Pardon my silence (and agony).
I'm currently dealing with a health issue that has left me in a great deal of pain, and made it difficult to be even passingly functional. Expect very little from me over the next couple of days. (On the other hand, being doped up might well give me the excuse I need to bring everyone up to speed on what I've been working on. We'll see.)
Take yourself seriously even when no one else does.
[Busy week. Pardon my silence.]
Somewhere along the way, I added this to the morass of slogans washing around in the back of my brain: "Take yourself seriously even when no one else does."
"Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out."
Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.
Václav Havel wrote those words at some point, and I have been thinking about them a great deal as of late.
Let's waste less time trying to argue people out of something they were never argued into to begin with.
... most people don’t know much about politics, don’t know much about policy, don’t care to understand the details that make up the foundation any position, and don’t think they need to care about understanding those details, because knowledge is not what they trust most in the world. What they trust is character.
I think what's being outlined here is a vitally important understanding to how politics can be made a more practical affair.
"I could do that too," said the writer. And thus the trouble began.
Sorry about the long silence. I spent most of last week trying to shake off a flu that clung like the proverbial monkey on the back, and dealing with some other unpleasantries I won't go on about in public.
Here, I'm following up on a previous post about making things as a response to other things. Oftentimes one of the unspoken impulses driving such work is, "I could do that too." And, I fear, not in a good way.
On politics in literature, spoken and unspoken (and a few other things).
... [genre fiction works, like comics, science fiction, or crime thrillers ] oftentimes have more to tell us about our larger contemporary world than so-called literary fiction (which doesn’t acknowledge that it’s a genre as well). Comic books long ago predicted presidents like Donald Trump, in series like Frank Miller and Dave Gibbons’s “Give Me Liberty.” Crime fiction, which often connects low-level crime to high-level corruption, can help us understand the operations and effects of a Trump presidency that unabashedly favors strongmen of all kinds. Science fiction likewise often speculates on grand political questions. Kim Stanley Robinson’s “Red Mars,” for example, is about the colonization of that planet and the ensuing tragedy wrought by human politics, greed and ambition. It takes place in the future but is really about our eternal human strengths and weaknesses. I like it when literature gets political, and contemporary literary fiction is more often apolitical than not.
Emph. mine. I think this last point is worth zooming in on first.
On making things in reaction to the existence of other things.
Writing the previous post, about the way I experienced written SF as a young'un, brought back to mind a realization I came to about my reading habits, something I only twigged to over a long period of time. I wasn't reading because I was seeking escapism; I was seeking something even greater. I just didn't know it at the time.
I hope people will not assume my silence over the last few days indicates any kind of assent to the situation unfolding around us. I've been busy with some mundane things -- my day job has put that many more...
I hope people will not assume my silence over the last few days indicates any kind of assent to the situation unfolding around us.
I've been busy with some mundane things — my day job has put that many more demands on me since the start of the year — and trying to remain productive otherwise. But trust me, I'm not smiling.
If I don't gas off about it in public, it's only because a) other people are doing far, far better work than I can in this realm, and b) it's because I'm trying to save this space for talking about the things that I feel qualified to talk about, and that will provide something like a respite from the storm.