Last night the Oscars offered a tribute to the horror genre, which, like all Oscar tributes, must mean that horror died sometime in the past year. Sad. I blame Paranormal Activity.
Also, the New York Times offers a report on defectors who claim that the Church of Scientology is hiding widespread abusive practices, which the church maintains are simply religious rituals. Interestingly, both Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and H. P. Lovecraft were active at around the same time, writing pulp fiction stories about aliens. Both wrote about a cosmos chock full of aliens, and humans who worshipped aliens as gods. Only Hubbard claimed his alien gods were real.
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