I’m an old-school lefty, an American socialist long before socialism was cool, raised by a Marxist father to believe in the rights of the working class and the need for equality for all before the eyes of the law. But lately, the new left has begun to irritate me on a number of fronts. One particularly irritating aspect of new-leftism is the emergence of left homophobia.
Do not be content to think talent innate. Struggle against what you can not do until it becomes what you can.
I just received notice that I won 2nd place in the Parsec Ink short story contest.
In a recent post, I took Marvel Comics’ David Gabriel to task for his feckless assertion that his readers were misogynists and racists. The success of DC’s Wonder Woman proves my point.
To paraphrase The Simpsons’ Helen Lovejoy, “What about the language? Won’t somebody please think of the language?”
My latest short story is harsh. I mean, it’s brutal. No feelings were spared when I wrote it, and I used it to take genre fiction to task.
When I moved to Austin, I was surprised to learn that every guy and gal hanging out at a coffee shop was a novelist, every barista was sitting on a few truly outstanding, and unpublished, literary masterpieces, and everyone with a beard, a bike or a flowery skirt was either a great poet, the next Flannery O’Connor or the creator of the most amazing movie script in the history of scripts. It took me a week to figure out it was all bullshit. Then I learned that it’s even worse online. To help you figure it out faster, and to clarify things for all the “writers” out there, here’s a list of things that don’t make you a writer:
- Owning a laptop.
- Going to a coffee shop.
- Owning a cat.
- Putting the word author in your Twitter bio.
- Drinking/talking about/enjoying coffee.
- Living next to a university.
- Hanging out with writers.
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