March 23rd, 2015

The Red Tree

"Get ready for the future: it is murder."

I had a restless night, too little sleep. I lay in bed listening to a Great horned owl hooting in the near distance. I awake to a world of scabby snow and bare trees. The sky is so, so blue. There will be melt today, despite the cold. There was wind last night, and there's wind today. The cabin creaks when there's a strong gust. My mind is exhausted by this winter, and the summer we didn't get last year, and by last winter. I feel frail and rail thin. My nerves are raw. My eyes hurt. No real warmth is anywhere in the Woodstock forecast. Currently, it's 24˚F and feels like 14˚F. In Providence, it's 29˚F and feels like 15˚F. In Birmingham, it's 62˚F, and the projected high is 67˚F.


A couple of hours ago, I started to read a Slate article on Ted Cruz' position on climate change, and I was immediately pummeled by this utter absurdity of a sentence: "He has a history of saying global warming–denying talking points." I can only assume the author meant to say that Cruz denies the reality of global warming. Slate, are you actually incapable of hiring people who can write coherent sentences?

Two articles that should be read: "Please Be Disturbed: Triggering Can Be Good for You, Kids." And "In College and Hiding From Scary Ideas."

When I was in college, it was the Eagle Forum, the Moral Majority, and creationists who were trying to destroy higher education. Now, it's people who probably think of themselves as liberal and progressive. Because, you know, you go far enough to the Left, and you're on the Right (and vice versa).

The safe space, Ms. Byron explained, was intended to give people who might find comments “troubling” or “triggering,” a place to recuperate. The room was equipped with cookies, coloring books, bubbles, Play-Doh, calming music, pillows, blankets and a video of frolicking puppies, as well as students and staff members trained to deal with trauma.

That left me almost speechless. These students are willingly infantilizing themselves, and I want to know who taught them this is how intellectuals behave. I also want to know who taught them censorship is okay, as long as you're censoring shit that frightens you or challenges your worldview.

By the way, I have no "microaggressions." All my aggressions are really fucking big.


Yesterday, I finished "The Aubergine Alphabet." The word count for W, X, Y, and Z came to 1,865 words.

This morning I was saddened by the news of Peggy Rae Sapienza's passing. She helped get me to the 2014 World Fantasy Convention and seemed like a kindly, intelligent person.

Aunt Beast