Fiction: Diversity Fest!

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Mix of public domain silhouette, Eugene Boudin’s “On the Beach,” 1866, France, also public domain.

That show many people seem to love has had its season finale, so fill the void with my short story “Diversity Fest!” here on WP. Bonus: no fee.

And now for the making-of bit: I don’t know if it’s the final draft, but I do think what’s here is (at the very least) a solid, good read.

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Lit-Vamp

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© Lena Finch

This post isn’t about some vampire that feeds on the informal version of literature. Mostly it’s a bit of bias in favor of the Steuert-penned fiction here: https://ilovevampirenovels.com/vampires/wednesday-reading-list-82317/ Actually, no, wait. Maybe it is about a vampire that feeds on the informal version of literature — certainly if one generally capitalizes the “l” in “literature,” anyway.

Fandom

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E. Manet art, 1872

I’m not much of a sports fan, but I think there’s a sort of franchise element to its fandom shared with anything in which one is a fan of something (that seems) bigger than one’s self. Like, there are fans of sports teams, and there are fans of a comic book company team in a way that’s not dissimilar. As it is when a sports fan experiences someone scoring the winning goal, a different team-fan has the ability to feel like they’re living/winning through a specific franchise’s travails. This could be much the same with just a single character — be it a fictional one, an athlete, or even some actor. Continue reading “Fandom”

‘The “Privilege” of Vampirism’

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© Lena Finch

Late Night Partners” is “a full-fledged novella currently selling for less than two dollars” that is “well worth the price,” writes JL. “Doris’s transition into vampirism is not straightforward—it’s a very different narrative from the popular Romantic Vampire type; her sire isn’t there to mentor her, and there is no reason or ceremony to her turning. She simply is thrust into new circumstances and made to accept them and understand herself within them; through her vignettes in the eighteenth century, finally see where the ‘privilege’ of vampirism can run out.”

“7.5/10.” Full review here.

Wings and the Lack There Of

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Crop of Albrecht Durer art

Most of liberalism’s biggest heavyweights did not support Jeremy Corbyn. The official wing of liberalism is generally so because it still benefits the privileged the most on an economic level, thriving in the shared part of a Venn diagram which has its most powerful rival on the other side. It mostly supports the poor having some of the same rights that it does, just so long as there are still privileged bubbles.

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In Their Nicest Clothes

Their new haircut or hairdo doesn’t need much work. A few tussles and … there, good. Now there’s the outfit they have picked out — a nice suit, a dress, a kilt. Whatever it is, to them it’s the regalia of someone who is very much alive. Wearing these clothes, they walk purposefully around their house, their room, or if they’re lucky, their neighborhood — if only the porch — and there, they wait.

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Divestment

With most demographics having been let down by a system rigged to benefit the most rich/fortunate, there’s plenty of people for which a policy that takes away from others seems like an investment in themselves. Generally speaking, though, such policies will not result in anything of substance for them in a way that isn’t feudal. Feudalism at its worst is the overseers scapegoating one group of “lesser-thans” as the cause of problems that are, if not created by those overseers, exacerbated by their boundless greed.