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[ red_a02 ] Shuzhen – The first episode was a lot of fun, cos it had an interesting cocktail of sexual tension and smooth fight choreography. This episode is like the awkward aftermath...
27 Aquarius 13 18:13
[ vermilion_2 ] YAPX – I understand that most of your stories are dialogue-based and heavy on retorts and counter-retorts. This one felt unnecessarily circular. It starts with a cool premise: a killer/villain/vigilante uses Lent to swear off something that should be second nature to him (I suppose), and then talks about a story. The link between the two (giving up killing & the story) isn’t a 100% fit. Maybe instead of “let me tell you a story”, it could be “hey, you see I even passed a guy up for death today!” or equivalent. Something to drag Lorelei into the banter and the premise. // That’s my only complaint. I’m not a big fan of dialogue-based stories, but I can make a exception for this.
14 Aquarius 13 08:03
[ 130204 ] YAPX – Good pace, good characters, great dialogue. The thing I like best is a combination of the three: how you build up their pseudo-relationship through all that back-and-forth exchange. Somehow, you craft a unique, strange relationship: from any one point in the story, both of them are manipulative, victimised and hypocrites - though not all at once. // On word choices, I felt you could change the word “janitor” (“cleaner” or “uncle” would’ve given a different, but more acute local flavour to it). Mostly because, it’s connotes an added level of difference through: class. Whether or not you intended it, by portraying the “janitor” and “student” you bring out the fact that he’s stuck there socially in all sense of the word. It made the part where he says he reads books during weekends completely out-of-context and weird. // Also, there’s too much “sliding” in and out of the room. Not sure if that’s intentional repetition, or just a lack of other words. // I thought that the girl’s own background is pretty compelling. Even after everything, I can’t tell if she’s speaking the truth. Because I’m all for unreliable narrators and characters, I can still find her well-thought out. But other readers might lose patience or wonder at her sudden change of heart at the final moment.
04 Aquarius 13 08:48
In an ancient issue of The Sandman (part of Preludes and Nocturnes, if I recall), Morpheus has a contest with a demon. The contest, and they called it the “oldest game of all” or something equally pseudo-deep, was this –
You say something, I say something better. I go, “Paper,” you reply “Scissors,” “Stone,” “Bomb,” and so on, except it was animals. Like the chase between Erlang Sen and Wukong, except with less exciting.
So it ended with Morpheus winning by saying “Hope”. It sounds all dramatic and such, as if “Hope” is the ultimate Ender, but I always thought that that particular scene was totally weak. Because what destroys Hope is despair, and Despair is Morpheus’ own sister, and the demon should have known that.
(The ultimate Ender is Love. Amor vincit omnia, after all.)
Children are the most hopeful.
Has no one noticed why that is? Because children are stupid.
You hope for Santa. You hope your parents stop fighting. You hope you stop being bullied. You hope for attention from your father. You hope you did good.
Fuck you, kid.
It’s not that adults don’t hope – I personally hope a beautiful girl – say, Anne Hathaway – will enter my life seeking to give the Perfect Blowjob, and, in her noble pursuit, needs someone to practice on – but adults don’t indulge in hope. For the most part, we know a fairy tale when we see one, people who invest in companies with fictitious assets aside (Power your car with water? Really?).
Children have hope because adults have had all the hope disappointed out of them.
America is going through a period of Hope Fulfilled. The Fairy Tale that is Barack Obama has its Happy Ending, which is, it turns out, a New Beginning.
The thing about promising Change to everyone is that, while everyone wants Change, the Change everyone wants is different.
Overturning Roe v Wade is Change. Banning Muslims from America is Change. Losing your job is Change.
After 9/11, people seem to have forgotten, George W Bush had approval ratings of 90%. He was slated to be a Great President.
From early signs, with, I understand, two senior Clinton aides tapped for high positions in the Obama Administration, including Chief of Staff, it’s starting to look like Clinton 3.
It’s not the first time Obama is being compared to Clinton, of course. And I find it strange that Obama will inherit the Clinton legacy when they had a Clinton to inherit it, but Obama – and herein lies the magic! – is better able to promise a return to the Clinton era than Hillary Clinton could.
I think the far left is going to be very disappointed.
That’s what I’m hoping for.
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