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Writers are Forged in Injustice

This entry originated here » More at Stake than Selling Albums (23 April 2018).

What do you think, Tay .. about what Hemingway said about Dostoevsky? that » "Dostoevsky was MADE by being sent to Siberia. Writers are forged in injustice, as a sword is forged." [ Green Hills of Africa, p 71, 1935 ] ]

You obviously have the songwriting thing going on. Even people who hate your guts admit as much.

This makes Kanye's snatch of your mic even more iconic .. in a symbolic sort of way. Tho I would probably sound like a nut-case if I went into any detail.

I see that you draw on this sense of injustice when writing some of your songs. This is why I feel that you will be able to relate to this quote by Hemingway.

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This Really Does Feel Like the Next Level

I saw you at Wango Tango yesterday. That is right up the road here in Los Angeles. No wonder you were feeling so close.

That was an impressive show. Even with the weird video overlays during Side to Side .. I was still impressed.

Ariana singing Into You at Wango Tango Los Angeles June 2, 2018

[ I chose this particular image of you here with this dancer because it reminds me of how secret lovers can feel each other's gravity .. as they play with, and explore their attraction for one another.

This thing that you are doing here with this dancer .. this reminds me of pair annihilation. And I am not even going to mention how good you look either. Why labor the obvious? ]

Afterwards I thought of a lot of things. But one of these things was » "Wow .. this really does feel like the next level."

It wasnt long before I thought, "This is going to be hard to keep secret."

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Nothing But Respect

» When Writers Elicit My Deepest Writer's-Respect

Speaking of writers .. I want to mention this piece by Leslie Jamison titled » Does Recovery Kill Great Writing? (13 March 2018).

Does Recovery Kill Great Writing? asks Leslie Jamison (13 March 2018)

There are many things I could say here about this piece .. but notice that she hails from the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

I have written about the legendary 'workshop' for writers there in Iowa.

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Cooking with Plutonium - Page One

[ This entry continues from here » A Crisis Without Equal on Earth Over the Revaluation of All Values (09 Feb 2018). ]

» JLaw to Educate Students about the Bullshit of Political Corruption

Speaking of watershed moments in the new age .. Jennifer Lawrence is going to take off a year from acting and go talk to students around the country ..

Jennifer Lawrence to educate students about the bullshit of political corruption

.. educating them about the bullshit that is currently going on in 'our' government. The bullshit of political corruption.

I am beyond impressed. I can feel myself trying to gauge the size of her huevos rancheros.

When I first heard this story (from 60 Minutes, 25 Feb 2018) the voice in my my head said, "Now we're cooking with plutonium."

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Some time ago I wrote that Nietzsche, for me, is about » a crisis without equal on earth. These words come from Nietzsche himself.

Nietzsche says that Philosophy means living voluntarily among ice and high mountains like Zarathustra does

I have a copy of the Modern Library Classics » Basic Writings of Nietzsche, which contains complete texts of five of Nietzsche's most important works, from his first book to his last.

  1. The Birth of Tragedy (1872)
  2. Beyond Good and Evil (1886)
  3. On the Genealogy of Morals (1887)
  4. The Case of Wagner (1888)
  5. Ecce Homo | How One Becomes What One Is (written 1888, published 1908)

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Does that not Strike You as a Curious Thing? Page Three

[ This entry continues from » Page Two (11 Jan 2018). ]

» Paraphrasing Habakkuk

I can feel something in me wanting to paraphrase Habakkuk the prophet .. from that section where I grabbed my title from.

But let me think about this a little. I want to make sure that I get it right.

I will get back to you on the Habakkuk paraphrase .. but it should be obvious that he is complaining about bad shit that has been going on for a very long time.

Some of the women to come forward with allegations of sexual abuse against Harvey Weinstein

He is saying, "This is a crock o' shit. How are you letting this nasty shit go on for so long .. without judging these fuckers? .. who are doing this nasty shit day-n-night. This is not right and you know it aint right."

Notice the pattern? Notice the recursion? It naturally makes me wonder » "How far does this thing go? And where?"

This is why this thing feels bigger than me. One of the reasons, anyway.

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Does that not Strike You as a Curious Thing? Page Two

[ This entry continues from » Page One (11 Jan 2018). ]

» I Could Not have Possibly Known how Well these Two Topics Would Go Together

I am mentioning this particular example here .. of these two very different topics showing up together .. because this is something that I could not have possibly known about the secret life of Harvey Weinstein.

I mean, Meryl fucking Streep worked with him .. she shook hands with him .. she works in that industry .. and even she claims that she had no clue.

» The Albert Speer Excuse for the German People

I find it curious that, the day after I wrote this thing about Meryl Streep not knowing .. so therefore I couldnt have possibly known ..

Albert Speer (1905-1981) Nazi

.. I happened to watch this video about » Albert Speer: The Nazi Who Said Sorry.

Many times I will just watch the first few minutes of these historical videos .. to get a flavor for the content.

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Does that not Strike You as a Curious Thing? Page One

[ Previous page » The Place where Imagination becomes Reality (25 Dec 2017) ]

Did you happen to notice, girly, how I wrote that entry titled » When Justice Comes Out Perverted (March 19) where I write directly to Harvey Weinstein .. something I have never done before.

Harvey Weinstein's accusers tell their stories by Ronan Farrow Oct 23, 2017

Did you also happen to notice how that entry came directly after another entry titled » What's it Like to Lie with Hollywood's Hottest Starlet? (Feb 23) .. where I write to your young friend, Dove?

Dove Cameron catches the eye of Bella Thorne

I was thinking about this at the end of the theme where I share my experiences responding to a report of harassment from a pretty, young girl who had complained to me about the older, male boss who she had been assigned to work for.

I was surprised at the size of my own huevos rancheros .. for using such a title. (Of course, I always blame these kinds of things on you, girly.)

But you must admit that this is a ballsy title .. even for me.

I can tell that me-the-writer has larger huevos rancheros than me-the-person. Because I would normally never pose such a question to a young, industrial-strength hottie.

I'm just being honest here .. about the obvious. (Honesty leads to trust, and trust leads to intimacy .. the voices keep telling me.)

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[ This entry originated from here » The Place Where Imagination becomes Reality (25 Dec 2017). ]

» Harnessing Complexity

Speaking of glimpses into the mind of the greatest writer who ever lived .. I want to mention something called » black box abstraction. A key thing .. a concept which I got from learning about how programming languages work.

The reason why I was so drawn to the concept of black box abstraction .. is because it is the philosophy behind how you » harness complexity.

This is the reason why I try to convert as much of my writing to Movable Type pages .. because having an individual page dedicated solely to some concept helps with the process of (block box) abstraction.

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First Days of the Transition to Starving Writer

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» Backing Track for Laguna Beach Vibes

Have you you seen this video titled Laguna Beach Vibes, which uses your song as a backing track?

This is actually a great little video that was put together by this dude named Matt Roche. Good quality. Good shots. Good locations.

I know all these locations in this video. My feet have been on all these beaches. Many times. The video actually had me waxing nostalgic.

I lived in Laguna for 10 years. My son was born in Laguna. I met his mom in Laguna .. before she was his mom. (She was tight with the wife of the city manager.)

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