Home sweet home…

For a couple of days…

Fyrecon is in the bag. Interesting little con, still working through some teething pains, but good potential. The master classes were good to excellent, according to every one I talked to, and I know the World Building one with Larry Correia was excellent. Held in Layton, UT, the con organizers did a nice job of coordination with the local community, and the spaces were excellent (but the chairs sucked, nothing new there). There is plenty to do in the local area, if you decide to take a spouse that isn’t into writing.

One of the sidebar conversations I got into was about diversity and representation of characters in literature, and the evolution of the SJW/woke/whatever requirements, and what would happen if historical leading lights in fiction were to try to write their books today (Mark Twain, ER Burroughs, Howard, EE Smith, Heinlein, etc.) The consensus was that most of them could not get published anywhere in today’s environment, based on the ‘views’ today.

Which really made me wonder if people understand that ‘history’ cannot be adequately ‘viewed’ through the lens of today’s mores/morals, as those mores/morals have evolved considerably over the last 100 years. Whether the mores/morals of a ‘day’ were right or wrong, by today’s standards/views, those WERE the mores/morals that the authors dealt with or had AT THE TIME.

I actually wonder if Shakespeare could be printed today… sigh



Home sweet home… — 11 Comments

  1. Shakespeare? Who’s he… but no, in answer to your question, he couldn’t be printed — or staged — today.

    Your comment on history, though, is right on. It is impossible — simply impossible — to understand history (or even really learn it) unless one can understand the setting and the concepts of ethics and customs and morals of the time. Do try to understand the people of even a few generations ago starting with today’s customs is doomed.

  2. I should add on Shakespeare — he is, of course, staged today — but with edited or modified scripts. Sometimes works, sometimes doesn’t.

  3. And who the hell is to say the ethics and morals, being forced on us today by the “Woke”, are the ultimate? A hundred years from now will these social justice morals be seen as salvation or as damnation?

    Just asking?

  4. IMHO, it’s part of the plan. Want to destroy a culture? Erase their history from memory.

    • And selectively edit so you can influence how people, or a nation, remember themselves. I got a sense that Poland, for example, can’t decide if it wants credit for being a victim, or for being the Defensor Fidei et Occidens (defender of the faith and of the west), or both, and if so, how.

      To the Czechs, the Habsburgs are the enemy. To the Poles, they get grudging credit for not being as bad as the Russians or Prussians. In Austria, they are the heroes (sometimes, not always.)

  5. Can you imagine the reaction to a character in a modern play named Shylock who is a Jewish money lender?

  6. Ian- Amen… sigh

    Houston- Agreed!

    RHT- THat it is…

    NRW- The outrage would… oh wait… Jewish, so that would be fine… After all, Jew… Dammit…

  7. ‘I actually wonder if Shakespeare could be printed today… sigh’
    “To be or not to be… a man, perchance a woman…’
    There. Fixed it.

  8. Hey Old NFO;

    I have told people that “you can’t judge or complain about something that was written over a 100+ years ago, you can’t use the literary prism of today to evaluate historical work. You have to understand the times that it was written and in that context.”