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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-09-24 06:48
Subject: [links] Link salad, Monday again?
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Location:Nuevo Rancho Lake
Mood:yawnish
Music:morning stillness
Tags:culture, language, politics, process, science, words, writing
The Death of Irony, part 247 in continuing seriesSalon has this quote running on their War Room page right now:
Fox News' Chris Wallace to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton: "Why do you and [former President Bill Clinton] have such a hyper-partisan view of politics?"

Divine Politics — More from Salon, on separation of Church and State in a book review of The Stillborn God, by Mark Lilla Powells | Amazon ].

"Bagatelle" as a verb

Homonyms, Homophones, and Homographs — Why doesn't "wound" rhyme with "wound" anyway?

Opening up the patent process — Applying crowd wisdom to patent review, courtesy of the USPTO.

Lessons of Little Rock — After 50 years, Central High School is still divided.

Scary art — Stupid people?

Meanwhile, I have a series of process and other posts backing up, but not the time this morning to deal with them. I'll leave you with this thought. bravado111 and I were talking in chat about "America, Such as She Is." I told him, "I'm trying to avoid pretty language in favor of a stronger story here."

This is of course a fairly stupid statement. There's nothing about pretty language that precludes a strong story — unless you happen to be me. I'm trying to step out from behind the wallpaper and build better story bones. That requires that both I and my readers not be so distracted by teh shiny in the words themseves. As always, your mileage may vary.
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anghara
User: anghara
Date: 2007-09-24 16:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
This is of course a fairly stupid statement. There's nothing about pretty language that precludes a strong story — unless you happen to be me. I'm trying to step out from behind the wallpaper and build better story bones. That requires that both I and my readers not be so distracted by teh shiny in the words themseves. As always, your mileage may vary.

Sounds like our panel at Worldcon...
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biomekanic
User: biomekanic
Date: 2007-09-24 17:40 (UTC)
Subject: re scary art
At least it wasn't giving anyone the finger... that could have shut down the entire city.

And it's pretty kooky to donate your hair... or else you just like being nice to kids who have cancer.
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Jeremy Tolbert
User: the_flea_king
Date: 2007-09-24 20:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm reading this story right now, and I would say it's more like you're using stark language for the purposes of mood.
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