Jul 16, 2015
commented on The Summer I Got Drugged—Maybe
Don't feel bad about cutting and running; you might not have been drugged, but there was something going on that made you vulnerable. There's a myriad of health issues that you can pick up in that part of the world (parasitical, microbial), that can knock you out, badly. Never a cowardly move to secure your personal safety.
Apr 22, 2014
commented on It's Been A Couple of Days—How Are You Feeling About That Game of Thrones Rape Scene?
I think you may be heading towards the greater question of whether or not storytellers have an obligation to only tell 'nice' (utopian?) stories, and then the messier question of who decides what 'nice' is. If the discussion veers towards the greater social value of storytelling, idea that the crisis to resolution arc is absolutely vital to stories and the characters themselves is going to butt itself up above your wish to pick and choose what kinds of crisis are permitted in the narrative.
Your poll questions seem to come from your personal gut reaction to a particular type of awful situation (rape.) Not picking on you for that - being intensely anti-rape is a perfectly noble position. But to be inclusive to everything in the story, you might have added one more option:
It's an awful brutish world, and rape is merely one of the awful brutish things that happen in it, and let's see how everybody resolves it.
(My two cents - there's these long angsty posts about rape, but for me, personally, I am far, far more upset by the murder of infants and small children. Other people might be desperately bothered by slavery. So, if you demand that the storyteller skip the bits that really upset each person, you've ended up with... dunno. Goodnight Moon?)
Sep 20, 2013
commented on Sally J. Clark to Gay Russian Teenagers: Drop Dead
Just a point of clarification on the assault mentioned in the beginning of the post. The man was probably being targeted and assaulted because he was Uzbek. Brutalizing Central Asians (especially Uzbeks) is horrifyingly commonplace here. The gay bashing overtones to the assault might have been fueled by the current political furor, but honestly, Uzbeks and other Central Asians who move to Russia to find work have been victims of this sort of violence for years.
I'm not trying to detract from the point of the post, but I just wanted you to be aware that in this part of the world, incidents like this aren't first and foremost gay bashing. There are lots of skinhead/neo-Nazi groups in Russia that beat up and murder Central Asians, and they probably use the gay bashing style assaults on their victims because they see it as a way to degrade their victims even further.
Jul 9, 2013
commented on SL Letter of the Day: New Road Rules
The further east you go the more likely they are to encounter green card hunters - I'd worry more about the girls in Khazahkstan than the Czech Republic. I used to live in that area (across the border in Uzbekistan). Those are some very determined and hot women. They used to throw themselves at my husband even when I was present.
Jul 8, 2013
commented on Slog Bible Study: 2 Samuel 13:10-15
The moral of the story is that you don't want to be a woman named Tamar in the Bible. Remember the touching love story of Tamar and Judah where she almost got executed by burning because she was pregnant? (Which is a piece of Biblical wisdom that the "pro life because God" crowd hasn't addressed as far as I know. THat would be interesting).
Jun 21, 2013
commented on James Gandolfini
Damn... I just watched a video of him reading "In the Night Kitchen" to commemorate what would have been Maurice Sendak's 85th.