Saturday, May 29, 2010

a gift of laughter and a sense that the world is mad

That's from the first line of Rafael Sabatini's Scaramouche: "He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad." I like the novel a lot, but I love the line. Last night, reading the attacks of brave Wiscon anti-racists on a kind, gentle, thoughtful man who is undergoing chemotherapy, that gift and that sense were restored to me. It is astonishingly liberating.

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  1. the attacks of brave Wiscon anti-racists on a kind, gentle, thoughtful man who is undergoing chemotherapy...

    I'm stumped. Link?

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  2. OK, that helped. Thanks. (I tend to forget about your LJ Cross postings...)

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  3. Entirely understandable, since you never know when I'll get frustrated with LJ and leave it again. But Emma stays there, and so do a number of friends, so I tough it out.

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  4. I think they have brain weevils, frankly.

    When somebody says they don't plan to go to an event because they feel unsafe there, the proper response is "I'm sorry you feel that way." not *we will now proceed to stomp on you verbally until you give in and admit that you feel perfectly safe and all of your protestations otherwise are signs of just how privileged you have been in the past what with not feeling unsafe during your every waking moment*.

    Or, you know, if he isn't actually making the comment about avoiding the event to you personally, you can opt not to respond at all and nobody will even know the difference.

    But when you have brain weevils you cannot ever let anything go. Ever. Because if you do, the terrorists will win.

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  5. serial, you are so racist! (Sorry. I really have to quit doing that. Brain weevils is the best explanation I've seen. Alas, I fear I have a few weevils of my own.)

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  6. It's okay. I like you even with the weevils.

    Besides, I spend a large chunk of my time seeing what I can stick sand to* with white glue.** This is not exactly the most productive way to use up one's life. :)

    *I'm pretty sure they'd consider that cultural appropriation. It goes well with my inherent racism.

    **Almost anything, as it turns out.

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