Friday, December 23, 2016

Books Read in 2016


The very few books I was able to read in 2016. Maybe the first two don't really count: the first is the Polish text for my translation, which is the second. Only one book from local Deep Vellum Publishing. But two from Spurl Editions! And then two others (a novel and a memoir) by terribly famous gay boys who made it quite clear to me that I was not as important a writer or on the same level of fabulous gay writers as they. Ho hum.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Electioneering

Note: I was working on this list-cum-manifesto during the recent elections in the U.S. and found it now in my draft folder. Because of the results of that election, I think this post, albeit incomplete and unfinished, is still necessary.

My vote is mine alone. I don't owe my vote to anyone. Nobody deserves my vote.

Those of us who are disenfranchised and/or dissuaded to vote for one of the nominees of the major two parties are not to blame for the failings of the two-party system. My "wasted" or "throw-away" vote was always already wasted and thrown away by participating in an election with a two-party system.

Spoiler alert: the "spoiler effect" of third-party candidates isn't real. Or, to be more precise: the spoiler effect of voting for a third-party candidate in a two-party system is by its very design and intention meant to spoil the two-party system.

My vote is meaningless. With the two-party system, winner-take-all elections, and the structure of the Electoral College, no one vote has any meaning or value.

Elections in and of themselves are meaningless. Democracy is so much more than a few hours every four years.