Five Star Blog Roundup 439: Five Great Posts and a Harlan Ellison Quote

This week's roundup of great posts is brought to you by why blogging, super cool biblical word translations and mistranslations, what the world needs now, the changing legal parameters of marriage, Pride, and a Harlan Ellison quote:

Harlan Ellison at the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society during the LASFS Showcase, 1 May 1982. Photo credit: Pip R. Lagenta [ CC BY 2.0 ],  via Flickr

Harlan Ellison at the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society during the LASFS Showcase, 1 May 1982. Photo credit: Pip R. Lagenta [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr


You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.

Harlan Ellison


Happy reading!

"Writing to the Dark" by Kate Bowles at Music for Deckchairs:

Writing is the gift we give to ourselves. It’s the soul work of our agency, our refusal, and our choice.

"A Camel Through the Eye of a Needle, And Other Wild Tales of Translation" by Stant Litore at Stant Litore:

The text is beautiful and often more nuanced than it appears in translation, and we consistently mangle it because we treat it like a Latin/Roman text instead of a collection of Hebrew and Greek texts. (When you translate radical or subversive texts into the language of Empire, you eventually get Imperial texts).

"A.1. Opportunities and the Costs of Manufactured Crises" by Rebecca Barrett-Fox at 606:

in the middle of the most important event in American history, where we were fighting not just about slavery but about whether we would be a country at all, SOMEONE thought to himself, ‘You know, my contribution to this world should be STEAK SAUCE. THAT’S what this world needs now!'” And, with that, he snatched the bottle out of my hands and put it down with a bang on the table.

"On Paperwork and Spinsters: the Marriage Edition" by Barbara Darby at The Mind Wanders:

On May 1, 2018, the way marriages are solemnized changed in Nova Scotia. The amendments to the Solemnization of Marriage Act, among other changes, remove the ability for anyone under 16 to be married. They also change the categories for self-identification on the marriage licence. Currently, the licence’s options for “conditions of life” are “bachelor, widower, spinster, widow or divorcee.” Now you can identify as “never married, widowed or divorced.”

"What I Believe (Houston Pride 2018)" by Karen Walrond at Chookooloonks:

I will never fully understand what it is to be a different race, a different gender, love differently or pray differently. I can try, but it will never happen.

And yet, this is also true:

I believe that every living being is worthy of love and belonging, and deserving of equal rights under the law.

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