|Scrivener's Error||Law and reality in publishing (seldom the same thing) from the author's side of the slush pile, with occasional forays into military affairs, censorship and the First Amendment, legal theory, and anything else that strikes me as interesting.|
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As Mister Neil notes (and this goes for all writing, not just fiction and poetry):
But once a piece of art is made — and a story or a poem or a novel is a piece of art — it doesn’t belong to the person who made it any more. It belongs to the people who read it or see it or listen to it.
I'd quibble that his next sentence is incorrect: We can say that some opinions about what a work "means" are wrong (I'm lookin' at you, René and Terry and Jacques). It's just virtually impossible to determine that one particular opinion, or set of opinions, is right. That's what is so frustrating about political discourse in this country (I cannot really call it a "conversation," because there's so little listening): Virtually everyone is searching for the one right meaning, presuming that that meaning must be in their immediate, unenlightened self-interest, when the whole point of any flavor of democracy is that there is more than one right meaning... but that some meanings (like theocracy) are inherently wrong. It's all well and good to argue over whether a sausage qualifies as Bockwurst (and was imported either as a gesture of defiance at authority or in search of "authentic charcuterie," whatever the hell that means) while ignoring that sometimes it is just a link sausage... and sometimes it is anything but that.
Meanwhile, the "reviews" at Amazon will remain fundamentally flawed, because — contrary to the meme in the entertainment industry — a review is not (or at least not just) a marketing device — it is, itself, a search for meaning. And nerds like me who look at the code of the links on this platter will note how much marketing-friendly surplussage I've stripped out of the URLs...
I think this platter of link sausages is now sufficiently reflexive.
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Internet link sausages, as frequently appear here, are gathered from uninspected meaty internet products and byproducts via processes you really, really don't want to observe; spiced with my own secret, snarky, sarcastic blend; quite possibly extended with sawdust or other indigestibles; and stuffed into your monitor (instead of either real or artificial casings). They're sort of like "link salad" or "pot pourri" or "miscellaneous musings" (or, for that matter, "making law"), but far more disturbing.
I am not responsible for any changes to your lipid counts or blood pressure from consuming these sausages... nor for your monitor if you insist on covering them with mash or sauce.
Now live at the new site. I have arranged some of
infamous threads that have appeared here
by unravelling them from the blawg tapestry (and hopefully eliminating some
of the sillier typos). Sometimes, the threads have been slightly reordered for clarity.
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