Our first experience of belonging (or not, for some) is of a family. And even in dysfunctional families, the parental authority, if it’s worth anything enforces the “he/she is weird, but he/she is ours.” In school, also, for the truly odd kid, the teacher and the supervising assistant, or whatever, are the ones who intervene… Read More Why Oddballs Like Authoritarianism – And Why They Shouldn’t
I consider myself an author at least 20% of the time (and therein lies the problem, of course). But I can’t find myself giving a moldy dog dropping about the Hugos. I don’t even imagine, in my wildest fantasies, winning one. I think of industry/creative awards in much the same way I think of government: something… Read More Are We Still Screaming About the Hugos?
It’s not the post that Friday needs, but the post the Friday deserves: Stacy McCain Links Ray Rice and Gone With the Wind, and it’s a Full Read the Whole Thing. Ashley Wilkes becomes more manly than Rhett Butler in his formulation. I know, I know. Just go with it. At the Federalist, some lovely… Read More Friday Linkfest: This, That, and T’other
At the end of a re-posted Sarah Hoyt Human Wave “manifesto” You shall not spend your life explaining why your not-boring is better than your fellow writers not-boring. Instead you will shut up and write. There is nothing lamer, sadder, and more pathetic that author-on-author hate. Does anyone imagine that J.K. Rowling gives one… Read More A Message I Think Many of Us Self-Published Could Use.
Sarah Hoyt addresses the elephant in in the doublet: Anyway, so every author agrees Henry VIII as a young man was a true renaissance man, good at everything and so very good looking. And every author wonders what dread disease caused him to turn not just into a murderous tyrant, but a stupid murderous tyrant… Read More Henry VIII and His Desperate Dynasty