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Five Star Friday's 113th Edition Is Brought to You By John Gardner

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The writer who cares more about words than about story – characters, action, setting, atmosphere – is unlikely to create a vivid and continuous dream; he gets in his own way too much; in his poetic drunkenness, he can't tell the cart – and its cargo – from the horse.
     — John Gardner

This Five Star Friday roundup is brought to you by artists and their works, blank paper, little moments, and more small moments, a nemesis, ageing, the future,

Inception

, wrongness, a mid-life crisis, BlogHer, heartbreak, seizures, and child molestation.

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The Big Questions: Should artists' lives or opinions affect how people perceive their art?

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Tasha Robinson

at

The A.V. Club

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Ultimately, if the art has value, if it speaks to people in anything but an ephemeral, of-its-immediate-era sort of way, it will likely be around longer than the artist will. It will reach more people than the artist’s interviews or personal life. And eventually, it’ll have to stand on its own. Irritating hiccups like George Lucas “enhancing” the original Star Warstrilogy aside, the artist changes over time, but the artwork stays the same, and part of its value comes out in whether it speaks to people outside its immediate era, and whether it outlasts the creator’s own commentary.

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Mixed Emotions

" from

10% Fiction

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Moments. The Ones That Keep You Going.

" from

Where Am I Going... And Why Am I In This Handbasket?

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My Enemy, Myself

" from

Wendi Aarons

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Ever since junior high, I’ve fantasized about having a sparring partner—the Alexis to my Krystle, if you will. And over the years, I’ve searched long and hard for someone with whom I can trade witty, pointed barbs. For someone who’ll make my blood boil until I smash my scotch glass against the wall of my luxurious alpine chateau. For someone who’ll spend countless hours plotting my downfall only to ultimately realize that my life force is just too strong and therefore her only option is to sell her mink stoles on Craigslist and move to a double-wide in Skokie, Illinois where her dead body will later be found by an unsuspecting Census taker with a sensitive sense of smell.
Wouldn’t that be wonderful?

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Points

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Words... Thoughts... Nonsense...

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Still Mine

" from

My Tornado Alley

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Inception Is Not Particularly Good, So Go See It

" by

Palinode

at

MamaPop

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Go see Inception, because it’s the first original action thriller I can remember in years. Because it’s not in 3D. Because the actors make a meal out of thin gruel. Go and make up your mind, because even flawed films like this are better another Chipmunks sequel. I believe that Nolan has better films than Inception in his future, and I will keep putting money down until he gets there.

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The Future

" from

The Aftermath of Rainbows and Unicorns

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Insane and Rising

" from

LaurieWrites

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I Give Up

" from

Fussy

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Mid-life crises are a tawdry cliche, and being in your forties means different things to different people. But it seems like a common thread that pierces everyone’s heart eventually is when you finally start to grasp the inevitability of your own demise.

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2010 Blogher Conference FAQ: NYC edition

" from

Mom-101

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For Jessica

" from

Finding Your Voice

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At the Red Light

" from

cribchronicles.com

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my hands, though, flapped against the steering wheel uncertainly. i felt frozen, as if i’d stumbled upon someone masturbating, or taking a dump: some animal activity we are civilized into pretending none of us engage in. verboten!! my eyes screamed at me, and averted themselves. then i looked back. i could not stop looking. her open mouth – soundless but for the background noise of my local morning radio show – reminded me of my children’s faces, slack and gaping in their sleep.

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Ignore

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Caissie's Thing

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