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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
zwol on January 20th, 2009 05:25 am (UTC)
there is what he intended, and then there is what some readers got out of his book.

Can't hardly argue with that especially as this whole kerfuffle seems to have started over just that distinction in someone else's book. But it seems like wilful misreading in this case, when a major point of the narrative is that these people calling themselves gods? They're people. They have been playing the role for so long that they believe their own hype, but they're not superior beings.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on January 20th, 2009 06:16 am (UTC)
Well, I think the person concerned concluded that Hindu Gods aren't superior beings.
zwol on January 20th, 2009 06:36 am (UTC)
... Oh. Hmph. Still missing the part where the whole story takes place on an alien planet in the distant future, I think.

But also seems like a standard move in monotheist and/or atheist theology -- "these alleged gods are hardly worthy of worship, look how wretched their attested deeds are!" And never mind whether the source for the wretched deeds is trustworthy.