Though I saw it all around
Never thought I could be affected
Thought that we'd be the last to go
It is so strange the way things turn

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Linkee-poo is building an ark

On the prevalence of the Ray Gun in the cultural mind. Granted, as a designer, Ray Gun has another context that flows through my brain (from the magazine and the "surfer aesthetic"/argument of legibility vs. readability that went with it). (Pointed to by Dan)

Richard Curtis on that amazing piece of techno kit, the book. There's a lot about the publishing industry in that article. If you're a writer and wannabe novelist (and who isn't?), you should read and learn. Another thing to point out, and I'm going to paraphrase somebody here whom I don't remember, but you don't worry about getting sand in your book, or leaving it on the blanket while you go in the water for a dip.

On the voice in writing. Once you find your voice (for some authors, the only voice, for others a symphony of voices) you'll find your prose can dance and thrum with the power of a singular rhythm.I had to start writing fantasy before I found one of my voices.

And just in case someone tells you, nobody ever used a flowbee, evar! Now you can tell them they're wrong.

Roseanne Barr speaks several truths about the entertainment industry. You can relate this to several things in writing, like the brouhaha over the various anthologies of The Greatests Evar! which conveniently miss including any female voices, or voices of color. She talks about white male privilege and what it means to be a woman who doesn't fit in the prescribed shapes and forms. She talks about fame and what it can mean as well. (Grokked from Ticia42)

The Newt starts the dance on the wrong foot. Basically his excuse is, "After more than two decades in the public sphere, I still don't know how this game is played, and stop using my own words against me (or the Republicans). Don't you know I can't be trusted."

And then the other deep politics favorite put his foot in it. That's right, acknowledging the reality of global climate change is a political liability for conservatives.

But then, you don't need reality when you're the spiritual leader of a political movement. Why does anybody listen to Santorum anymore when it's so obvious he's a tool?

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