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March 2017



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I guess they can't revoke your soul for trying--

8 days until I have to start writing WORLDWIRED. Mostly, my reaction to this idea currently is "But Mommy, I don't wanna go to school today...."


The good news is, my to-read pile is dropping precipitously. I guess we start our in-depth examination of communist China and Russia next, and the pile of books on spycraft. Also, I have a bunch of fiction I want to get to (Gibson, Silva, Aiken, Kessel, Atkinson, Kay, Hambly, Leonard) and a biography of Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Ed Sanders' Tales of Beatnik Glory. And Koestler's The Sleepwalkers, although I'm reasonably certain it's going to piss me off with regard to Tyge and Sophie.

Speaking of which, Lawlor's Voices of the First Day--the book on Dreamtime/Aboriginal thought and society I tried to read today--pissed me off. It was, unfortunately, apparently written by some idiot with an agenda to press--said agenda being very New Agey and Noble Savagey and generally smarmy in that pure, back-to-nature, condescendingly worshipful sort of way that really bad caricatures of North America's tribal peoples tend to be. Who knew the Aborigines had to put up with this shit, too?

A stereotype, even a positive stereotype, is not a person/culture. I've walked a long way from my anthropological training, but I remember enough of it to carry a bone-deep feeling that respect lies in understandng, not idealization.

Also, his logic was sloppy as hell, and he kept contradicting his own arguments.

The Chatwin book was a hell of a lot better, for all it presented itself as not much more than a travelogue.

Ah well, it's all just for background information anyway.

So now I read The Search For Modern China, by Jonathan D. Spence.

This may take a while.


Hey There

I'm glad you're at least getting the chance to catch up on reading, necessary or not. Hope the trip was good. I totally missed that, thanks to some stress at home that led me to sign off the computer for some time to get my head together.

I see you did a review for Man on Fire. I intend to see it. Bet you had something positive to say. I'm hearing good things about Dakota and Denzel at least. In the mean time, I wait with bated breath for Van Helsing, Punisher and Troy.


Go write! You know you want to ::grin::

Re: Hey There

Man On Fire was interesting. I'm scared of Punisher. *g*
Well, discrimination/violence is a whole different story, and that goes on in the US too. As well as negative stereotyping/discrimination. That's not startling to me, seeing it in parallel, I mean. Saddening, but not startling. It was this particular brand of exploitative smarm that took my by surprise because it seemed so very, very familiar.

I love her poem "No more boomerang" You have inspired me to go look for it, as I have never even heard of this poem. *g*
By the way, which Chatwin book was it?
Songlines. Discussed at short length back there somewhere. (points upstream in the livjournal)
That happens to be the one Chatwin book I haven't read.