Monday, October 18, 2010

Autumn Night

Tonight I sit staring at the darkness out my window. I have gotten more hits on my short essay about Personas than I did on my last series of stories that I wrote last autumn. I like to do most of my writing  this time of the year. I really do love this time of the year. The changing leaves, the cooler weather, and the tics disappear. Well, that's all I have to say tonight.
Wishing my readers good health and plenty of wealth, CaptainCraft.

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Know Thy Self

 In a world where social networking, chatting, and role playing games are becoming more popular, gets me thinking about the old adage: "Know thy self and be divine." A simple statement and it should be easy to know thy self, after all, you spend every moment of your life with yourself. I recently read a critic who stated that too many people are more interested in creating online profiles than they were in creating a true self identity. There are always critics complaining about modern advancement and lamenting about the supposed good old days. There was never a time when people did not create a profile or a persona to play in public. In nearly every social situation people have they wear masks to enable them to survive in public and private life.
Proof in this is the Shakespearean quote: "All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts.."
So the idea that people have been creating profiles, or parts, to play before others is nothing new. The problem was not caused by social networking. The question is this: is it wrong to play a role for others and is having a true self really that important? I answer that both are important. It matters not if another person knows the real you. It serves no purpose, but to disillusion that person. It would expose your weaknesses to the world. But, it is important for you to know your real self that way you know how to disguise your weaknesses with a public mask. Nobody is interested getting to know another human being, they are only interested in watching the drama of life play out before their eyes. You cannot have dramas without actors and you can't act without pretending. Know your self and know what others want from you. Play the part that others want from you and in this your true self will never suffer ridicule.
As to the technophobe, who believes that creating an online profile is bad, I say to hell with him. Social networks and the Internet are but mere reflections of things that have always been. 

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Sunday, October 03, 2010

Hammer Thoughts

Recently, I got an email from Amazon alerting me that a new Mike Hammer book was on the market. I have read the first six novels and The Girl Hunters, The Snake, and The Goliath Bone. They were all pretty entertaining reads, but the first six were the best. The Girl Hunters portrays Mike Hammer as a washed up alcoholic bum. The book is spiced with comments of how he's going to make a big return and suggests that he'll be bigger than what he was before. He gets more violent in the Snake, which continues the same storyline as the Girl Hunters and the two can be read together. Ultimately, Hammer just seemed out of place in the sixties and I now realize that a writer's best years for fiction is their early period. I read the last book of the Mike Hammer series, The Goliath Bone. In it Mike Hammer is old and living in the era of cellphones and if he was out of place in the sixties, it is pretty clear that he is out of his time frame in the post 9/11 world. Mike Hammer never really became big again like he was in the '40's and '50's. I was somewhat disappointed with Mike Hammer, after reading The Girl Hunters. He came across as being kind of a weak character, washed up, and out of place. Logically the events leading up to The Girl Hunter, Velda's supposed death, should have made Mike Hammer meaner and more of a loose cannon. The fantasy of Mike Hammer died in the sixties and the good times of the past belongs in the past. The only thought I can conclude about this is that you should never follow the same writer through out their entire career. After the first few novels, you should move on to something else.  

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