On depression and grace

23 February 2012

Another week and a half, another absence from the blog.  No matter how often this happens, I never seem to get used to it.

I know I should be more consistent with this.  For one, I have plenty of things to say.  For another, people seem to like them (or at least read them).  And I know the best way to “build traffic” to a blog is to post something, anything, every day.  So I know these long absences are working against my best interests.

And yet they still occur.  The reason they still occur, while simple to state, is not so simply remedied.  Basically, I find it hard to write when I’m depressed.

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Reading the classics for fun and … okay, just for fun

2 April 2009

I remember once reading Spider Robinson, the science-fiction author, describing how early in his career he became the book reviewer for Analog magazine in the mid-’70s.  Apparently he got a call from Jim Baen, Analog’s editor, who asked him to define the difference between a book critic and a book reviewer.  Robinson’s statement (the short version) was that “a critic tells you whether or not it’s Art; a reviewer tells you whether or not it’s any good to read.”  And Baen hired him on the spot.

That came to mind because I’ve been reading a lot of “classic” novels over the last couple of months.  And to be honest, I really didn’t like some of them.

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