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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-03-19 05:53
Subject: [links] Link salad awakens dreaming of small woodland creatures
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Tags:amazonfail, books, cancer, culture, green, language, links, personal, politics, publishing, reviews, science, stories, trains
Rebellious girl thrust into life of slavery and lots of sex. A review of Green, by Jay Lake — A reader reacts to Green, not so much with the liking.

A rather nifty review of "To Raise a Mutiny Betwixt Yourselves" — The reviewer really got what I was on about.

Four Publishers Struggle to Strike Amazon eBook Deal; Buy Buttons Threatened — Hmm.

Book Marketing Awesomeness — I'm not a big fan of 'book trailers', but this one is for the win. (Thanks to Scrivener's Error.)

With Cancer, Let’s Face It: Words Are Inadequate — Interesting. Need to consider my response to this. (Thanks to criada.)

My old man — Rogert Ebert about his father. Read this slowly, and whem you have a moment to weep.

Black Tie: 1943Shorpy takes us down to the tie plant.

Passing Stars and Interstellar Speculations — Instellar travel, the (eltively) slow way, from Centauri Dreams.

Quotes Uncovered: The Full Monty...when you hear a quote attributed to Lincoln or Jefferson, and it sounds too modern, and it accords with some political agenda, usually a conservative one, you can take it to the bank that it’s phony. What? Wait? Does this means our friends on the Right make shit up to meet their political ends? I though they were the ethical ones, banner carriers of principled consistency and moral standards! Say it ain't so!

America May Truly Be In Decline — Or not. Amazing how much damage the "America first", "small government", "fiscally prudent" party has done to our country and our future.

?otD: How much chuck could woodchuck upchuck if a woodchuck could upchuck chuck?

Writing time yesterday: 60 minutes
Body movement: 30 minutes on stationary bike
Hours slept: 8.5 (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: 229.2
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 4/10 (shedding day)
Currently reading: [between books]

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Alter S. Reiss
User: dhole
Date: 2010-03-19 14:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
In general, this is advice that I'd never give, but you might want to look at the comments on the Quotes Uncovered link.

Particularly comment #6, where the author retracts the claim you're building on.
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Galdrin ap Morgan
User: galdrin
Date: 2010-03-19 14:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
RE: Green
Do author's even care, really ... just as long as they gets to tell the tale they wanted to tell rather than what 'mainstream' wants to read? Yeah, I know that basically all authors live on that fine line between poverty and survival, so sales are important, but still.

RE: Publishers Struggle ...
Here we go again? Hopefully everyone will get their act together one of these days.

RE: America...
Very, very interesting reading.

Edited at 2010-03-19 02:22 pm (UTC)
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User: barry_king
Date: 2010-03-19 15:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
?otD: How much chuck could woodchuck upchuck if a woodchuck could upchuck chuck?

Oh, that's where it went. I was looking for that.
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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2010-03-19 15:52 (UTC)
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Regarding the article about cancer, Jay, no I don't believe that you have to consider much. You are a wordsmith; so is Ms. Jennings. In Ms. Jennings' world, cancer "just is". So, too, an earthquake "just is," but there can be no doubt that recovering from the aftermath of a severe earthquake is a heroic, tragic, long slogging argument with nature.

And we humans seem both of nature and apart from it. Unlike every other creature, and I believe for wholly naturalistic reasons, we have a capacity to grasp more than the three seconds of time before and after ourselves. We have a remembering self that we serve. We consume our own memories, repeatedly throughout our lifespan, passing an unknown portion of our unknowable time up as we do so. Ms. Jennings is appealing to the experiencing self, the day-to-dayness of cancer.

I think you've got a better solution, by telling the story as honestly as you can. Cancer is more intimate than an earthquake, the solutions more pronounced upon the body of the survivor, but there's a sameness to both: the cancer happens, an earthquake happens. What's happening now is not cancer, or an earthquake: it is the time of response. You are responding to an event and its aftermath.

Some will call the time (a'la your graph about the course of chemotherapy as opposed to other illness) after chemo your "recovery." That's nonsense. That's the time when all the heroes get to sit back and say they did good. Now is the "recovery," where you struggle to recover your life. And it's a struggle. Ms. Jennings is right when we say that it happens so often that the words we use feel cliche'd. But she's unfair when she tries to take combative, assertive, self-affirming metaphors away from us and tell us, "It just is." It feels like fatalism to say "It just is."
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