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I ought to be delighted that Jean-Luc Picard is returning.

But there's always the danger that the whole show will be Junior Lieutenant Picard; the one who avoided the Nausicaan. #StarTrek
Star Trek has had an enduring problem: playing it safe, avoiding nasty consequences, cheating death and grief of their consequence.

The whole of Voyager should've been "Year of Hell". Instead, we got a space drama/sitcom, and Moore made BSG.
Of course there've been some good episodes. Some *great* episodes.

But Star Trek peaked with mid-to-late TNG and DS9, and the rest was stale gagh.
So, look. I trust Patrick Stewart. He's given the role incredible dignity.

I'm just wary of the studios and their concessions to the comfortable.
Also, this is *not* a request for grimdark edgy crap. Look what DC did to their superheroes. Yeah nah.

Just make it thoughtful, plausible, curious, visually enchanting--and *ethical*.

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Aug 28, 2018
Tell me again about how these Liberal politicians are "ordinary blokes". They live in a world where a phone call to a minister is a normal way to sort out childcare.
So what's normal about them?

Racism, I guess.
Oh, and the exclusion of women from power. That's pretty "normal", eh.
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Aug 27, 2018
Quick writing session listening to the 12" 'I Feel Love' because fuck yeah.
"Cooing ascending couplets of an almost banal ecstasy, Summer’s breathy vocals still dwelled in the stratosphere of her own manufactured sensation." slantmagazine.com/features/artic…

It doesn't matter what she's singing. She's singing it *perfectly*.
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Aug 26, 2018
I too like to practice in the “small area” of international life coach for millions.
Petersen’s message is explicitly antipolitical: that is, advising us to avoid the community in favour of the self.

But what kind of self is wholly preoccupied with itself?
And how is advising this defeatist individualism not a form of “large scale” activism?

Surely Peterson is an activist, he’s just a monetised one. He sells his message, rather than lobbying for it.
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Aug 26, 2018
I’m cool with festivals hosting performances. They’re rarely about reading anyway. But I agree with @text_publishing’s M Heyward: “I work with people who sit by themselves in a room for three years not knowing whether they’re wasting their time entirely” theguardian.com/culture/2018/a…
I mean, if it’s a choice between “perform the usual authorial advertisement for your book” or “perform a mock funeral for yourself”, the latter might be fun for everyone.

As long as a wide range of books gets into a wide range of hands, I genuinely don’t care.
Put another way: make sure you’re supporting authors, who work their guts out for very little financial reward.
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Aug 9, 2018
I’m seeing more “reading fiction makes you empathetic” tweets, and ugh.

Yes, we can certainly try to comprehend others, and to feel something like what they feel.
But note the “try”. It’s a *labour*.

We can be empathetic without fiction, and we can have fiction and be wholly aloof (e.g. because the story doesn’t move us).
Some studies show a correlation between a lifetime of reading “literary fiction” and the ability to recognise the emotional states of others (under laboratory conditions).
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Aug 7, 2018
Check out this yob on the tube. Also: hello, England!
Though I assure you I welcome the gestures at Australian comfort, you really don't have to be hot.
Guess who just remembered the UK doesn’t use EU power sockets.

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