Category: culture

culture

Discrimination

I’ll be honest. I try and stay away from these issues. Mostly, I defer to the experts these days, because it’s clear that as a straight, white male, my opinion is not desired or particularly needed. I can understand that. I try to think of it like talking to a group of experts on paleontology …

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From When We Were Young

I’m amazed now at how many works I either sneered at or didn’t appreciate fully when I was young. I have a vague recollection of liking Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series, but thinking it kind of dull and hard to understand. As I finish Dragonquest, the second book now, I’m blown away, both by …

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Clever Pretense

I’ve never been a fan of pretension. I’ve never been someone who followed trends or got into stuff because that’s what the cool kids were into (wherever in the global pantheon of “coolness” you were trying to fit in – whether that’s mainstream or music snob or blogger mommy or whatever). That’s not to say …

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Accept / Reject

I’ve been thinking a lot about determination and reactionism, if that’s a word. I think we’re all pretty aware of how history tends to repeat itself within families and culture. The abusive, alcoholic parent whose children also end up abusive drunks, that sort of thing. In a less grim vein, think of the woman who …

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Crudity/Comedy

I’ll admit. I’m a fan of crudity in comedy. I’m not a fan of insult comedy, but I’ve always been of the mind that it’s better to laugh than cry. Overt bigotry isn’t funny to me, but pointing out someone’s foibles can be, as long as it’s not done from a sense of ignorance. Pointing …

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Things That Don’t Work For Me

I have a love of 1800s literature. It’s not an exclusive source of study for me, but I genuinely enjoy reading H.G. Wells, Mary Shelley, Jules Verne and the like. I like even older things, like Alexander Dumas and Shakespeare. I like newer classic authors like Bradbury, Asimov, Tolkien and Heinlein. I like even newer …