Sunday, March 01, 2015

Pink SF's 2015 business plan

The pinkshirts have revealed their clever plan to deal with technology, reader disinterest, and Blue SF cutting into their increasingly declining sales:
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has reportedly paid University of Oregon “poet” Amanda Powell to translate a 2005 science fiction novel promoting “a straightforwardly queer approach to sexuality.” Powell, whose poetry has appeared in the anthology This Assignment Is So Gay: LGBTIQ Poets on Teaching, reportedly was given a $12,500 federal grant to reword the book by Uriel Quesada, El gato de sí mismo aka Cat on His Own Behalf, from Spanish into English. (The novel is currently holding down an Amazon Best Sellers Rank of #6,737,114)
On a scale of 1 to 100, my level of surprise is about minus 20. Lefties ALWAYS eventually turn to the government for handouts. They have no choice, they're parasites. They are the Grasshopper People. Without forced consumption, bait-and-switches, begging, or funding from industry and government, they can't survive because no one actually wants to buy what they're selling.



Blogger Rantor March 01, 2015 5:39 AM  

So she's getting three months pay (federal published but unknown poet rate) to translate El Gato and push it into the top 6,500,000. Just another shovel-ready job.

Anonymous Allabaster March 01, 2015 5:43 AM  

If you did not already know better you could sell this as satire.

Anonymous PhillipGeorge©2015 March 01, 2015 5:47 AM  

A leech is useful for cleaning pus out of a wound. Maggots are similarly useful for necrotic tissue. It would be unfair to leeches to compare these people to them. They're more like congress; which also demonstrate little ability to suck pus from a wound.

Vox. Purportedly Norway has deported 824 undesirables. Surely worth a post? Is the tide finally turning? A last minute to midnight great awakening.

Anonymous Salt March 01, 2015 6:07 AM  

Ladies and gentlemen, your tax dollars at work.

Anonymous Steve March 01, 2015 6:17 AM  

This is why we can't have nice things.

It's a huge problem in Britain, where the taxpayer-funded Arts Council gives money for people to create PoMo leftwing bullshit that nobody in their right mind would ever voluntarily pay for. So the normal market mechanisms that would weed out bad "artists" - the ecologically sensitive interpretive dance troupes, the galleries displaying used condoms and discarded toilet paper, the people making themselves expel multicoloured sputum on stage as a protest against heteropatriarchal whatever - are stymied.

People who would otherwise make an honest living as burger flippers or rent boys in the free market are on a form of government dole that incentivises them to make bad art, which helps to drown out works by people with actual talent.

Case in point: the Guardian's chief gender-binary basher, Damian Walters.

Anonymous Steve Canyon March 01, 2015 7:47 AM  

Vogons take care of their own. Until it is not politically expedient to do so

Anonymous Jeigh Di March 01, 2015 7:49 AM  

Another reason to defund the NEA

Anonymous Titus Didius Tacitus March 01, 2015 8:07 AM  

I'm surprised; I didn't realize they weren't already doing stuff like that.

The Australia Council for the Arts supports the excellence, diversity and vitality of Australian literature.

Anonymous Trimegistus March 01, 2015 8:39 AM  

I said this before: this is the career path for "pink" SF/fantasy writers. And this explains not only why they themselves don't really care about commercial success, but also why they are working hard to destroy everyone else's sales. They don't want SF to be a commercially viable genre. That would cut into that sweet, sweet arts-grant funding. From their perspective it is better for SF and fantasy to be a marginal, obscure field.

Blogger Desiderius March 01, 2015 9:15 AM  

on His Own Behalf

homosexuality in a nutshell

Anonymous homesteader March 01, 2015 10:38 AM  

The body politic needs a vigorous delousing.

Anonymous CarpeOro March 01, 2015 10:58 AM  

It has long been my contention that any "artist" receiving funds from the NEA is nothing more than a con-artist. This post does not dissuade me.

Anonymous rienzi March 01, 2015 11:05 AM  

Yo, NEA. My wife's cat left some "ART" in the litter box this morning. Can I get a grant? I could use the cash.

Anonymous BigGaySteve March 01, 2015 11:16 AM  

"People who would otherwise make an honest living as burger flippers or rent boys in the free market are on a form of government dole that incentivises them to make bad art, which helps to drown out works by people with actual talent."

I have had ex boyfriends that where bad artists and it probably would have been kinder to not have govt subsidized "successful" bad art out there making people think they could succeed by being better. There really shouldn't be art subsidized with taxes that is not acceptable to the The International Guild of Realism. Although there is a fine line between rent boy and artist with a Patron.

Anonymous Dan in Tx March 01, 2015 11:53 AM  

It's funny. I'm reading Mein Kampf right now and Hitler is talking about the ever increasing degradation in art in relation to the decay of society. At the time the book was written, he was referring to so called "modern art" in comparison to the great works. Man, what would he have thought if he could have seen things degrading to the point of a woman menstruating on a canvas or queer poetry being called art.

Anonymous Bob March 01, 2015 12:02 PM  

"... a woman menstruating on a canvas..."

That's gotta be a new all-time low.

Anonymous Steve March 01, 2015 12:15 PM  

BigGaySteve - Although there is a fine line between rent boy and artist with a Patron

Or a SJW with a Patreon.

Blogger bob k. mando March 01, 2015 12:57 PM  

Bob March 01, 2015 12:02 PM
That's gotta be a new all-time low.

next breakthrough:
posing the carcass of your aborted fetus, paid for with a gov grant

Anonymous pseudotsuga March 01, 2015 1:14 PM  

Traditional publishing houses apparently weren't offered this gem of fiction, because somebody realized that they wouldn't take it unless it would return their investment. (Unlike, say, Larry Correia's Hard Magic books which were translated by actual publishing companies into a variety of non-English languages). Instead, somebody somewhere offered up to the Gatekeepers of ART at the NEA, and then they thought it was such a precious jewel that tax payer money should be spent so the "majority" of Americans could read it in their language.
And of ALL the people out there who can translate this masterpiece from Spanish to English, they had to make sure it was done not by a person noted for expertise in the languages, but a person who has the correct QUILTBAG credentials, because, y'know, any cis-person is not going to translate it well enough, or something.
Wow...look at all the levels of posturing going on there. What inquiring minds want to know is this:
IS THE STORY ANY GOOD? We have no way of knowing, since apparently all that's important here is that it's ART, sponsored by Uncle "Sugar" Sam, who knows what's good for you, and it's QUILTBAG flavored.
*face palm*

Anonymous TroperA March 01, 2015 4:00 PM  

Just look up any Arts Grant board from any state. Look at the sample applications. Just about every single piece of art that's been approved has to be tied to a social issue of some sort whether it be suicide, racism, etc. What this basically tells me is that the craft of art--how it looks, whether it's been done well--is unimportant. The message is everything. THIS is why we have been inundated with feces sculptures and vaginal egg paintings.

Sure, art had messages in the past, but the people who commissioned that art knew it needed to conform to standards of truth and beauty if it (and the messages it portrayed) were to be successful. But now there are no standards. There's no need to make art truthful and beautiful. In fact, the more "art" strives to be the opposite of true and beautiful, the more respected it is amongst the cultural Visigoths who rule our institutions.

These whiny gimmedat artists don't deserve public money. If they want cash, they can hustle it via "Hipster Welfare" (aka, Patreon.)

Blogger Akulkis March 01, 2015 8:27 PM  


Uh, you misspelled LGBTOMGBBQWTF

Blogger Akulkis March 02, 2015 12:34 AM  


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