February 11th, 2009


Two Unconnected Things

I've kept this open for a few days now, trying to think of something to say about it. It's an article about the NY families affected by the $500k cap and goes through a list of what their outlay is, living in Manhattan. 

Well. For one thing, it seems patently absurd to include list items like 2 vacations
in an article about families having to tighten their belts, when elsewhere people are being given advice on how to buy things at thrift stores and stretch cheap cuts of meat. And if one of the items they have to afford is a nanny, doesn't that imply that both partners work, so shouldn't that second income be factored in?

The article overall doesn't seem to make sense to me, but to have been published so we can all point at it and decry these folks, who are as trapped as most of us by a self-indulgent consumerist society, rather than the corporations that have been busily shuttling most of our society's wealth into the hands of a privileged few with increasing speed over the last twenty or so years.

I'm just saying.

To the hopeful new writers out there, I wanted to point you at the excellent writing programs taking apps now, Clarion West and Clarion. I do some volunteer work with Clarion West, whose stellar line-up this year is John Kessel (I've had a workshop with him and he is a super teacher), Elizabeth Bear (whose work I like a lot, so I'm very excited about this), Karen Joy Fowler, Nalo Hopkinson (yay!), David Hartwell, and Rudy Rucker. Elsewhere at Clarion, you've got a chance at Holly Black, Larissa Lai, Robert Crais, Kim Stanley Robinson, Elizabeth Hand, and Paul Park (also had a workshop with him, and he's terrific). If you have the money and the leisure for a writing workshop, either of these would be well worth it.