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I’m going to make this quick and perfectly clear — if you find it your calling to come on this site and begin policing it for language you find insensitive, or callous, and feel even further compelled by some messaging of the cosmos to “point out” how you “feel” about the use of language here — by attempting to shame the author — then you have stumbled on the wrong fire.
That kind of thinking is philosophically bereft and beneath the dignity of what we have built. It is an attempt at forcing writers into self-censorship, or to toe a particular line.
And that’s some tow-headed bullshit.
So, if your feelings are hurt, take your grievance to your local drum circle, or maybe make up a sing-song about it while you are burning down a hamburger joint, throwing bricks at cops, and/or stealing televisions. But attempts to shame authors or to import tribunal thinking into these pages will not be tolerated.
It’s getting Orwellian out there.
In Gene Wolfe’s Book of the New Sun, there is a group called Ascians who are from a country where you are only allowed to speak in passages from a political manifesto. That could be what we are headed toward. Wolfe plays with it though. He manages to have a character tell a story critical of the ruling government using these quotes.
Craig Rullman says
Yeah buddy. And I won’t have it. I punch back. Every time.
Lori Hines says
What do you have against toe heads?
Craig Rullman says
Now that is funny. Well done.
What I find odd is that a lot of people are more concern with what people SAY than what people DO; more so than the rioting and the looting. Really more concerned with what is said than with George Floyd’s death.
Keith West says
Good for you, Craig. One of the things I like about this site is that you say what you think.
If someone from the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone had a complaint, can they complain directly here or should they go through the State Department.
FRANK JENSEN says
Excellent ! Covers so many issues. The Len Babb updates are great ‚looking forward to seeing the finished product.
I had a gym coach back in the 60’s who had some philosophical wisdom on the wall of the gym. one said “cussing is the crutch of the conversational cripple”, between that and my father who was rather “Victorian”, no cussing in front of females…I was inhibited! and then I got drafted into the army and all hell broke loose!
Chrissy Snyder says
Don’t know what happened or was said but just let me know if anyone gives you a hard time I’ll take care of ‘em. I may be small and tiny, nearing 70, but when I get mad, better look out.
Your defending pal,
Grateful for your strong and steady voice in these absurd and depressing times. Keep punching. Your fans have your back.
Valarie J Anderson says
Keep punching! EVERYONE has the right to free speech.
Robert Fuller says
I like your statement.
Ol' Neighbor Brad says
Well done, well said!! The warmth of the fire is comforting, eh?!
Chris Youman says
Amen to that!
Nancy Becker says
I love how you write and express your perceptions and feelings.And I’ve learned new creative vocabulary along the way! Like fucktard. Wasn’t that one of yours? There were several great words to describe the various levels of humanity you have had to endure. Thank you for saying it all in your voice. Keep it up! We love you for you!
Regina Sheik says
I love your eloquence… it’s refreshing!
I’m more comfortable quoting comic bubbles…
I am still laughing out loud Craig, in fact I need to pause to wipe my eyes! Like right now.….…..
Six months after hanging the gun up for good, my wife thinks I’m finally cracking up at the dinner table at ten in the morning. This reminds me of the doctor’s note. That f*****g (censored enough?) doctors note you gave me.…. I’m having my own “uncontrollable tremors” currently.
Oh man — this is great and whomever that was, or is — you can suck it.
Too awesome Mr. Rullman (long live Ragnar)
Do all the yoga and tea sipping you can my friend, but never lose that fighting spirit buddy!
Tribunals seem inescapable these days, but messaging this clear at least saves everyone a lot of typing and heartache.