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19 January 2009 @ 07:09 pm
While I drink my spiced chai tea latte  
A juggernaut, yeah, that's a great big machine
from Star Wars -- or maybe a truck
Avatars are who you are in a game
and karma, we all know, is luck.

Kali's a demon; Dan Simmons should know
He went to Calcutta one year
and Soma's a drug out of Huxley. It's so
very great how inventive they were!


Sparked by some of the conversation on the What is Cultural Appropriation thread. And oddly not entirely consistent with what I've said about it. Apparently my writing brain doesn't entirely agree with my analyst brain.

ETA: I'm very sorry to do this but I'm disabling comments for now. turning off email notification on this thread and won't be checking  back on it for several days.   I  meant to disable comments, but then realized that would hide the comments that were already made, which isn't my intent at all.

This is all me and my silly head -- I need to work on a paper and won't if I keep wondering if people have said anything here.  So I  need to forbid myself lj till the paper's done.
Current Mood: amusedamused
mac_stonemac_stone on January 20th, 2009 04:50 am (UTC)
It is, of course, art. And that's what writers do, right? We do our level best to write hard. Write true. Because ultimately, what else is there for us to do?

shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on January 20th, 2009 05:01 am (UTC)
I guess read and think and discuss. But that falls under "level best", really.

And yeah. I'm just bemused that my writer brain and analyst brain are not on the same page. I don't particularly want to give one of them credence over the other, but if I needed to I'd say, "trust the writer brain. I'm a writer."
Dichroicdichroic on January 20th, 2009 05:58 am (UTC)
Apropos of nothing it just seems wrongety-wrong-wrong-wrong to me that you and mechaieh are not on each others' flists, because I do think you'd connect with each others' insights. And poems. She doesn't write so much on LJ these days, but has been posting links to where else she writes.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on January 20th, 2009 06:06 am (UTC)
Are you friends with her? Can I say you sent me?
Dichroicdichroic on January 20th, 2009 06:08 am (UTC)
Yes to both. That Vary the Line poetry blog she writes for also has some interesting stuff - Joanne Merriam is also on it, don't know who else.

Though I never do bother asking about friending, myself, on the theory that people are posting stuff in public anyway. :-) (But then I also don't expect them to friend me in return. Private stuff is different.)
mac_stonemac_stone on January 20th, 2009 07:44 am (UTC)
I generally find my writer-brain is chewing on stuff on way deeper levels than my analyst brain is quite capable of coping with. And my writer-brain is less distanced from the emotional resonance of really tricky stuff, and less interested into parsing that stuff into digestible bits (which has everything to do with truth and rather less to do with "fact" "reasonableness" or "logic" than my analytic brainz)

shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on January 20th, 2009 07:51 am (UTC)
There's that for me too.

There's also the fact that poetry only seems to happen to me when my brain is far too fuzzy for analysis. So when I'm writing poems, don't expect much else. Coherent sentences are a bonus :D