Again with the goal of writing ANYTHING, no matter how TERRIBLE: ten minutes.
- Me, when coaching a writing student: “Would that you may delight in the joy of the Muse’s rapture! To unleash the bonds of self-doubt and cherish the cultivation of carefully crafted prosody! How invigorating to light upon the perfect phrase, a hummingbird in the garden of thought!”
- Me, when attempting to write A Thing: “CURSED BE THE FATES THAT DRAGGED ME TO THIS KEYBOARD. also, I think I need to play word games for another eleven minutes before starting. it is a game about words so that definitely counts.”
Here is a staged tableau for the cover of the new Facebook page for the re-launched blog. My favorite parts are the beeswax luminary from my hometown of Athens, Georgia, the chaplet I received as a gift at a Catholic women’s conference, and the unicorn tapestry tray that I happened upon at a garage sale several years ago in Victoria, Texas.
I have paid no attention to WordPress.com for the past couple of years, but I like their Reader functionality now. For whatever reason, I didn’t realize you could follow non-WordPress sites there. If you miss Google Reader, you might like this.
Esquire magazine’s feature this week is a lengthy profile of a teenager – “The American Boy at 17.” Apparently it will be part of a series on Growing Up in America Today, so I guess we’ll get more teenagers from different walks of life. I can’t fathom the reasoning behind allowing my child to be profiled and tossed to the Think Piecers to use as their latest symbol of what is wrong and/or right with the world today. This entire enterprise seems fundamentally deranged. Even if this kid understands that yes, this article will follow him for the rest of his life, does he really get the ramifications thereof? What greater good is served by this series? And is it worth it?
Because next in the series will be a suburban teen pushing back against the hidebound authority structure at her school as she explores her gender orientation, or whatever circumstance is likely to provoke an extreme, traffic-generating reaction online from another quarter. Are the names/towns not changed in these profiles because it’s assumed the kids will be doxxed anyway?
To be clear, I place most of the responsibility on the magazine. If the kids’ parents don’t understand how this series will affect their children (presuming the series continue), the magazine staff certainly should.