All in a Day’s Work

Here’s an entertaining article about Margaret Hamilton (who played the Wicked Witch of the West), post-Wizard of Oz:

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When I was a kid, the yearly airing of The Wizard of Oz was a big deal for me. At Halloween I always dressed as the Wicked Witch of the West. And with a minimum of coaxing, I would act out the witch’s dramatic death by water. “I’m melting! Melting!”

On Actor’s Studio, Johnny Depp told how when he was little, he loved to act out the DTs scene from Lost Weekend for his mom’s friends. If you’ve seen the movie, you know how funny that must have been.

Strange, I didn’t grow up to be an actor….

Apocalyptic Musing by Adam-Troy Castro

What would people do if they had advance notice of the world ending? “The End of the World Measured in Values of N,” an SF story by Adam-Troy Castro in the July issue of Lightspeed, answers that question. It’s perhaps more of an artfully told essay than fiction.

But no matter how you see it, the story leads to a biting conclusion about mankind’s inability to look ahead and work cooperatively to protect our own civilization. I’m keeping this story in mind for my personal awards nomination list. (Have to keep it ahead of the deadlines, or else the mind goes blank!)

See what you think. You can find it here: End of the World