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1. AP article on black voter support for Obama. (h/t James Taranto)
2. A revisionist history of blackface. Seems that whites dressing in blackface and engaging in minstrelsy is similar to the modern “wigger” in that some whites now and then want(ed) to be black.
3. E-books and the self-publishing boom has led to a lot of pre-horse cart-putting. This guy has some advice:
At such conferences and conventions you always end up meeting a wide-eyed and delightfully eager gaggle of hopeful penmonkeys young and old who have not yet had the optimism beaten out of them and, more to the point, have not always had wisdom beaten into them.
(I am of course ever a fan of beating wisdom into writers. Often with a board. A heavy wooden board.)
Part of what always stuns me about these conferences is the focus — more from the standpoint of the question-askers rather than the answer-givers or the conference-holders — on the end game. The then above the now. The result rather than the process. The publishing above the story. More crassly, the questions end up being more about the commerce rather than the craft.
Reminds me of a private forum discussion in which an older blogger was telling a younger blogger that he has all of the technical skills to become a good writer, but what he lacks is life experience. I think anyone who writes on any level recognizes the quality of their output when they’re writing from a place of wisdom and experience rather than just trying to force the issue.
4. Does testosterone serve as a sort of truth serum? Strange methodology, but who knows. I’d expect that testosterone fosters a certain confidence that precludes the desire to be dishonest. Dishonesty can be seen as a sort of self-defense mechanism or a way to skirt around the rules laid down by society. If one feels insecure, they are more apt to be dishonest in order to procure resources. But men with higher testosterone levels might not be quite as insecure in themselves. They don’t skirt the rules in order to get ahead because they don’t feel like they’re already behind.
Don’t marry a bitch, but if she starts acting that way, say, “Bitch, be cool.” If that doesn’t work, then you need to exit the ride. Don’t wait for her to kick you off. She might wait till you’re about to go through the loop-to-loop and unfasten your seatbelt.