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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-08-11 05:40
Subject: [links] Link salad dreams of futures past
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The 15 Most Overrated Contemporary American Writers — I wonder what this list would look like for our field? Now there's playing with fire.

Early Gangbanger Fiction — This is both funny and thought-provoking.

Free ice scraper with every colonoscopy — Umm... I am so about people getting 'scoped, but... um...

Anonymous Doc on the line between life and death

Portugal's Green Energy Revolution and the true Cost of Gas, Coal and Oil

On Mosques — A Christian meditates on the current conservative fixation with interfering with freedom of religion and restricting property rights. More principled consistency from the American Right! (Via lt260.)s

Myths and Facts about Gay MarriageWhen opponents of same-sex marriage explain their views, the reasons vary from person to person, but a few of the same false beliefs crop up almost every time. Most of these are spread through misdirected emotional appeals, misinformation about our legal system, and a lack of basic knowledge about the venerable history of marriage. Notice how politely the site fails to mention bigoted fearmongering as a key source of these myths.

Gingrich Reconciles Cheating On His Wife While Harping On Family Values: "It Doesn't Matter What I Do"Gingrich has himself admitted to continuing his illicit affair with Callista — 23 years his junior — while simultaneously prosecuting Clinton's adultery. Hypocrisy? In family values and Republican leadership!? Excuse me while I have the vapors. (And yes, AFAIK Clinton was being prosecuted for perjury, not adultery, but the PR and political optics being driven by Newt's GOP were all Lewinsky all the time.)

?otD: Who among us?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours
Body movement: 40 minute urban walk
Hours slept: 7.0 (interrupted)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 6/10 (emotional distress, fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: Inheritor by C.J. Cherryh

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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2010-08-11 14:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Gingrich is actually right, in a way. This is one of the things that has long frustrated me about the left/right dichotomy in this country: individuals on the right can get away with murder because the right has redemptionist Christianity as a trope. Every crime, sin, and peccadillo can be explained as "a good man having fallen for evil," a story so commonplace and expected that every fall from grace is hailed as evidence that the story is true.

I have a right-wing co-worker who loves Gingrich, and hates Huckabee, and when I asked him why since Huckabee was an evangelical minister (like the co-worker!) and Gingrich was blatant secularized Catholic horndog opportunist. He said that we know and understand Gingrich's fallen nature, but not Huckabee's, and so in his opinion something must be very wrong with Huckabee. Gingrich's persistently adolescent lust problems were manageable.

I don't understand that logic, but I suspect a lot of people on the right buy into it.

In contrast, the left has no such story of redemption (or partitioning). Instead we have a common tale that most people are essentially just above the good/evil dividing line, with a bell curve distribution skewed that way by natural selection (destructively evil impulses having been weeded out during the tribalism phase). People are complex morasses of persistent impulses, caught between tribe- (and self-)-serving communalism and selfish individualism; there is no "redemption," and people with a history of morally suspect behavior remain morally suspect.
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User: catjuggling
Date: 2010-08-11 15:46 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Gingrich “believes that what he says in public and how he lives don’t have to be connected.”

And this is how we get people like Sarah Palin and her family.
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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2010-08-12 20:45 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And come to think of it, wasn't Gingrich one of the people who said during the Clinton trial that if you behaved badly in private, that would negatively impact your public leadership?
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User: jimvanpelt
Date: 2010-08-11 22:11 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The Anis Shivani article is the best (worst) example of an intellectual machine-gun snark as I've ever seen. That's a lot of invective.

A SF/F version of this would be interesting--you're right--but I think it would be a big difference if you had an academic within the field, like John Clute, as the critic as opposed to someone outside of the field. How would Steven Silver write it, or Dave Truesdale?
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User: mastadge
Date: 2010-08-11 23:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Howsabout Adam Roberts?
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