Monday, July 04, 2016

Writers with Courage

An interview with the Writers with Courage podcast, nominally entitled "Vox Drops Outdated Names From the 1980s". It may help put in perspective my relaxed attitude towards the gatekeepers' determination to deny me a platform.

It's also available on iTunes.



Blogger exfarmkid July 04, 2016 12:40 PM  

This was an enjoyable bit of procrastination! Now back to the "repair the garage door opener" project......

Blogger The Other Robot July 04, 2016 1:18 PM  

After letting Ctrl-Alt-Revolt sit on my Kindle for quite a while, I finally read it yesterday.

It is, in my opinion, an awesome candidate for a Hugo next year.

Blogger Worlds Edge July 04, 2016 2:26 PM  

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Blogger The Other Robot July 04, 2016 2:40 PM  

Martin van Cerveld's Pussycats seems interesting.

Anonymous LastRedoubt July 04, 2016 2:53 PM  

Cool interview.

Anonymous Longtime Lurker July 04, 2016 3:03 PM  

Good interview.

Blogger The Other Robot July 04, 2016 4:30 PM  

Yes, good interview. I just listened to it.

You sound almost sane, not like one of those Nazi stormtroopers white supremacists who would drink the blood of babies of color and force pregnant white women to have babies they did not want.

What is the world coming to?

Blogger Unknown July 04, 2016 6:28 PM  

I have a copy of Rebel Moon, I enjoyed it a lot.

On your comments about media, and how they invariably get the story wrong, Michael Creichton had a blurb about that:

"“Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray's case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward—reversing cause and effect. I call these the "wet streets cause rain" stories. Paper's full of them.
In any case, you read with exasperation or amusement the multiple errors in a story, and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about Palestine than the baloney you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know.”

Anonymous Sagramore July 04, 2016 7:38 PM  

@8 Even worse is when you know the people behind the bylines and read based on their reputation. "Gotta read X, but Y is fucking the publisher so skip that dreck." I constantly tell people I've been living GamerGate since 1987, when a wholly made-up quote was stuck in my mouth in of all places, The (Toronto) Catholic Register.

Say, Vox, about that Wikipedia problem... I'm two degrees from Rachel Marsden (and NOT through Jimbo)...

Blogger Groot July 04, 2016 8:24 PM  

The quote (at the bottom of the blog) is from The Renaissance by J.H. Plumb, and it refers to Aeneas Silvius Piccolomino, who became Pope Pius II.

Blogger Marsh 01701 July 04, 2016 9:50 PM  

Good podcast Vox. Much better talking than the video casts. Congrats.

Blogger Samuel Nock July 05, 2016 2:31 AM  

"Gaming is my main thing. Writing is just a hobby for me."

Honestly, Vox is the most productive individual I have ever encountered. Really shames us mere mortals.

The discussion on writing Vox appreciates was interesting. Leaving aside Eco, who presumably Vox can read in the original, all the writers Vox mentioned (Eco, Murakami, Hesse) don't write in English. (And perhaps VD can also read Murakami in the original) Vox: does this mean that plot and character are greater elements to you and that, to some extent, you discount style in good writing? While some translators can be excellent, style is the hardest thing to get across in a target language. Maybe to put the interviewer's question a different way: which writers in English do you consider the best in recent years?

I would put in a vote for Cormac McCarthy as the greatest novelist writing in English today.

Blogger Horn of the Mark July 05, 2016 3:34 PM  

"You knew [Donald Trump]? (laughs)"

"I did not say I knew him! I said he touched me on the shoulder once."

Blogger Aeoli Pera July 05, 2016 3:46 PM  

That last question was pretty cool.

Anonymous Anonymous July 06, 2016 9:45 PM  

Listened to this today, some good insight and advice for writers.

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