Linkage, like The Dude, abides….
:: Both books felt like a love letter to Kabul, Afghanistan and to the Afghan people to me and they made the country feel like a place that deserves such a letter. (I’ve never read either one of these books. Maybe I should.)
:: Me: [long angry rant of frustration] (BAHHH HAHAHAHAHA! Go forth, Interweb, and Bastianich someone today! [The humor of this will be completely lost on people who don’t watch Master Chef.)
:: Last week, I met Droner for coffee at a local Starbucks. (I love her dating stories.)
:: The Law is a blunt instrument. It’s not a scalpel. It’s a club. If there is something you consider indefensible, and there is something you consider defensible, and the same laws can take them both out, you are going to find yourself defending the indefensible.
:: Therefore, any writer who takes into account the potential reactions of his audience – which is to say any writer worth a damn – should strongly consider not just whether depicting a rape will create reaction but if that reaction merits the inclusion in the first place. If you don’t address that issue, then what’s the point of talking about rape in fiction in the first place? (Interesting discussion in response to a writer who opined that rape is ‘a f***ing awesome plot element’, which seems to me a pretty cavalier attitude toward the depiction of one of the most traumatic of all crimes.)
More next week!