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Bittersweet Start to 2014. . .

Antikythera mechanismWhere 2013 went out with a decent bang, 2014 is sort of “meh” so far. Granted, we’re only one day in, but hopefully things progress from here.

Something about which I have a much more significant piece forthcoming is becoming a father. On December 21, 2013, Joseph Paul Owens made his debut into the world. This is important enough that it deserves a post/essay that doesn’t stray from the subject.

Nebraska beat Georgia, but that’s ostensibly irrelevant comparatively (though, still, Go Big Red!).

No, these things I’ve just mentioned are not what’s left a bad taste in my mouth; that dubious honor goes to the special way that only all out, diametrically-opposed arguments with family members can.

I’ve been vocal in my disapproval of A&E’s capitulation in the whole Duck Dynasty racism/homophobia fiasco. I’m not going to rehash it here. The bottom line is that, when you say ignorant things that your insularity has caused (or whatever) in 2013, don’t be shocked when someone calls you on your bigoted bullshit.

Of course — like so many of the most infuriating arguments are wont to do — what amounts to a verbal fraternal brawl broke out on my Facebook wall. I’m embarrassed to say, but I’ve got family members who wish they lived in pre-1860s America (or in the parts of Texas not called Austin, today). I support equal rights for everyone — no qualifications, no justifications. I was accused of preaching today, but if I preach anything, it’s equality and tolerance.

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So I Was Thinking…

…about this blog/website.

I was also thinking of the other bazillion social media feeds to which I’ve attached my name: Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, etc.

I’m trying to figure out how to keep things from becoming redundant. This is trickier than it sounds.

My thought is to keep the blog updated once a week, Tumblr once a day, and Twitter, well, if you follow me (@JoeMOwens) you know keeping up with that won’t be a problem. Facebook, I’m just saying whatever to. It’ll probably get updated close to every day but it might not. We’ll see.

I’ve got a problem when it comes to parsing out what I want to post where. It causes me anxiety and paralysis by analysis.

I have to make sure I’m creating my share of content for InDigest and Specter, while also posting stuff on Cat13. Tricky, tricky…

This would be an entirely less significant problem if only I were a more prolific writer. But I’m not.

So we’ll just have to see how it goes…

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Women Writers Who Are Better Than V.S. Naipaul (A Facebook Thread)

Last Friday on Facebook, I began a thread to deconstruct V. S. Naipaul’s claim that no woman writer was/is equal to him. It turns out it didn’t take much effort to compile a fantastic list of women writers who are not only equal to Naipaul in any measurable capacity but superior and, more importantly, infinitely more readable. Here is the thread in its entirety:

Female Authors [off the top of my head] who I like better than V.S. Naipaul: Zadie Smith, Monica Ali, Flannery O’Connor, Ann Beattie, Patricia Lear, Catherine Texier, Amy Hassinger, Karen Russell, Toni Morrison, Yiyun Li, Tea Obreht, Amy Hempel, Marilynne Robinson, Jane Smiley, Mary Robison, Katherine Dunn, Aimee Bender, Joan Didion, JANE AUSTEN, ZZ Packer…

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