This week I will be winging it. I normally write prepare all my blog
posts on the weekend prior, then do some minor clean up on the day they
go into digital print. I wasn’t able to do that this past weekend, and
so, this week, I’ll be writing each post the day of publication.
In terms of reading, I was able to finish the China Miéville novella I
started, This Census-Taker. As you will see from the title of my
upcoming critique, I found the narrative problematic. More on that at
the end of the week. I am straying out of science fiction for a bit. My next
reading adventures will be a nineteenth century Russian novel and a
mid-twentieth century work of non-fiction.
As for writing, nothing much has been done, but I am far enough ahead of
schedule that I am not concerned. My next big push will involve closing
out initial edits on Chronicles of Ytria, and then I need to do my
final revision pass (perhaps passes) on Intersection Thirteen.
The past week could not go without a commentary on the events that
transpired in the United States, and I have been thinking for some time
about doing a post that ties together all the reading I have done on
liberalism (super important
for understanding me correctly: American “conservativism” is actually a
form of classical liberalism;
in the United States we only have variations on liberalism and nothing
else). Expect that tomorrow, unless I botch it, in which case, I’ll
figure out something else entirely.
I was thankful for my exercise regimen this week. It helped to keep me
from getting distracted by the state of the world. I passed another
milestone as well. I hit a three-plate squat (315lb). Rationally, I know
that the 90lb plate increments are completely arbitrary, and I am only
nominally stronger than I was two weeks ago, but when a 25-plate and a
10-plate and a 5-plate and a 2.5-plate disappear from the bar and become
another huge 45-plate, it feels special.
This week’s blog posts shall be:
The Center Cannot Hold, a summary and exploration of three books
about my society’s intersecting values of capitalism and liberalism.
How to Resist Violence, a critique of Eye of the Heron by Ursula
K Le Guin
Space Colonialism and Pandemic Bioethics, on the writing of the
story Adaptive Response for Chronicles of Ytria
Deus Ex Civil Servant, a critique of This Census-Taker by China
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