate, etc while the middle bought into false dreams and hopes, using credit to fool themselves into thinking they were wealthier than they really were. This will not change regardless of the outcome. At the heart of this election is a financial crisis which has been eroding wealth and dignity of a significant portion of the population. Some call this a "frog in a pot" problem. There is tremendous irony in hiring a failed businessman to attempt to remedy a problem caused by many smart and successful businessmen. Since we have become a country of, by and for corporations, it is only appropriate we hire a CEO-in-Chief, isn't it?
Jeremy Frank
Nov. 7th, 2016 02:50 am (UTC)
Meow Wolf
Thank you so much for helping to create and support Meow Wolf. I went there with my mom back in July and we were both blown away. I've been very lucky in my life and have seen most of the major museums in the western hemisphere. Meow Wolf was a more engaging, more singular experience than any of them.
Nov. 7th, 2016 04:30 am (UTC)
Check out Sam Wang and the PEC. That might make you feel better. Nate's including a lot of momentum in his polls so that's why they seem to fluctuate more.

I say Hillary gets it with around 340 and that she squeaks out a win in Ohio.

Also can we all just agree that Hillary isn't Cersei? This has to be the most tired and sexist thing ever. There are so many characters that would make more sense - Stannis, Tywin, Cat, Olenna - to name a few. The Cersei thing just boils down to "evil blondes I hate" as Cersei and Hillary have nothing in common beyond being blonde women. It's like insisting that Obama is Jalabhar Xho because they're both black.
Nov. 7th, 2016 09:45 am (UTC)
Considering how misogynistic Trump is, he's more like Cersei.
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Andrew Heid
Nov. 7th, 2016 05:03 am (UTC)

I just want to thank you for the commentary on the politics. I was quite happy to see you're liberal leaning and speak out about it. I voted early and am modestly happy with my choices - albeit some of the democrats I voted for I had to scratch my head over.

Thanks for being a pretty good person and a good author. Excited to read more of your work!
Nov. 7th, 2016 05:27 am (UTC)
Hillary will win, no doubt of that. Trump is doing everything for her to get into the White House.

But honestly, they both are candidates of such a low quality it hurts. The only rivals they can beat is each other. Would it be someone else on either side, neither one of this duo had a chance.
Nov. 7th, 2016 09:28 am (UTC)
This ignores the reality that both Trump and Hillary beat many other candidates to win their respective primaries. I'm no Trump fan but he gamed the system well to come out on top and that needs to be acknowledged unless we want a slicker Trump to win next time.

And Hillary did beat Bernie and no it wasn't because of catty DNC emails. It was because Bernie's team stupidly ignored Obama's 2008 success and instead ran a campaign like it was 1996 and white men were still the most important demographic. Bernie wasted time in Iowa that would have been better spent in South Carolina.
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Nov. 7th, 2016 05:42 am (UTC)
Query regarding 2 editing mistakes in A Game of Thrones book
I am posting this on your blog because I cant send a private message to you on live journal. So dont let this message appear on your blog. I will post it. You can just read it and prevent it from appearing through moderation.

I just found these two lines
“Brandon. Yes. Brandon would know what to do. He always did. It was all meant for Brandon. You, Winterfell, everything. He was born to be a King’s Hand and a father to queens. I never asked for this cup to pass to me.”
Why is ned saying father to queens rather than father to "a queen". Like that makes more sense does it not? He is making sansa a queen, so how is queens coming in it?

Another line which struck me as odd is this one
“You,” Ned said, kissing her lightly on the brow, “will marry a king and rule his castle, and your sons will be knights and princes and lords and, yes, perhaps even a High Septon.”

Like there is only one king,right? And that is getting married to Sansa? So is like Ned expecting Joffrey to get assasinated? I guess this is an editing mistake to. Should it not be a high lord?
If these are editing mistakes, please do make the changes.

If they are something else (like foreshadowing), then dont spoil me by letting me know. I can keep secrets but it is always wise to "trust no one".

That said, I would be really happy if it is foreshadowing lol. It fits so well with the title song of ice and fire. Jon as revealed by the show is the son of Rhaegar(Fire) and Lyanna(Ice). So he is ice and fire. . If he marries Dany(fire) then he must marry Sansa or Arya(Ice) for balance sake. Arya seems to be among the few characters who genuinely cares for the smallfolk and there is irony in someone like her ending up as queen when it is something she least expects and thinks is for Sansa.
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