March 8th, 2003

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Tomorrow Outworlders is having its first readers group meeting to discuss Storm Constantine's Sign for the Sacred, which I kid you not was the spontaneous choice, insisted upon by other people, not me! Not that I fought it or anything when a couple of people suggested it but... Wow, lucky me!

Anyhow, for the meeting tomorrow I'm reviewing the book a bit and putting sticky notes on the various pages with significant bits, so of course I had to stumble on this quote, which is one of those quotes that seem to sum up everything:


The world is an infinity of different realities. Some people live in a kind of fairyland, and it is real to them. They create their own myths and live them. Others live in a humdrum, boring world, and it never changes. Routine is the order of the day. There is not magic in thir lives, no possible space for it. But, despite these different views, everyone lives in the same world. Fairies and magic exist for one person, but not for another. Both are right, because they have created their world that way. How individuals perceive the world makes the only difference.


(Quote comes from Resenence Jeopardy, the enigmatic prophet character everyone else in the book is chasing throughout the book.)
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Slate on Bush

One of my guilty pleasures in life is noticing links on the MSN home page after I used Hotmail. Sometimes I don't have to feel so guilty though, when I find, say, a link to a great article from Slate:

Gray Matter
Bush's incomprehension of foreign viewpoints.
http://slate.msn.com/id/2079763/

Here's the heart of it:

Four times at his press conference, Bush was asked why other countries weren't seeing things our way. Four times, he had no idea.

Bloomberg News reporter Dick Keil asked Bush why American allies who had seen U.S. intelligence on Iraq didn't agree that the threat was sufficient to require war. Bush replied that other countries agreed with him. Fox News reporter Jim Angle asked why "so many people around the world take a different view." Bush replied that protest was healthy but that it wouldn't change his opinion—as though the question had been about his opinion. ABC News correspondent Terry Moran asked why "so many governments and peoples around the world now not only disagree with you very strongly, but see the U.S. under your leadership as an arrogant power." Bush replied that the world would come around. Finally, Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter Ron Hutcheson asked Bush about critics who feared war would destabilize the Middle East: "Do you ever worry, maybe in the wee, small hours, that you might be wrong, and they might be right?" Bush didn't budge. "I know we'll prevail," he said. "And out of that disarmament of Saddam will come a better world."


Full essay at: http://slate.msn.com/id/2079763/
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