yoga teacher, writer, ex-theater geek / science nerd, living in berlin
Well, I thought it was funny... but then I am old, and have been reading The Awl a long time, and know the Guest Op Eds are parody pieces? ...slinks off
Nicole! I love you! But Philip K Dick is a terrible writer!
I mean that very literally. Excellent, wonderful, amazing ideas. Bad, painfully, cringingly bad, prose.
I would submit that Heinlein was totally more libertarian than fascist, although he was definitely a massive elitist and believed most people were just not smart enough to run their lives properly, which certainly does smack of fascism. I think Time Enough for Love is his real treatise on this...
Also, while there is plenty of sexism in the books and a certain amount of Mary Sue-ing, because hello, Gwen / Hazel in The Cat Who Walks Through Walls and Deety in The Number of the Beast are pretty much impossible, actually a lot of the men are equally impossible, and in general I think the sexism is being expressed by the *characters* and not the *author*... that generally he does seem to love and respect his (ridiculously impossible) women. A lot of people have said his wife was insanely kick-ass, super egalitarian and the inspiration for most of his female characters.
(And now, having outed myself as a huge Heinlen geek, farewell)
Would I be a naive jackass if I said maybe, juuuust maybe, he might actually come out and be the smart nerdy ex-con-law professor guy who points out that it doesn't matter a fuck what his personal religious beliefs are, because WE ARE SUPPOSED TO HAVE A SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE IN THIS COUNTRY, and that means we shouldn't be legislating religious decisions? I mean the fact that we are so balled up in whether he personally, religiously, godly believes in it or not being, theoretically I mean, totally irrelevant?
Hahahaha I would, right? Yeah, I thought so. #livesingermany
@melis I need you, Melis!
I feel the need to clarify that the molecular physics was later, years after Stacey Q took up her cursed brain cells. I'm not THAT old.
Aaaagh! Damn you for reminding me a) this exists b) how old we all are c) that the lyrics to Two of Hearts are taking up space that I tried to use for molecular physics. Damn it. (weeping soft middleaged tears, clutching tattered 80s memorabilia) (fade to black)
Oh, my word. Someone please, please tell me these are all fake / jokes? Fake jokes? Please? My brain hurts a little now.
That this isn't really strictly true in the real world is beside the point.
Choire my darling, between this and the "I never believed mainstream media were biased", I am either the most cynical bitch alive, or you are so much more adorably naive than I used to think. (Or both???)
I adore Madeline Stowe and the plot of Revenge sounds nearly-ripped from one of my favorite super-cheesy not-quite-romance novels (called I think Inheritance? OK, I found it at someone's house on vacation, this is embarrassing) where the young lady is cheated out of her inheritance by horrible rich people and she spends the next 10 years building an empire and gradually reclaiming what is rightfully hers. Ahhhhhhhhhhh.
@kingmob Aw, thank you for your sweet answer(s). I wasn't offended or anything... diversity of tactics, etc ;)