Books WisCon made me buy:
- About Writing, by Samuel R. Delany
- Black Juice , by Margo Lanagan
- Air: Or, Have Not Have , by Geoff Ryman
- Vellum , by Hal Duncan
- Fool on the Hill , by Matt Ruff
- Jade Tiger , by Jenn Reese (pre-ordered)
Amazon also keeps telling me I want The Empire of Ice Cream, by Jeff Ford. Do I actually want it?
Another WisCon highlight -- Chip Delany telling me that he mentions me in passing towards the end of his writing book, as an up-and-coming young writer. Now you know why I had to buy the book. Though I would've bought it anyway, since he's another one of my heroes.
I should make a list of writing heroes. They would include:
- Dorothy Allison
- Samuel R. Delany
- Ursula K. LeGuin
- Vladimir Nabokov
Tell me -- here's a question I was wondering in the car, talking with David -- is literature 'better' if it is compassionate and generous, rather than catty and mean-spirited, keeping in mind that cattiness can often be quite funny?
Corollary: Are people 'better' too? Is compassionate wisdom something you aspire to? Should you?
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