D. H. Schleicher

19 May 19
The Schleicher Spin

Science fiction is a genre I have a love-hate relationship with. It so often has been co-opted by fantasy and rarely focuses on the science half anymore. Even my once beloved Star Trek, which used to explore alien lands and space exploration through the veil of politics and philosophy, has devolved into action-based space opera […]

17 May 19
The Schleicher Spin

When Night Falls on Niagara – a short story inspired by some fanciful conversations while on a family trip to Niagara Falls in 2017 – was published this month by the digital literary magazine, Eunoia Review. Here’s an excerpt: When night falls on Niagara I follow her. She stops for coffee every night before her […]

16 May 19
Eunoia Review

When night falls on Niagara I follow her. She stops for coffee every night before her shift starts. “Gloria” is the name scribbled in playful black marker on her coffee cup, but she doesn’t look like a Gloria to me. I don’t know what I would name her, but definitely not Gloria. It must be […]

12 May 19
The Schleicher Spin

Above: the only picture of Buddy Bolden (top, second from the left) Coming Through Slaughter, a piece of poetic historical fiction that attempts to channel the mysterious genius and insanity of jazz trumpeter Buddy Bolden, was Michael Ondaatje’s first novel (published in 1976) though one must use the term novel loosely. I had the pleasure […]

01 May 19
The Schleicher Spin

“When in doubt, think about ghosts.” This is what director David Lynch told actor Russ Tamblyn while shooting a key scene for the original Twin Peaks in an attempt to get the right reaction. And it worked. I vividly recalled that scene, and man, Russ Tamblyn was all kinds of spooky looking, obviously thinking about […]

26 Apr 19
The Schleicher Spin

Boko Haram’s Greatest Hits – a short story inspired by a conversation between two strangers that I overheard while having lunch and a drink at McMenemin’s Tavern on Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia while being “trapped” at the nearby apartment of my then girlfriend (now wife) during an over-hyped snowstorm – was published this month by […]

25 Apr 19
The Schleicher Spin

Okay, so 2019 still has some time to go (who knows what masterpieces await us between May and December) but #FilmTwitter is already all a twitter taking polls and checking the temperature of the room on the best films of the 2010’s. I couldn’t help but play along. At first glance my Top Five seems […]

12 Apr 19
War Stories and Veterans Histories

More than just about anything, Harry Schleicher wanted to fly for the Army Air Forces in World War II. He had two years of college behind him, and experience working in a chemical lab, when he left his home in Easton, Pennsylvania, to become a pilot. It was 1943. Months of training followed, ultimately taking […]

31 Mar 19
The Schleicher Spin

Where does one even begin to review a book like Joseph Souza’s Pray for the Girl? And how can any in-depth analysis not reveal one of its major plot twists? And believe me, there are many jaw-droppers here. Souza’s novel follows many of the standard modern murder mystery tropes, but’s it’s all told from the […]

22 Mar 19
The Schleicher Spin

I was six years-old in 1986, and I have a vivid memory of the Hands Across America initiative. We were visiting my aunt’s house on the day it was to happen, and I thought that people were actually going to step out of their houses at the designated time and literally hold hands across the […]

06 Mar 19
History and Philosophy of the Language Sciences

Martin Konvička Freie Universität Berlin 1 Grammaticalisation clines In this blog post, I will sketch the history of grammaticalisation clines. Hopper and Traugott (2003: 6) understand this concept as “a metaphor for the empirical observation that cross-linguistically forms tend to undergo the same kinds of changes”. A prototypical cline, following Hopper and Traugott (2003: 7), looks as […]

03 Mar 19
Neuropreprints

Persistence of neuronal representations through time and damage in the hippocampus. Walter G. Gonzalez, Hanwen Zhang, Anna Harutyunyan, Carlos Lois Central and peripheral innervation patterns of defined axial motor units in larval zebrafish Saul Bello-Rojas, Ana E Istrate, Sandeep Kishore, David L McLean Temporal dynamics of inhalation-linked activity across defined subpopulations of mouse olfactory bulb neurons imaged in vivo. Shaina M. Short, Matt Wachowiak Individual alpha frequency increases during a task but […]

23 Feb 19
The Schleicher Spin

I’ve been on a science reading kick lately, following up last year’s reading of Sy Montgomery’s The Soul of an Octopus (a fascinating psychological study of octopi and the people who love them) with Nick Pyenson’s enthralling Spying on Whales. Pyenson weaves a fascinating adventure tale, as he globe-hops from archaeological digs in South America […]